Pilots: Cannavale Makin' 'M.O.N.Y.'
Zap2It.com | February 2, 2007
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Lefevre goes from 'Brian' to 'Mars'
Cannavale has won the lead role in "M.O.N.Y.," an NBC drama pilot in which he'll play the Big Apple's new mayor. Other actors jumping on the pilot carousel, according to the Hollywood Reporter, include Bryan Cranston in AMC's "Breaking Bad," and at ABC, Rachelle Lefevre in "Life on Mars," Rebecca Mader in "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" and Michael Michele in "Judy's Got a Gun."
"M.O.N.Y.," which comes from the executive producing team of Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson ("Homicide," "Oz"), will star Cannavale as the city's public advocate. When he's elevated to the position of interim mayor, he has to deal with political reality while trying to maintain his moral compass. Spike Lee will direct the pilot.
Cannavale was a regular on NBC's "Third Watch" for its first two seasons and had a recurring part as Will's (Eric McCormack) boyfriend Vince on "Will & Grace." Two years ago he starred in the network's cop-shop pilot "NY-70."
His movie credits include "Snakes on a Plane," "The Station Agent" and "Fast Food Nation."
Also at NBC, Dania Ramirez ("X-Men: The Last Stand") has joined James Badge Dale and Michael Rispoli the cast of the drama "Fort Pit." She'll play a former narcotics officer busted down to street duty after being caught using drugs she seized.
ABC, meanwhile, has cast Lefevre ("What About Brian") in "Life on Mars," David E. Kelley's remake of the British series about a detective who suffers a present-day trauma and wakes up in the early 1970s. She'll play the lone female detective in the department in 1972.
The Alphabet has also lined up Mader (FOX's "Justice") to play one of Jordana Brewster's fellow assassins in its "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" adaptation and added Michele ("NYPD Blue," "Kevin Hill") and Steve Sandvoss (to "Judy's Got a Gun," about a single mom/suburban police detective. Both will play colleagues of the title character, who has yet to be cast.
Finally, former "Malcolm in the Middle" star Cranston will star in "Breaking Bad," AMC's first go at an original drama series. He'll play a high-school science teacher who, after being diagnosed with a terminal illness, sets up a drug lab to provide for his family.