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Zooey Deschanel, Rachel Bilson in Talks to Join Pilots, Tracy Morgan Back at '30 Rock' and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 8th 2011 7:00PM
Zooey DeschanelZooey Deschanel might be a movie star already, but she could be following in her big sister's footsteps and joining a TV series full time.

TV Line reports that Deschanel is reportedly in talks to star in the Fox comedy pilot 'Chicks and Dicks,' from 'No Strings Attached' writer Liz Merriwether. The actress would play Jessica, an elementary school teacher who moves in with a group of immature guys after breaking up with her live-in boyfriend.

Nothing's set in stone yet, especially not the title of the show -- that'll probably change if the series ever makes it to air.

Deschanel's sister, Emily, stars on the Fox hit 'Bones.'

Also in contention to star in one of the season's biggest pilots is Rachel Bilson, who is in talks for a lead role in Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage's new show, 'Hart of Dixie.' Bilson would play a New York City doctor who inherits a small Southern medical practice, reports Deadline.

In other TV news ...

Following a successful kidney transplant, Tracy Morgan is back on the '30 Rock' set. The actor missed several episodes while he recovered from the surgery. [EW]

When Gwyneth Paltrow heads back to 'Glee,' she'll be sharing a 'Kiss' with Matthew Morrison. At least musically -- her character, Holly Holiday, will duet on the Prince song with Mr. Schuester. [TV Line]

Almost 10 million people tuned in to Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl on Sunday. The Super Bowl counter-programming attracted an audience of 9.2 million over 12 hours. [EW]

A trio of actors have booked major roles in pilots. 'Twilight' vampire Edi Gathegi scored a lead in the USA drama 'Wild Card,' while Gretchen Egolf will play a smart hotel general manager in the USA pilot 'Eden.' Amanda Detmer will play an ex-wife in the ABC comedy 'Man Up.' [Deadline]

The Royal Wedding will no longer be coming at you in 3D. The Royal Family issued a statement saying there's not enough room for the equipment at Westminster Abbey. [THR]

'The Hard Times of RJ Berger' will premiere its second season on March 24. The scripted series will follow the season finale of 'Jersey Shore.' [Deadline]

After the succes of TLC's 'Pawn Queens' special in November, the network has ordered a full series. The eight-episode show focuses on Chicago businesswomen Minda and Nikki, who run a pawn shop that caters to women. [EW]

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I hope this doesn't mean that ZD's HBO pilot didn't get picked up. I would much rather watch her on an HBO drama than a Fox anything.

http://www.tvsquad.com/2010/02/03/tv-casting-virginia-madsen-scoundrels-zooey-deschanel-hbo/

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