'Ugly Betty's' Ana Ortiz joins 'True Blue'
Alicia Witt, Derek Webster, Will Yun Lee also land pilot roles"Ugly Betty" alumna Ana Ortiz is staying on ABC with a lead role on the network's drama pilot "True Blue," and Alicia Witt has been tapped as the female lead on ABC drama pilot "Edgar Floats," with Derek Webster also cast.
Additionally, Will Yun Lee has landed a lead in ABC's Richard Hatem drama pilot and a guest spot on CBS' "Hawaii Five-O"; Nicole Steinwedell and Brooke Nevin have been added to Fox drama pilot "Breakout Kings"; Oswaldo Castillo has been cast in NBC's untitled Adam Carolla comedy pilot; and Carmen Ejogo has taken a role in CBS drama pilot "Chaos."
"Blue" centers on a group of San Francisco homicide detectives reunited to solve the murder of one of their own. Ortiz, repped by Gersh, manager Geordie Frey and attorney Brad Small, plays a civilian secretary at the precinct.
She joins another "Betty" co-star Becki Newton, who also booked a pilot, NBC's "Love Bites."
The cast of the ABC dramedy has been in demand since the network announced last month that "Betty" will end its run this spring.
"Edgar" centers on a a police psychologist-turned-bounty hunter. Witt, repped by Gersh and Brillstein, will play the bounty hunter's ex-wife and daughter of a bail bondsman. Webster ("Mental"), repped by Progressive Artists and Main Title, will play a fellow psychologist who serves as Edgar's therapist.
The Richard Hatem project centers on a female detective (Katee Sackhoff) who teams with a disgraced ex-cop to solve crimes. APA-repped Lee will play the ex-cop's close friend, a Chinese restaurant owner. On "Hawaii," he'll play the island's crime lord.
Also cast in the Hatem drama is "Judging Amy" alum Richard T. Jones.
The Carolla project stars the comedian as a divorced contractor rebuilding his life. Castillo, a frequent collaborator of Carolla, will play his roommate and co-worker. Castillo is with Matt Sherman Management.
On "Chaos," about a group of rogue CIA operatives, Ejogo will play a seasoned CIA analyst.