Ex-’Talk’ Host Lands ABC Show, More Pilot News

by | March 2, 2012 at 1:33 PM | TV News

Leah Remini (Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

We knew it wouldn’t take long for Leah Remini to brush off that whole “Talk” debacle.

The actress, who was unceremoniously let go last fall from CBS’s “The Talk,” along with fellow co-host Holly Robinson Peete, has already landed a new series.

Remini has joined the cast of the ABC comedy pilot, “White Van Man,” which also has Kyle Bornheimer and J.K. Simmons on board. The show revolves around a man (Bornheimer) who gives up his dreams to take over the family’s handyman business from his dad (Simmons). Remini has signed on to play Bornheimer’s aunt Terry, described as a scarf-wearing bohemian, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In other pilot news, “Heroes” hottie Hayden Panettiere is heading to “Nashville,” ABC’s soapy drama pilot about a fading fortysomething country star forced to team up with a teen sensation (Panettiere) to save her tour and latest album, according to Deadline. She joins previously cast actors Robert Wisdom, Powers Boothe, Clare Bowen and Jonathan Jackson.

“Sopranos” costar Jamie-Lynn Sigler has signed on to play one of the wives of “DILFs” (from Jimmy Fallon), an NBC sitcom about daddies in their 30s who aren’t ready to grow up.

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Forever a “Friends” star, Matthew Perry has signed on to “Go On” to play a sportscaster trying to move on from a loss and finds help from a support group (it’s a comedy).

After a successful turn on “Dancing with the Stars,” David Arquette is sticking with ABC. He’s joined ABC’s comedy pilot, “The Smart One,” about dueling sisters, played by Portia de Rossi and Malin Akerman, according to TV Line.

For a round-up of more big names lining up pilots this season, click here.

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