'Lone Star's James Wolk moves to 'Georgetown'; Tim Allen returns to ABC
Wolk has landed a lead role in "Georgetown," an ABC drama pilot from executive producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage ("Gossip Girl," "The O.C."). He'll play a presidential speechwriter who's starting to become disillusioned with his job, Deadline reports.
"Georgetown" will also focus on the friends and colleagues of Wolk's character. Will Fetters ("Remember Me") wrote the script and is a co-exec producer.
Wolk's "Lone Star" co-star, Eloise Mumford, has also joined an ABC pilot: "The River," a drama about a group of people who go searching for a famed adventurer who has disappeared in the Amazon basin. She'll play a helicopter pilot who's also searching for her dad, a TV cameraman who went missing along with the adventurer.
Other casting news:
More than a decade after "Home Improvement" ended, Tim Allen is returning to ABC in a comedy pilot called "The Last Days of Man." He will play a guy in a family full of women who's trying to maintain his manliness -- apparently without the aid of a TV show about power tools. [ EW]
Diane Farr is reuniting with her boss on "The Job" and "Rescue Me," Peter Tolan, for Tolan's FOX comedy "Council of Dads." She'll play a widow whose recently deceased husband formed the "Council" to help her raise her two kids. Ken Howard ("Crossing Jordan," "The White Shadow") and Patrick Breen ("Eli Stone") will play two members of the council. [ Deadline]
"Glee's" Mike O'Malley has taken the lead role in another FOX comedy, "Family Album," about a father who tries really, really hard to bond with his family. (His deal with the pilot will allow him to continue appearing on "Glee" should "Family Album" be ordered to series.) Rachael Harris ("The Hangover") will play his wife. [ Deadline]
"Thor" co-star Kat Dennings will be one of "Two Broke Girls" for CBS. The comedy pilot from "Sex and the City's" Michael Patrick King and comedian Whitney Cummings is about a pair of twentysomething roommates trying to survive Manhattan on a shoestring budget. [ EW]
CBS' drama "The Doctor" has cast Christine Lahti ("Chicago Hope," "Jack & Bobby") in the title role. She will star as a woman who reconnects with her adult children when she joins her family's medical practice. [ Hollywood Reporter]
Leelee Sobieski ("Public Enemies," "The Good Wife") has joined another CBS drama, the Richard Price-written, Robert De Niro-produced "Rookies," about the lives of six rookie New York City cops. Sobieski will play one of the six, an officer who was part of the White House Color Guard before joining the NYPD. [ Deadline]
Eric Roberts, late of "Heroes" and "The Expendables," has come aboard ABC's "Grace," a family drama with the dance world as a backdrop. He's playing the patriarch of the Grace family. [ EW]
ABC's crime drama "Identity" has tapped Orlando Jones as one of its leads. The show centers on a police unit that works identity-related cases. [ Hollywood Reporter]
David Giuntoli ("Privileged") will play the lead in NBC's fairy tale-inspired drama "Grimm." He'll play a detective who comes to learn that the creatures described in Grimm's fairy tales are real. [ Deadline]