Shields back to NBC with 'Lipstick' role


Brooke Shields has been tapped to star in NBC's one-hour pilot "Lipstick Jungle," while Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz has signed on to star in Fox's comedy pilot "Playing Chicken."

In other pilot casting news, Kevin Daniels and Christopher Thornton have landed the two leads in NBC's comedy "I'm With Stupid," Eric Balfour has been cast in a lead role in CBS' drama "Protect and Serve," Jack Davenport and Grant Show are set to star in CBS' drama "Swingtown," and Xander Berkeley has been cast in NBC's untitled Blake/Shore drama.

"Lipstick," from NBC Universal TV Studio, is based on Candace Bushnell's novel about three rich, power-hungry professional women in New York. Shields will play one of them, a movie studio president and a harried wife and mother of three.

Shields is coming off a strong multiepisode stint on FX's "Nip/Tuck." She is repped by UTA.

"Chicken," from Warner Bros. TV and Werner-Gold-Miller, revolves around Jake (Butz), a loudmouthed conservative, and his brother Tim, an intellectual lefty, who are forced to live together after an accident leaves Jake wheelchair-bound.

Broadway star Butz won a Tony in 2005 for his role in "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels."

"Stupid," from NBC Uni TV and Reveille, centers on a down-and-out guy (Daniels) who befriends a wheelchair-bound young man (Thornton) and winds up moving into his assisted living facility. Daniels' credits include ABC's "Their Eyes Were Watching God." Thornton (manager David Sweeney, Colden, McKuin & Frankel) who is wheelchairbound, appeared on ABC's "Alias" and in the feature "Pretty Persuasion."

Darryl "Chill" Mitchell also has been cast in "Stupid" as a cool and charismatic paraplegic. He was most recently seen in the feature "Inside Man."

"Protect and Serve," from NBC Uni TV, follows the lives of street cops in suburban Los Angeles. Balfour will play one of them, an intense and emotional police officer. Balfour series credits include Fox's "24" and NBC's "Conviction" and "Hawaii."

"Swingtown," from CBS Paramount Network TV, revolves around married couples in 1970s suburbia who explore partner-swapping and open marriages. Davenport ("Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest") will play a successful businessman happily married to his high school sweetheart. Show (Fox's "Point Pleasant") will play a handsome airplane pilot who has an open marriage with his wife.

The untitled Shore/Blake project, from NBC Uni TV, is a drama with comedic elements about an ensemble of police officers with a female cop (Famke Janssen) at the center. Berkeley (repped by Domain and Dave Fleming of Mosaic Media Group), whose credits include "24" and the features "North Country" and "Seraphim Falls," will play her boss.

In other pilot casting news, Leslie Odom Jr. has joined the Fox/20th Century Fox TV comedic drama "Supreme Courtships." He will play one of the six Supreme Court clerks in the center of the show.