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Magical '17th Precinct' Pilot Lands Another 'BSG' Alum, 'Greek' Vet Books 'Bellevue' and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Mar 3rd 2011 6:00PM
James CallisAs if '17th Precinct' didn't sound wonderful enough already, today comes news that yet another 'Battlestar Galactica' veteran has booked a role in the NBC pilot.

James Callis, otherwise known as 'BSG' scientist Gaius Baltar, will work alongside former costar Jamie Bamber in the series, Deadline reports.

The series, headed by 'BSG' mastermind Ron Moore, follows cops in a world where magic is real -- think 'Harry Potter' meets 'Law & Order.' Also on board, according to Deadline: former 'The Deep End' star Matt Long.

Several other stars booked pilots, including 'Greek' star Amber Stevens, who will play a psychiatry intern on 'Weekends at Bellevue,' 'Without a Trace' star Enrique Murciano, who will play a detective alongside Minnie Driver in 'Hail Mary,' and 'Lost' alum Rebecca Mader, who will play a "bitchy" drug rep in 'Work It.'

In other TV news ...

Gwyneth Paltrow is currently filming her third episode of 'Glee.' In next week's episode, the actress gives sex counseling to Emma and her new hubby, played by John Stamos. [Entertainment Weekly]

Kevin Spacey, TV star? It could happen. The actor is reportedly attached to star in a new series being directed by 'The Fighter' director David O. Russell. 'House of Cards' is based on the book and British miniseries of the same name and follows a British politician angling for Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's job. [Deadline]

'30 Rock' had presidential aspirations for its 100th episode, which films next week. The production team reportedly wanted Bill Clinton to cameo, but were turned down by the former president. [New York Post]

Your daily Charlie Sheen update: Sheen and his flaming fists have landed themselves on the Guiness World Record list for having the "Fastest Time to Reach 1 Million Followers." The Sheenster also apologized to John Stamos for his comments earlier in the week about Stamos potentially replacing him on 'Two and a Half Men.' [EW, The Hollywood Reporter]

Bill Irwin is returning to 'CSI' for another two episodes. Irwin's serial killer character, who escaped from prison in his last appearance, will reportedly come face-to-face with his archenemy, Langston. [TV Line]

A few more pilot castings were announced today. Nadine Velazquez ('My Name Is Earl') and Tony Plana ('Ugly Betty') have signed on to Rob Schneider's untitled autobiographical comedy at CBS. [Deadline]

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