Siblings set for 'Parenthood'

Krause, Tierney join NBC family; Nelson, three others also aboard pilot

Peter Krause and Maura Tierney are jumping back into primetime with starring roles in NBC's pilot "Parenthood."

In the comedic drama based on the 1989 feature film, the "Dirty Sexy Money" star is set and the "ER" veteran is in negotiations to play versions of the characters portrayed in the movie by Steve Martin and Dianne Wiest.

Additionally, TV veteran Craig T. Nelson and Dax Shepard are in negotiations to co-star in the pilot, with Mae Whitman and Sarah Ramos also landing roles.

In another seamless primetime transition, "Scrubs" co-star John C. McGinley has joined CBS' drama pilot "Back."

Meanwhile, Jacqueline Bisset is set as a lead in CBS' drama pilot "The Eastmans"; Amanda Bynes has been tapped to co-star in ABC's comedy pilot "Canned"; Steve Howey has landed the male lead in NBC's comedy pilot "State of Romance," with Zoe Lister Jones and Grace Rex also cast in leading roles; Andrea Parker has nabbed a lead role on ABC's comedy presentation "This Little Piggy"; and Lourdes Benedicto has joined ABC's drama pilot "V."

"Parenthood," from Jason Katims, UMS and Imagine, revolves around adult siblings, the Bravermans.

Krause will play Adam Braverman, a married man with two children who is a lunatic beneath the surface. Ramos, repped by ICM and manager Doug Wald, will play his good-girl daughter.

Tierney, repped by CAA and Untitled, will play his sister, Sarah, a single mother. Whitman, repped by APA and Crosby/ Spilo, will play her rebellious 16-year-old daughter. Shepard will play the youngest Braverman, a slacker. Nelson will play their father, a Vietnam veteran-turned-actor/hippie.

"Back," from CBS Par, centers on Richard (Skeet Ulrich), who returns home to discover he was reported missing eight years earlier, after Sept. 11.

The WMA-repped McGinley will play a firefighter who is married to Richard's former wife (Sherry Stringfield).

The ABC Studios-produced "Canned" is about a group of friends, including hardworking Midwestern girl Sarabeth (Bynes), who are fired in a corporate shake-up.

Bynes, who shot to fame as a tween star on Nickelodeon, segued into broadcast TV with her WB Network comedy "What I Like About You."

On WBTV's "Eastmans," about a dysfunctional family of doctors, Bisset will play the mother, an emergency-room nurse.

UMS' "Romance," described as a modern "Pride and Prejudice," revolves around Emily (Lindsey Broad) and Mike (Howey), who meet awkwardly on a plane. Rex will play Emily's best friend Regina, and Jones will play Regina's sister.

ABC Studios' "Piggy" is about two adult siblings who move in with their eldest brother and his wife (APA-repped Parker).

WBTV's "V," a re-imagining of the 1980s miniseries about an invasion of aliens known as Visitors, centers on Erica (Elizabeth Mitchell), a female Homeland Security agent. Benedicto, repped by APA and McGowan Management, will play a love interest for Erica's boyfriend (Morris Chestnut). (partialdiff)
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