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Van Der Beek finds 'Sex'

24 February 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

James Van Der Beek has joined CBS' comedy pilot Sex, Power, Love & Politics, Ron Livingston has been tapped for one of the two leads in Fox's drama pilot Primary, and Steven Culp has joined ABC's drama pilot Traveler. Meanwhile, CBS has picked up Waterfront, a drama pilot from ER veteran Jack Orman with Joe Pantoliano attached to star. In other pilot castings, Jonah Lotan and Rachael Stirling have come on board Fox's drama Beyond, Peter Dinklage has joined CBS' drama Ultra, Alan Tudyk has been cast in CBS' untitled Carol Mendelsohn drama, Swoosie Kurtz has been added to CBS' comedy Play Nice, and John Allen Nelson has been cast in Fox's drama pilot Vanished. »

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Anders, Bernthal enroll in CBS' 'Class'

8 February 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Andrea Anders of NBC's Joey has landed a new series gig. Anders and Jon Bernthal have joined the cast of CBS' upcoming comedy series The Class, while Jay Harrington has joined Jane Krakowski in another CBS comedy project, the pilot Sex, Power, Love & Politics. At UPN, Wendy Raquel Robinson has been tapped to star in the potential spinoff of the network's long-running comedy Girlfriends, tentatively titled The Game. The Class, from Warner Bros. TV, begins with a party thrown by 27-year-old Ethan (Jason Ritter) for his girlfriend, whom he met in the third grade. Ethan invites six other people who were in the class with them, all of whom have lost touch with one another. The party then becomes the springboard for following how the lives of the reunited characters continue to intersect. »

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Chandler lights up 'Friday'

30 January 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Kyle Chandler has been tapped to play the lead in NBC's drama pilot Friday Night Lights, based on the 2004 movie, while America Ferrera has been cast in the title role of ABC's comedy Ugly Betty, based on the popular Colombian telenovela. Additionally, Matthew Lillard has signed on as the star of Fox's one-hour pilot 13 Graves, which feature director Dominic Sena has come on board to direct, and Jay Harrington has been cast in CBS' comedy pilot Sex, Power, Love & Politics. On the pilot-pickup side, ABC has given a six-episode commitment to Touchstone Television for a comedy from According to Jim executive producer Howard J. Morris about four friends from high school who reunite unexpectedly when each hits a crossroad in their lives. Morris, who is repped by BWCS Agency, will write the pilot, tentatively titled In Case of Emergency, and serve as an executive produce along with Touchstone-based producer Emile Levisetti. »

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