'Romance,' 'Empire' pilots flesh out casts

Stephen Rannazzisi, David Call latest to land roles

Stephen Rannazzisi has joined NBC's comedy pilot "State of Romance," and David Call has been added to ABC's drama pilot "Empire State."

The UMS-produced "Romance" revolves around the relationship between Mike (Steve Howey) and Emily (Lindsey Broad). Rannazzisi ("Paul Blart: Mall Cop") will play Mike's roommate. He is repped by UTA and Brillstein Entertainment.

ABC Studios' "Empire" is a contemporary Romeo-and-Juliet tale about the love between the blue-collar Sam (Mike Vogel) and the wealthy Annabelle (Beau Garrett) whose fathers are nemeses. Call, repped by Gersh and Kass/Stokes, will play the man's younger brother.