Three going full time in primetime


Missi Pyle, who is guest starring on the first episode of "The Wedding Bells," David E. Kelley's upcoming series for Fox, has joined the cast of the show as a regular.

Meanwhile, Henry Simmons, who has recurred on CBS' "Shark" since the series' second episode, has been upped to a regular. Also promoted to regular status is Alicia Coppola, who has recurred on another freshman CBS drama, "Jericho."

"Bells," from David E. Kelley Prods. and 20th Century Fox TV, revolves around three sisters (Teri Polo, KaDee Strickland, Sarah Jones) who run a family wedding-planning business. In the first episode, Pyle guest stars as a high-maintenance bride client, a character that is featured prominently in the on-air promos for the show. After her wedding, the former bridezilla will go on to become a board member of the company.

In November, Pyle guest starred on "Boston Legal," Kelley's legal drama for ABC, which led to her guest stint on "Bells." She also recently did a two-episode arc on NBC's "Heroes."

On the feature side, she is filming "Harold & Kumar 2" and next will be seen in "Feast of Love," "Spring Breakdown" and "Patriotville."

Pyle is repped by UTA, McKeon-Myones and attorney Neil Meyer.

On "Shark," from 20th TV and Imagine TV, Simmons plays Isaac Wright, a former LAPD officer who works as a private investigator for prosecutor Sebastian Stark (James Woods) and his team.

Simmons' credits include series "NYPD Blue," HBO movie "Lackawanna Blues" and feature "Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion."

He is repped by UTA and Principato/Young Management.

On "Jericho," from CBS Paramount Network TV, Coppola plays visiting IRS auditor Mimi Clark, who gets stuck in the town of Jericho when the nuclear bombs go off. Coppola, who did an arc on CBS' "NCIS," is repped by APA and Shelter Entertainment.