Tim DeKay to star in 'White Collar'

Lifetime drama 'Novak' also reels in cast

Tim DeKay has been tapped to star opposite Matthew Bomer in USA Network's 90-minute pilot "White Collar." The casting of the two leads lifts the cast-contingency on the project.

In other pilot castings, Gina Torres, Brett Davern, Scott Cohen, Sammi Hanratty and Jen Drohan have joined Lifetime's drama "The Amazing Mrs. Novak."

Bronwen Hughes (USA's "Burn Notice") is set to direct "Collar," which is from Fox TV Studios and creator/exec producer Jeff Eastin. The project centers on a brilliant con artist (Bomer) who against his will partners with the head of the FBI's white-collar crime unit (DeKay).

USA executive vp original programming Jackie de Crinis praised the two stars.

"They have incredible range in terms of comedy and drama, which is something we always look for in actors," she said.

DeKay most recently was a series regular on the HBO series "Tell Me You Love Me" and "Carnivale."

"Novak," from Warner Horizon/Kudos, centers on Trish Novak (Amy Pietz), a supermarket manager who becomes the governor of New Jersey.

Davern ("American Summer") and Hanratty ("American Girl") will play Trish and Frank Novak's (Tom Verica) kids.

Cohen ("The Return of Jezebel James") will play Trish's campaign manager, and Torres ("Standoff") will play her running mate for lieutenant governor.

Drohan ("Romancing the Bride") will play a wealthy heiress who funds Trish's campaign.

Davern is repped by APA and Alchemy. Hanratty is repped by WMA and Go Talent.