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Matt Letscher ("Eli Stone," "Brothers & Sisters") has also signed on to the pilot, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show stars British comic/author/TV presenter Danny Wallace ("Yes Man," "Join Me") as a version of himself who moves to America and experiences culture shock.
It's been a busy couple of days in pilot-land. The casting news:
- Martin Henderson ("Smokin' Aces") will star in the Jenna Bans-written, Shonda Rhimes-produced "Off the Map," the HR says. He'll play one of a trio of doctors working at an isolated medical clinic. Henderson also starred in another Rhimes pilot for ABC, "Inside the Box," last year.
- British actor Matt Ryan will be part of CBS' "Criminal Minds" spinoff, playing a former British special forces soldier with a degree from Cambridge. Forest Whitaker is in negotiations for the lead role.
- John Michael Hill, whose Broadway credits include "The Boy from Oz" and "Hairspray," will be part of ABC's cop drama "187 Detroit," according to the HR. He'll play a young detective who's about to become a father.
And on the pickup front:
- NBC has added a drama called "The Cape" and a comedy called "Outsourced" to its pilot roster.
"The Cape," from writer Tom Wheeler ("Empire"), is a comic-book-like drama about a police officer who's framed for a crime and takes on a secret identity in an effort to clear his name. "Outsourced" is based on the 2007 indie film of the same title about a manager who gets demoted and is sent to India to train a group of customer-service reps. "George Lopez" and "Late Show with David Letterman" veteran Robert Borden is writing the TV adaptation.
- Two comedies have the green light from ABC. "How to Be a Better American" is about a man determined to make himself and his reluctant family better citizens; it's from Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley ("Scrubs," "MADtv"). The other project is from comedian and writer Dana Gould ("The Simpsons"), who will play a high school counselor and father to two young kids.
- On cable, Maria Bello is set to star in and executive produce an HBO show called "Emergency Sex," about aid workers in war-torn countries. Russell Crowe and "Slumdog Millionaire" writer Simon Beaufoy, who's penning the pilot script, are also exec producers.
TBS, meanwhile, has ordered an hour-long comedy pilot called "Glory Daze" about fraternity pledges at a Wisconsin college in the 1980s. "Van Wilder" director Walt Becker and Michael LeSieur ("You, Me and Dupree") co-wrote the script, and Becker will direct. The pilot is cast-contingent.
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