Pilots Round-Up: Locklear Lands CBS Pilot, ’24′ Star Returns and More

by | March 21, 2011 at 10:21 AM | TV News

Heather Locklear (Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Heather Locklear (Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)


Pilot casts are still being filled out, with CBS comedies locking up some familiar names.

Heather Locklear will play Ali, a neurotic celebrity, in the ensemble pilot “The Assistants,” about a group of underlings to a Hollywood couple, according to Entertainment Weekly.

David Henrie, T.J. Miller, Emily Rutherford and Lamorne Morris have been previously tapped as the assistants, with Tucker Cawley, Eric and Kim Tannenbaum (“Running Wilde,” “Two and a Half Men”) serving as executive producers. The project centers on Mike (Henrie), who comes from the small town in Pennsylvania where Ali comes from, according to Deadline.com.

Also, Mary Lynn Rajskub (“24″) has been cast in CBS’ pilot “How to Be a Gentleman” starring Kevin Dillon (“Entourage”) and David Hornsby, based on Hornsby’s book about an uptight columnist learning to live a little with the help of his old high school classmate, Bert (Dillon). Rajskub will play Hornsby’s sister.

CBS has also lined up Michelle Trachtenberg (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) for its as-yet-untitled pilot about young employees at a venture capital firm. Trachtenberg will play a mailroom worker who leaps to a junior associate position at the firm.

Meanwhile, at FX, Connie Britton (“Friday Night Lights”) has been cast in the mysterious pilot “American Horror Story” as Vivien Harmon, the wife of a still uncast therapist who will be the show’s other central character, EW reports.

The project comes from “Glee” creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, who will begin production after “Glee” wraps its current season in April. Murphy and Falchuck previously made FX their home on “Nip/Tuck.”

At ABC, Tom Arnold has been cast in the multicamera pilot “Other People’s Kids” about a 32-year-old man (Jesse Bradford) who falls in love with an older woman (Bonnie Sommerville) and finds himself with two kids, her ex-husband and his in-laws. Arnold will play the recurring part of the ex-mother-in-law’s lover, Deadline.com reports.


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