Rispoli takes 'Furst' step

Rispoli takes 'Furst' step
Michael Rispoli is in negotiations to star in ABC's comedy pilot The Furst Family, Michael Landes has landed the new male lead in NBC's untitled Tarses/Wrubel comedy pilot, Eddie Kaye Thomas has been tapped as the male lead in NBC's comedy pilot Weekends, and Richard Kind has joined the cast of CBS' untitled Aisha Tyler comedy pilot. In other pilot casting news, Kerr Smith leads the cast of UPN's drama Silver Lake, with Hedy Burress, Sandra Bernhard, Stephanie Faracy and William Russ also cast in the project. Martin Donovan, Alexander Gould, Matt Czuchry and Jessica Chastain have been cast in the WB Network's drama Dark Shadows, Daniel Dae Kim has come on board ABC's drama Lost, and Lombardo Boyar and Jim Parsons have joined CBS' comedy Taste. The Furst Family, from Touchstone TV and Granada TV, centers on a blue-collar family headed by Rispoli and Laurie Metcalf. Rispoli is repped by Gersh Agency.

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