Omar Epps will star in 'The Returned,' plus more pilot casting news

Former "House" star Omar Epps has found his next TV role after a year away from the small screen.

Epps will have a lead role in ABC's drama "The Returned," about how people react when loved ones who have died suddenly start returning to them. He'll play an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent who looks into the case of Jacob, a boy who suddenly pops up in rural China.

Kurtwood Smith ("That '70s Show") has also joined the cast as Jacob's father, who along with his wife (Frances Fisher) buried Jacob more than 30 years earlier.

More pilot-season news:

- Hope Davis ("The Newsroom," "In Treatment") will star in CBS' drama "The Ordained" as the sister of lead actor Charlie Cox. Her character is the mayor of New York and may be the target of an assassination attempt, which causes Cox's character to leave the priesthood in an effort to protect her.
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