NBC Welcomes Shields to the 'Jungle'
Former 'Ed' regular Mitchell gets 'Stupid'
Shields will play one of the leads in the pilot, based on a book by "Sex and the City" author Candace Bushnell. Also at NBC, former "24" regular Xander Berkeley has joined the cop show from "House" writers David Shore and Peter Blake, and the Farrelly brothers-produced comedy "I'm With Stupid" has cast Christopher Thornton, Kevin Daniels and Daryl "Chill" Mitchell in its lead roles, according to the showbiz trades.
"Lipstick Jungle" revolves around three close friends in New York, all of whom happen to have high-powered jobs. Shields is set to play Wendy, a movie executive who's married with three kids.
Should the show get picked up, it will be Shields' first work as a TV regular since "Suddenly Susan" ended its run on NBC in 2000. She had a recurring part on "Nip/Tuck" this season and has done guest spots on "Entourage," "That '70s Show" and "Two and a Half Men" in the recent past. She also starred in a FOX pilot called "New Car Smell" in 2005 that wasn't picked up.
"I'm With Stupid," based on a British show, centers on a down-on-his-luck guy (Daniels, "Their Eyes Were Watching God") who moves in with his wheelchair-bound friend (Thornton, "Pretty Persuasion") at a group home. Mitchell, last seen in "Inside Man," will play another resident of the home. Peter and Bobby Farrelly ("There's Something About Mary") are among the show's executive producers, with Peter set to direct the pilot.
Berkeley, meanwhile, will play Famke Janssen's boss in the Shore-Blake pilot, an ensemble drama centering on Janssen's female cop. Berkeley played CTU boss George Mason in the first two seasons of "24"; his other credits include a recurring part on "CSI" and the movies "Air Force One" and "North Country."