Trucco gets 'Dreams' job on NBC sitcom


NBC has found its dream man.

"Battlestar Galactica" co-star Michael Trucco has been tapped as the lead in "The Man of Your Dreams," lifting the contingency on the multicamera comedy project from Conan O'Brien's Conaco Prods.

Sydney Poitier has landed a role on NBC's two-hour movie/ backdoor pilot "Knight Rider."

"Dreams," from writer-actor Jay Lacopo, centers on a womanizer (Trucco) who uses his expertise to help romantically challenged women.

Lacopo is executive producing the Universal Media Studios/ Conaco comedy with O'Brien, Jeff Ross and David Kissinger.

The plan is for "Dreams" to begin production immediately after the end of the writers strike. The production of multicamera comedies is writer-intensive, with scribes heavily involved at every stage. That prompted most sitcoms to go dark immediately after the strike began and makes filming of a pilot without the writer on board virtually impossible.

In the meantime, Trucco continues work on the final season of "Galactica." Since both "Galactica" and "Dreams" are produced by the same studio, UMS, plans are in place to adjust Trucco's schedule so he can do both projects.

Trucco, who also was recurring on "One Tree Hill," recently appeared in the feature "Next." He is repped by Abrams Artists and McKeon-Myones Management.

"Rider," from UMS and Dutch Oven Prods., is a "Transformers"-inspired sequel to the 1980s series that centers on Mike Tracer (Justin Bruening), Michael Knight's son. Poitier will play a feisty FBI agent who dislikes Mike.

Poitier's credits include the feature "Grindhouse" and the series "Veronica Mars."