UPDATED: Big Names Line Up for Pilot Season

by | February 28, 2012 at 11:15 AM | TV News

Dennis Quaid (Photo: Getty Images)

We may be at the height of the TV season, but in TV Land, they’re looking ahead to next season’s prospective hits (and misses) as pilot season is officially underway. And a flurry of big names are in play as the networks greenlight a slew of projects.

Here’s a round-up of the latest pilot casting news:

TALENT: Cuba Gooding, Jr.
NETWORK: Fox
PROJECT: “Guilty,” a legal drama from Greg Berlanti in which Gooding will play a defense attorney stripped of his right to practice law who uses unconventional methods to solve cases on the sly. Eva Amurri Martino plays his attorney-sidekick.

TALENT: George Lopez
NETWORK: Cable
PROJECT: Lopez will star in and produce a sitcom about a Latino family in an initial 10-episode deal.

TALENT: Johnny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu
NETWORK: CBS
PROJECT: “Elementary,” CBS’s update of “Sherlock Holmes,” with Miller as Sherlock, a recovering addict and consultant for the NYPD, and in a modern twist, Liu as Watson, a former surgeon who watches after Holmes.

TALENT: F. Murray Abraham
NETWORK: ABC
PROJECT: ABC’s version of “Beauty and the Beast” (there are two in the works; The CW is also remaking the fairytale), with Abraham as a “duplicitous” chancellor to the Emperor.

TALENT: David Eigenberg (“Sex and the City”)
NETWORK: NBC
PROJECT: The NBC drama “Chicago Fire,” with Eigenberg as a married veteran firefighter fallen on tough times who moves in with his in-laws.

TALENT: Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis
NETWORK: CBS
PROJECT: From “Goodfellas” writer Nicholas Pileggi, “Ralph Lamb” is a sixties gangster drama set in Vegas about the real-life longest-serving sheriff of Clark County, Nev. For more on “Lamb,” click here.

TALENT: Lily Tomlin
NETWORK: ABC
PROJECT: “Malibu Country,” Reba McIntyre’s return to sitcom, in which she plays a down-and-out country singer trying to reignite her career, with Tomlin cast as Reba’s mother.

TALENT: Martin Lawrence
NETWORK: CBS
PROJECT: An untitled comedy in which Lawrence will play a widowed father of two now in his forties who goes to the police academy to become a cop.

TALENT: Bill Pullman, Brittany Snow
NETWORK: NBC
PROJECT: “1600 Penn,” a comedy about a dysfunctional family living in the White House, with Pullman as the President and Snow as his perfectionist First Daughter.

TALENT: Rachel Dratch
NETWORK: NBC
PROJECT: “Lady Friends,” a comedy about two female friends living very different lives who can’t live without each other.

TALENT: Mira Sorvino
NETWORK: CBS
PROJECT: “Trooper,” a drama from Jerry Bruckheimer about a no-nonsense mom who becomes a New York state trooper.

TALENT: Terry O’Quinn, Dave Annable
NETWORK: ABC
PROJECT: “666 Park Avenue,” a supernatural thriller about a young couple who agree to manage a NYC apartment building…that turns out to be a haunted house.

TALENT: Abby Elliott (“Saturday Night Live”)
NETWORK: Fox
PROJECT: “Ben Fox is My Manny,” in which Elliott is expected to play an uptight single mother whose laid-back brother moves in with her.

TALENT: Anthony LaPaglia, Emilie De Ravin (“Lost”), Ashley Greene (“Twilight”)
NETWORK: ABC
PROJECT: “Americana,” a soapy drama about an iconic fashion family.