'Vampire Diaries' alum Taylor Kinney will star in NBC's 'Chicago Fire'

taylor-kinney-gi.jpg Taylor Kinney has landed a lead role in NBC's drama pilot "Chicago Fire."

Kinney will play a lieutenant in the Chicago Fire Department and the leader of a squad that's called in for dangerous and complicated fire and rescue operations, Deadline reports. He joins the previously cast Eamonn Walker, who will play Kinney's captain.

Kinney has previously played Tyler's (Michael Trevino) uncle Mason Lockwood on "The Vampire Diaries" and starred in another NBC series, "Trauma," a couple seasons back. He's also been dating Lady Gaga for the past several months.

"Chicago Fire" comes from writers Michael Brandt and Derek Haas ("3:10 to Yuma," "Wanted"), who are executive producing with "Law & Order" creator Dick Wolf.

Other pilot-casting news:

- "In Plain Sight" star Mary McCormack's next TV gig will be an ABC comedy from "New Adventures of Old Christine" creator Kari Lizer (not to be confused with another pilot Lizer has at NBC, starring Andrea Anders). McCormack will play a laid-off corporate executive who has little idea how to connect with her three teenage kids. [ EW]

- Ana Ortiz ("Ugly Betty") will return to ABC as the star of "Devious Maids," an adaptation of a Mexican telenovela from "Desperate Housewives" creator Marc Cherry. She'll play a woman who takes a job as a housekeeper as a way to dig up information on a murder case involving her son. [ Deadline]

- Brian F. O'Byrne ("Prime Suspect," "Mildred Pierce") has joined the cast of ABC's period drama "Gilded Lilys." He'll play the patriarch of a New York family opening the city's first luxury hotel in 1895. [ Deadline]

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