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Rachael Leigh Cook to star on Fox's 'Nirvana'

21 February 2010 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Rachael Leigh Cook has been tapped as the female lead on Fox's comedy pilot "Nirvana," and Sean Faris has landed the lead in "The Wyoming Project," Amy Sherman-Palladino's drama pilot for the CW.

In other pilot castings, Jere Burns has landed the lead in Fox's comedy "Strange Brew," with Aya Cash, Skylar Astin and Mo Mandel also cast; and Charles Dutton, Lea Thompson and Jeff Davis have been added to TBS' hourlong pilot "Uncle Nigel."

"Wyoming" centers on 22-year-old Gideon Thorpe (Faris), a horse trainer who becomes the patriarch of a Wyoming ranch responsible for his three younger sisters after their parents die.

Also cast in the pilot are Renee Smith as the oldest sister, an unstoppable multitasker and surrogate mother to her younger siblings.

Faris is coming off an episode arc on the CW's "The Vampire Diaries." He is repped by Gersh and Dino May Management.

"Nirvana" revolves »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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Several more pilots add cast members

11 February 2010 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Jimmy Wolk has landed the lead in Fox's Marc Webb-directed drama pilot "Midland," and "Avatar" co-star Laz Alonso will star in another hourlong Fox pilot, "Breakout Kings."

Elsewhere, "Prison Break" alum Amaury Nolasco has joined NBC's Jerry Bruckheimer-produced pilot "Chase," "Crossing Jordan" alumna Kathryn Hahn has boarded Fox's comedy pilot "Most Likely to Succeed," Erinn Hayes has landed a lead in NBC's comedy pilot "This Little Piggy," Utkarsh Ambudkar will co-star in Fox's comedy pilot "Nevermind Nirvana" and Damon Wayans Jr. has come aboard the ABC comedy pilot "Happy Endings."

"Midland," from 20th TV, is a soap set against the backdrop of an oil business that centers on a polygamist (Wolk) living a double life. Wolk, who toplined the ABC pilot "Solving Charlie" last season, is repped by Wme.

"Breakout," from 20th, is a procedural about a team of marshals and ex-cons that works to apprehend criminals who break out of prison. »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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Indian-themed comedies a new TV trend

31 January 2010 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

They are the two comeback stories of this pilot season, projects developed years ago that have been resurrected and have landed orders at the broadcast networks.

The two comedies -- "Nirvana" at Fox and "Outsourced" at NBC -- have something else in common: They both are ensemble shows about Indians and Indian Americans.

A third project, a U.S. version of popular British comedy "The Kumars at No. 42," about an immigrant Indian family, also is poised for revival. Eight years after NBC took a stab at the format, the show's British producers are shopping it to U.S. networks, including FX.

Is it a coincidence or a delayed "Slumdog Millionaire" effect?

"I do think that 'Slumdog' had a lot to do with it," a TV studio executive said of India's rapid emergence on the U.S. pop culture scene. "It was boiling, hovering there, with the increasing popularity of Indian clothing, »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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