Sanchez in ABC's huddle


Kiele Sanchez is in final negotiations to star in ABC's drama pilot "Football Wives," while Julianna Margulies is returning to series television as the lead in Fox's drama pilot "Canterbury's Law."

Additionally, Frances O'Connor has been tapped to star in ABC's one-hour pilot "Cashmere Mafia," Jonathan Cake has been tapped to play two roles on NBC's comedy pilot "The Mastersons of Manhattan," Sara Rue is set to co-star on Fox's one-hour pilot "Nurses," Aubrey Dollar has landed one of the leads in ABC's drama pilot "Women's Murder Club," Jaime Murray will co-star opposite Ron Eldard in CBS' drama pilot "Demons," and Glenn Fitzgerald has joined ABC's drama pilot "Dirty Sexy Money."

 "Wives," from ABC TV Studio, is a primetime soap about the wives of professional football players to be directed by Bryan Singer. Sanchez will play the pregnant wife of a rising football star, a good-natured woman with a secret. Sanchez has been recurring on ABC's "Lost." She is repped by the Gersh Agency and manager Dan Spilo.

 "Canterbury's," from Sony Pictures TV and Denis Leary's Apostle, centers on Elizabeth Canterbury (Margulies), an edgy and seasoned defense attorney. Margulies also will serve as producer on the pilot directed by Mike Figgis.

Since departing NBC's "ER" in 2000, Margulies had been approached to do a number of pilots, but this is the first one she has agreed to do. Margulies (Endeavor, Brillstein-Grey, attorney Michael Gendler) was most recently seen in the Sci Fi miniseries "The Lost Room" and in a multiepisode arc on HBO's "The Sopranos."

 "Cashmere," from Sony TV and Darren Star Prods., revolves around four successful female executives in New York. O'Connor will play one of the execs, a top investment banker who is struggling to balance her roles as mother, wife and Wall Street whiz.

O'Connor's credits include features "AI: Artificial Intelligence," "Mansfield Park" and "Timeline."

 "Mastersons," from NBC Uni TV Studio, is a serialized soap about a wealthy family in New York, revolving around two socialite sisters.

Cake will play identical twin brothers Roger and Marshall. Roger is married to one of the Masterson sisters (Natasha Richardson), while Marshall is the other sister's deceased husband.

Cake's recent series credits include NBC's "Inconceivable" and ABC's "Empire" and "Six Degrees."

 "Nurses," from 20th Century Fox TV, is a comedic drama about the lives and loves of a team of nurses. Rue will play one of them, a married woman who frequents online dating sites.

For four years, Rue played the lead on ABC's comedy series "Less Than Perfect."

 "Murder Club," from 20th TV, revolves around four women working together to solve murder cases. Dollar (Gersh) will play one of them, a crime reporter. Her series credits include Fox's "Point Pleasant."

 "Demons," from CBS Paramount Network TV, centers on an ex-Jesuit priest/psychologist (Eldard) who performs exorcisms. Murray, star of the BBC/AMC series "Hustle," will play a neurologist with a great passion for investigating the paranormal, including demonic.

 "Dirty," from ABC TV Studio, centers on an idealistic young lawyer (Peter Krause) who inherits the job of representing the Darlings -- a rich, powerful and ethically flexible family -- after his father dies. Fitzgerald, who did a multiepisode arc on HBO's "Six Feet Under," will play Brian Darling, a reverend who might be hiding some dark secrets.