The frantic pilot season is creating a bull market for top-tier talent.
Thirtysomething men including Dominic West, Matthew Perry and Simon Baker are being offered roles, as are Amanda Peet and Amy Smart, the latter of whom recently signed to star in CBS' "The Meant to Be's". Also lured back to TV is "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" star Sarah Michelle Gellar.
As in previous years, there is the young hot ingenue. Last year, it was Jordana Brewster, who was offered a number of plum lead roles and ultimately picked ABC's "Mr. and Mrs. Smith". This year, it's "12 Miles of Bad Road" co-star Eliza Coupe, who is in hot demand.
There also is an accomplished foreigner who is taking over the lead of a pilot despite the fact that he's virtually unknown in the U.S. Last year, Brit Michelle Ryan was tapped in "Bionic Woman"; this year, Australian Josh Lawson landed the lead in "Spaced".
Foreign-born actors continue to be hot this pilot season: West and "Eleventh Hour" star Rufus Sewell hail from the U.K., while Baker is from Australia.
As usual, there is a departing HBO series that has freed up actors for pilot season.
Two years ago, it was "Six Feet Under", whose stars Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Rachel Griffiths and Lauren Ambrose landed leads on new series. Last year, it was "Rome", with Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson and Polly Walker doing broadcast pilots.
This time around, it's "The Wire", whose star West is a hot commodity.