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Applegate, Smart, Brenneman cast in pilots

13 March 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Christina Applegate is returning to series television as the star of ABC's comedy pilot Sam I Am. Jean Smart also has joined the project.

Meanwhile, Amy Brenneman and Merrin Dungey have been cast in the potential Grey's Anatomy spinoff.

Additionally, Michael Rapaport has been tapped as the male lead in CBS' comedy pilot Fugly, Melanie Griffith has signed on for a potential recurring role on CBS' Viva Laughlin! Diedrich Bader has been tapped to co-star opposite Stephen Dorff in CBS' drama pilot Skip Tracer, Stephanie Childers has landed the female lead in ABC's comedy pilot American Family, Jamey Sheridan has joined CBS' drama pilot Babylon Fields and Ty Burrell has joined Fox's comedy pilot Action News.

  Sam, from ABC TV Studio and Brillstein-Grey TV, centers on a woman (Applegate) with amnesia who has to rediscover her life. Smart will play her self-absorbed mother.

Applegate had been heavily pursued to star in a series since the end of her previous show, NBC's Jesse, but this is the first pilot she has agreed to do. The Married With Children alumna won an Emmy for her guest-starring role on NBC's Friends. Her feature credits include The Sweetest Thing, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Employee of the Month. She is repped by CAA, Management 360 and attorney Stephen Warren. »

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'Skip' pilot up next for Frears

6 February 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Oscar-nominated director Stephen Frears is venturing into American series TV with CBS' drama pilot Skip Tracer, which he is set to direct and executive produce.

The project, from CBS Paramount Network TV, stars Stephen Dorff as a skip tracer -- a guy who finds people who have tried to disappear.

In addition to directing, Frears is executive producing the pilot with the project's writers Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green as well as Dorff and Tucker Tooley.

Frears has a relationship with CBS. In 2000, he directed the network's live restaging of Fail Safe, spearheaded by and starring George Clooney.

Frears is nominated for an Academy Award for directing The Queen. He also was nominated for an Oscar for directing the 1990 feature The Grifters.

Frears, whose credits also include Mrs. Henderson Presents and High Fidelity, is repped by ICM and U.K.-based Casarotto Ramsay & Associates.

In pilot pickup news, CW has given a presentation order to a drama from writer Maggie Friedman.

The project, from Warner Bros. TV, centers on a young life coach in New York who, while struggling with her life and relationships, uses her magical powers to help people who are desperate to overcome their problems. »

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