Ratner top cop for Fox pilot


Brett Ratner has signed on to direct and executive produce Fox's comedy pilot "Cop House," which has added Rachael Harris and Ajay Naidu to its cast.

Meanwhile, supermodel Elle Macpherson is returning to acting with a recurring role on the CW's "Beautiful Life," with Ben Hollingsworth, Sara Paxton, Ashley Madekwe and Nico Tortorella landing leads in the drama pilot.

Christine Baranski has been tapped as a regular and Chris Noth a guest star on CBS' drama pilot "The Good Wife," and David Wilson Barnes has landed a lead in CBS' drama "Eastman's."

20th TV's "House" is set at a halfway house for troubled cops. Harris, repped by UTA and Principato Young, will play the only female cop at the house, sent there for posing nude in Hustler. Naidu will play a cop with a drinking problem.

Ratner will direct the pilot under his deal with 20th and exec produce alongside writer Adam Resnick, Marty Adelstein and Michael Thorn.

CBS Par's "Life" revolves around a group of models living together in a New York co-ed residence.

Macpherson will play the owner of the top modeling agency in New York. Hollingsworth, repped by WMA and Magnolia, will play a wholesome model who bonds with a sweet Midwestern girl (Paxton) making a splash as New York's freshest face. Also playing models are Madekwe and Tortorella, repped by CESD and Kritzer/ Levine/Wilkins.

After appearing in a string of movies and on NBC's "Friends" in the late '90s, McPherson left Hollywood to focus on her business empire. She is repped by Fortitude.

CBS Par's "Wife" centers on a politician's wife (Julianna Margulies) who gets a job as a junior associate at a top law firm.

Emmy winner Baranski will play the top litigator at the firm and in all of Chicago. Noth will play former DA in jail because of a sex scandal.

On WBTV's "Eastman's," about a complicated family of doctors, Innovative-repped Barnes will play one of the five siblings, a cardiologist.

In other pilot castings, Mercedes Masohn, repped by Michael Greene and Luber Rocklin, has joined ABC's comedy "The Law"; Adam Jamal Craig, repped by SMS and 1 Management, has come aboard CBS' drama "Washington Field"; Ana De La Reguera, repped by ICM and ROAR, has been added to ABC's drama "Empire State"; and Colton Dunn has been cast in Fox's comedy "Brothers" opposite Michael Strahan and Darryl Mitchell.
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