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Upcoming TV Pilots We Can't Wait to See

by AOL TV Staff, posted May 5th 2011 9:00AM
So-so Internet buzz hasn't put a damper on our out-of-control excitement over 'Battlestar Galactica' mastermind Ron Moore's new pilot, '17th Precinct.' Why?

Jamie Bamber, Tricia Helfer & James Callis, '17th Precinct'

Well, for one, it's been described as "'Harry Potter' meets 'Law & Order,'" the greatest combination of two separately amazing things since someone first decided to pair chocolate and peanut butter together. Two, the cast list includes 'BSG' alums Jamie Bamber, James Callis and Tricia Helfer, along with 'Smallville' vet Kristin Kreuk and the inimitable Stockard Channing. And three -- wait, you need more incentive to get excited?

Aside from the police procedural of our dreams, here are a few other potential fall series the AOL TV staff can't wait to lay our eyes upon.

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Kristin Kreuk Joins '17th Precinct' -- This Pilot Keeps Getting Better!

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 9th 2011 2:00PM
Kristin Kreuk, 17th PrecinctKristin Kreuk has joined the cast of '17th Precinct.' Please excuse us while we flail about in excitement.

Let's do a brief history of '17th Precinct' and why it may be the best pilot ever. First, news broke that 'Battlestar Galactica' mastermind Ron Moore was developing a show at NBC. Then, the plot of the series came out: Harry Potter meets 'Law & Order.' Boom, we were sold.

However, it just kept getting better from there! Casting began with 'The West Wing' star Stockhard Channing. Then 'Battlestar Galactica''s Jamie Bamber joined the cast, quickly followed by fellow BSG vets James Callis and Tricia Helfer. Matt Long and Eamonn Walker also boarded the project.

And now, TVLine is reporting Kreuk (you may know her from a little show called 'Smallville'), will appear in the pilot.

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Tricia Helfer Joins '17th Precinct' Pilot-Turned-'Battlestar Galactica' Reunion, TV Squad Staffers Shriek in Excitement (Frak Yeah!)

by Jean Bentley, posted Mar 4th 2011 12:15PM
Tricia HelferRemember yesterday, when James Callis was cast alongside Jamie Bamber in Ron Moore's "magical cops" pilot '17th Precinct' and we were all like "AWESOME! 'Battlestar Galactica' reunion"?

Well, take that joy and multiply it by six because another 'BSG' alum has joined the cast: Tricia Helfer. That's right -- Number 6 herself (see what we did there) will star in the NBC series.

Helfer will play Morgana, whom Deadline describes as "a necromancer, the magical equivalent of a coroner, who is an expert at manipulating the potions, tools, herbs and spells of her trade."

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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]

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Chelsea Handler to Play Her Own Older Sister, Beverly D'Angelo Gets Pilot and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 25th 2011 1:30PM
Chelsea HandlerChelsea Handler will play her own older sister in the pilot based on her novel 'Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea.'

According to E! Online, Handler will star opposite Laura Prepon in the NBC pilot. Prepon will play a fictionalized version of the E! host.

"I haven't read [her books]," Prepon told E! "But I've seen her a lot and it's going to be awesome. I am just starting to immerse myself in the Chelsea Handler of it all. She's an amazing woman.

"I'm from Jersey," Prepon said. "Chelsea and I are similar, so it's perfect we play sisters. It's funny, because her vodka is my favorite vodka too. We both drink the same thing!"

Comedian Jo Koy has also joined the pilot cast. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Koy will play a bartender at the club where Prepon works.

In other casting news ...

Beverly D'Angelo has joined the cast of NBC's untitled Whitney Cummings pilot. The 'National Lampoons' veteran will play Cummings' cynical mother. [Deadline Hollywood]

Donal Logue is making use of his post-'Terriers' free time by guest-starring on an episode of 'House.' He'll play the patient of the week in an early episode. Also appearing in that ep? Candice Bergen as Cuddy's mom. [TV Line]

Eamonn Walker will star in Ron Moore's '17th Precinct.' The former star of 'The Whole Truth' will play Detective Chief Inspector Wilder Blanks opposite Jamie Bamber and Stockard Channing. [Deadline Hollywood]

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Jamie Bamber Joins Ron Moore's Magic Police Pilot '17th Precinct'

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 15th 2011 1:05PM
Jamie Bamber Joins '17th Precinct'Jamie Bamber -- the man also known as frakkin' Lee Adama -- will star in 'Battlestar Galactica' boss Ron Moore's new magical-world-based police drama, '17th Precinct.'

This pilot just went from intriguing to must-see TV.

According to TVLine, Bamber will play Caolan, "an extremely focused crime scene detective."

'17th Precinct' is set in the fictional city of Excelsior, a place where magic and the supernatural rule over science.

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Stockard Channing Joins Ron Moore's Magic Pilot, 'Burn Notice' Prequel Gets Premiere Date and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 11th 2011 6:00PM
Stockard ChanningStockard Channing will headline '17th Precinct,' the new magic-based pilot from 'Battlestar Galactica' mastermind Ron Moore.

According to Deadline Hollywood, the 'West Wing' veteran will play Mira, a former homicide detective who now covers robberies. '17th Precinct' is set in the fictional city of Excelsior, a place where magic and the supernatural rule.

When NBC picked up the show to pilot, it was described as a 'Harry Potter'-type show for grown-ups.

In other TV news ...

'Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe' will premiere April 17 at 9PM on USA. The prequel is set in 2005 and directed by 'Burn Notice' star Jeffrey Donovan. [Entertainment Weekly]

Gary Cole has joined the cast of Fox's comedy pilot 'Tagged.' Cole will play James Percy, a coroner who works with his son. [Deadline Hollywood]

Will Paget Brewster leave 'Criminal Minds'? The actress is currently fielding comedy pilot offers from Fox. Her final 'Criminal Minds' episode of the season will end with a cliffhanger, A.J. Cook is returning to the series to possibly whisk her away. [Deadline Hollywood]

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NBC Orders Magic Pilot from Ron Moore, ABC Casts First 'Charlie's Angels' Lead and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Jan 20th 2011 10:30AM
Ron Moore'Battlestar Galactica' mastermind Ron Moore has received a pilot order from NBC for '17th Precinct,' an ensemble police drama set in a world ruled by magic.

Stop. You had us at Ron Moore, then you throw in magic!? We're so there.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the project described as "Harry Potter for grown-ups" follows a police squad in the fictional town of Excelsior.

In other TV news ...

Annie Ilonzeh has landed an angelic role in ABC's 'Charlie's Angels' reboot. The 'General Hospital' star will play Kate, a smart, athletic ex-cop who just so happens to be a martial arts expert. No word on the other two Angels. [Deadline Hollywood]

Sheila Kelley has landed a key role on 'Gossip Girl.' Kelley, who was recently seen on 'Lost,' will play Carol, Lily's sister. Illeana Douglas was cast, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. [TVLine]

Jonathan Banks will play Jay's brother on 'Modern Family.' The 'Wiseguy' actor will appear in late February or March. [TVLine]

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