Still more network pilot casting news
Oliver Platt, last seen in the Showtime series Huff, will star in the ABC comedy pilot The Thick of It, about workers for a low-level congressman. The show is executive produced by Arrested Development creator Mitchell Hurwitz and based on the British comedy of the same name.
Chris Lowell (Veronica Mars) will join previously cast Tim Daly and Taye Diggs in the two-hour Grey's Anatomy episode meant to serve as a springboard to a possible Grey's Anatomy spinoff.
Steve Howey of Reba has been cast in The Beast, about a womanizing veterinarian who hates animals. Tucker Cawley, a writer and executive producer for Everybody Loves Raymond, will also write and executive produce the comedy pilot for FOX. The series is based on the British comedy Beast.
Them, a drama pilot for FOX that is not, unfortunately, based on the giant ant movie, has just added James D'Arcy to the pilot. The series centers on a sleeper cell of extraterrestrial terrorists. You know, I made that "giant ant" movie remark as a joke, but the two ideas are somewhat similar: the movie Them and many movies of that era served as an analogy of our fears during the Cold War, whereas this new series is quite clearly a way of doing the same for the modern fear of terrorist groups.
Lacey Chabert will join Molly Shannon and Dorian Brown in the still-untitled FOX comedy pilot from Liz Meriwether about three sorority sisters fresh out of college.
Tim Peper joins Fred Goss, Jerry Minor and Jerry O'Connell in the ABC comedy pilot Carpoolers, which is about, oddly enough, men in a carpool.
Viva Laughlin, a pilot for CBS about a man who opens a casino in Laughlin, Nevada has just added P.J. Byrne and Eric Winter to the cast. The series, produced by Hugh Jackman, will star Lloyd Owen as the man trying to open the casino.
Thad Luckinbill will join lead Eric Balfour and Monica Potter in Protect and Serve, a cop drama for CBS.
Drew Sidora (Wild Hogs) has joined the FOX dramedy pilot Nurses. And yes, there was already a show with that name.
The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz's CW drama pilot Gossip Girls, based on a popular book series for teens, has just added Taylor Momsen to the cast.