Tambor saluting 'Captain'

Trachtenberg, Penn also in comedies

Jeffrey Tambor has joined CBS' comedy pilot "The Captain," Michelle Trachtenberg is set as the female lead in ABC's untitled D.C. comedy pilot, and Kal Penn has been tapped to star in ABC's comedy pilot "The Call."

Additionally, Nick D'Agosto and Erick Avari will co-star in CBS' comedy pilot "The Rich Inner Life of Penelope Cloud," Stephen Moyer has landed the lead in Fox's drama pilot "NSA Innocent," Alex O'Laughlin and Shannon Lucio are set to star in CBS' drama pilot "Twilight," Bill Burr has landed a lead in Fox's comedy pilot "Playing Chicken," Emmy winner Hector Elizondo has joined CBS' untitled Cynthia Cidre drama pilot, Mia Maestro has come aboard CBS' drama pilot "The Man," and Adam Goldberg is set to co-star in ABC's drama pilot "Marlowe."

"Captain," from CBS Par TV, centers on a young writer (Fran Kranz) who moves into a legendary Hollywood apartment building. Tambor will play a retired TV writer who lives in the building. Tambor, whose recent credits include "Arrested Development," is repped by the Gersh Agency and Brillstein-Grey.

The untitled D.C. project, from WBTV, is a comedic soap about an aide (Eric Christian Olsen) to a Democratic senator who falls for the daughter (Trachtenberg) of his boss' archnemesis. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" alumna Trachtenberg (CAA, Framework Entertainment) will next appear in "The Possibility of Fireflies."

"Call," from 20th TV, revolves around a team of L.A. paramedics. Penn will play one of them, a hypochondriac and pessimist. Also cast in the pilot is Kali Rocha (ABC's "Grey's Anatomy") as the paramedics' boss. Penn (Gersh, Artistry) recently appeared in "Epic Movie" and is wrapping "Harold & Kumar 2."

"Cloud," from ABC TV and CBS Par TV, centers on a brilliant writer (Tomei) who tries to recapture her youthful optimism. D'Agosto will play one of her students, on whom she has a crush, while Avari will play her therapist. D'Agosto (ICM, manager Faras Rabadi) will next appear in "Rocket Science," which premiered to strong reviews at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Avari (Greene & Associates) will next be seen in "Charlie Wilson's War."

"NSA," from 20th TV and Realtime Prods., centers on a family man (Moyer) recruited by the NSA. British actor Moyer (PDF, Lena Roklin Management) will next appear in USA Network's "Starter Wife."

"Twilight," from WBTV and Silver Pictures, centers on a private investigator (O'Laughlin) who also is a vampire. Lucio will play an ambitious TV reporter who becomes close with him. Additionally, Lucio has landed a co-starring role in the feature "Fireflies in the Garden." Best known for her role on "The O.C.," Lucio (WMA, manager Adam Lewis) will next appear in "Feast of Love." O'Laughlin will recur on the upcoming season of FX's "The Shield."

"Chicken," from WBTV and Werner-Gold-Miller, revolves around two brothers (Norbert Leo Butz, Burr) with opposite political views who are forced to live together. Comedian Burr (WMA, 3 Arts) co-starred on "Chappelle's Show."

The Cynthia Cidre project, from CBS Par TV, revolves around the lives of three generations of a powerful Latin American family. Elizondo (Gersh, manager Mark Teitelbaum) will play the family's patriarch. He will next appear in "Georgia Rule."

"Man," from CBS Par TV, centers on an undercover cop (LL Cool J) who juggles his job and his adopted children. Maestro (Gersh, 3 Arts) will play a doctor who is close with him. Her credits include ABC's "Alias" and "Poseidon."

"Marlowe," from ABC TV, is a procedural drama centering on P.I. Philip Marlowe. Goldberg will play an LAPD detective who helps him. Goldberg (ICM, Nine Yards) co-stars in "Zodiac."