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Michael Emerson, Christine Lahti, Mike O'Malley Join Pilots and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 17th 2011 10:35AM
Michael Emerson, Christine Lahti, Mike O'Malley Join Pilots and More Casting NewsThe stars are aligning for pilot season! Michael Emerson, Christine Lahti and Mike O'Malley have all landed key roles in network pilots.

According to Deadline Hollywood, Emerson has landed the lead role in CBS's 'Persons of Interest,' reteaming him with 'Lost' mastermind J.J. Abrams. The pilot from Jonah Nolan follows an ex-CIA agent who teams with a billionaire, played by Emerson, to fight crime in New York City. Abrams is on board as executive producer.

Emerson was previously attached to star in a lighthearted spy series with fellow 'Lost' veteran Terry O'Quinn, but the script was not turned around in time for pilot season.

In other casting news ...

Christine Lahti will play the lead in 'The Doctor,' CBS's new medical drama pilot. Lahti will play a mom and doctor who reconnects with her grown child at the family's medical practice. [Entertainment Weekly]

'Glee' breakout star Mike O'Malley has joined the cast of Fox's 'Family Album.' The Emmy-nominated actor will play a dad who embarks on an epic family vacation. Each season would feature a new vacation. [Vulture]

Amber Benson is returning to 'Supernatural.' The 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' actress will reprise the role of Lenore, a good vampire. [Zap2It]

Tony Awardwinner Laura Benanti is set to star in NBC's 'Playboy.' The 'Eli Stone' actress will play Carol-Lynne, the established Playboy Club star whose days on top are numbered. [Deadline Hollywood]

Character actress Nancy Lenehan will play David Hornsby's mom in his CBS comedy pilot, 'How to Be a Gentleman.' Hornsby wrote and will star in the pilot that will see Lenehan as his overbearing mom. [Deadline Hollywood]

Tara Summers has joined 'Ringer.' Summers will play the best friend to Sarah Michelle Gellar's Siobnah. [Deadline Hollywood]

Kevin McNally is set for ABC's 'Poe.' McNally will play Commissioner Kyle Kilpatrick in the procedural about Edgar Allan Poe. [Deadline Hollywood]

'Glee' actors Amber Riley and Mark Salling will appear on PBS's 'The Motown Sound: In Performance at the White House.' Jamie Foxx, Jordin Sparks, Nick Jonas and Sheryl Crow are also scheduled to perform. [TVLine]

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