Ashley Tisdale nabs comedy pilot, Milo Ventimiglia goes noir

tisdale-getty-small.jpg Ashley Tisdale, formerly of "Hellcats," continues to distance herself from the "High School Musical" franchise that made her famous. Tisdale has just signed on to an as yet untitled CBS multi-camera comedy about young creatives trying to make it in dire financial times.

The pilot, written by Louis CK and Spike Feresten, is an update of a script that they cowrote 13 years ago. Tisdale plays a "beautiful and sarcastic assistant to a vintage clothing designer." The casting was first reported by Deadline.

In other pilot casting news:

- Chris Egan, who has a holding deal with ABC, has been cast in a lead role as Gorrick for the network's "Beauty and the Beast" pilot. The character is a knight and the fiance of Grace (the "Beauty" referred to in the title). [Deadline]

-"Heroes" and "Gilmore Girls" star Milo Ventimiglia is set to play the lead in Frank Darabont's "LA Noir" for TNT. The '40s crime drama is based on the nonfiction book "L.A. Noir: The Struggle For The Soul Of America's Most Seductive City." Ventimiglia plays a WWII vet who is now a lawyer being groomed by the mafia. [ Deadline]

- Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis have scored lead roles in CBS' cowboy drama based on Ralph Lamb, a rodeo cowboy turned Las Vegas sheriff. Quaid is set to play Lamb, while Chiklis will star as a Chicago mob boss. [ THR]

-Whedonverse darling Dichen Lachman has been cast alongside Scott Speedman and Autumn Reeser in Shawn Ryan's "Last Resort" for ABC. The pilot follows a U.S. Navy crew forced to declare their own nation on an island after becoming fugitives. Lachman will play one of the island's natives. [ TV Line]
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