TV’s former ‘Felicity‘ may be on her way back to the tube. Keri Russell, who in recent years has been feverishly wooed to tackle TV again, is in talks to star opposite Will Arnett in ‘Wilde Kingdom,’ a Fox pilot penned by Arnett and fellow ‘Arrested Development’ alum Mitch Hurwitz. The comedy would find Russell’s tree-hugger clumsily pursued by Arnett’s materialistic playboy.
Russell as of late has been focusing on the big screen, appearing in films as disparate as ‘Mission Impossible III’ and the acclaimed indie ‘Waitress.’ Her most recent TV gig was a 2007 visit to ‘Scrubs.’
Another ‘Felicity’ alum spying a new gig is Scott Foley (‘The Unit’), who has been cast as the assistant DA on ABC’s ‘True Blue’ cop drama.
Other recent pilot casting highlights, courtesy of the Hollywood Reporter:
• Jimmy Smits (‘NYPD Blue’) is a Supreme Court Justice who excuses himself from the bench to start up his own law firm in an untitled NBC drama
• Mark-Paul Gosselaar (‘Raising the Bar’) is lawyering up again – ideally with shorter hair? – for the TBS comedy ‘Franklin & Bash.’ He and Breckin Meyer (‘Road Trip’) star as BFF street lawyers who join a ritzy firm.
• Patrick Fugit (‘Almost Famous‘) and Melissa Rauch (‘Big Bang Theory‘s Bernadette) have joined ‘Wright vs. Wrong,’ the ABC comedy starring Debra Messing as a conservative pundit. They’ll play Messing’s liberal NYU grad writer and wide-eyed assistant, respectively.