Jay Mohr Back in 'Service' at NBC
Lithgow, 'Love Monkey' stars also get workLOS ANGELES --
Multiple Emmy winner John Lithgow ("3rd Rock from the Sun") is also back at the Peacock, while TV veterans Tim Daly and Sharon Lawrence have jumped on the pilot bandwagon at ABC and The CW. Alicia Witt and two stars of CBS' short-lived "Love Monkey," Christopher Wiehl and Larenz Tate, have been cast as well.
Mohr, who had a falling-out with NBC in 2004 over the network's treatment of "Last Comic Standing 3" (which he hosted and executive produced), is set to star in a comedy called "Community Service," the showbiz trade papers report. It's about a New Yorker who chases an ex-girlfriend to a small town in Ohio. He then gets arrested and sentenced to community service, meaning he's stuck there.
Wiehl, whose credits also "Playmakers" and "CSI," will play the cop who busts Mohr's character.
Also at NBC, Lithgow will star in "Twenty Good Years," about two middle-aged men who decide they need to make the most of their remaining time on Earth. The two-time Oscar nominee's recent credits include "Kinsey" and "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers," as well as a turn on Broadway in "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels."
Tate ("Crash," "Ray") is staying at CBS for the pilot "Waterfront," about the mayor of Providence, R.I. (Joe Pantoliano). The cast also includes William Baldwin and Mary Stuart Masterson.
Daly, who starred in ABC's "Eyes" last season and will reprise his role on "The Sopranos" this spring, has joined the ABC drama from Hank ("Without a Trace") and K.J. ("Judging Amy") Steinberg. The show follows nine people who were held hostage in a bank robbery as they put their lives back together.
Lawrence, a veteran of "NYPD Blue" who did a memorable guest turn on "Desperate Housewvies" last season, will star in Kevin Williamson's ("Dawson's Creek") untitled Palm Springs pilot at The CW. Taylor Handley, Oliver from "The O.C.," will play the lead role, a newcomer to the desert resort community.
Finally, Witt ("Cybill," "The Upside of Anger") has taken the title role in FOX's comedy "More, Patience." The single-camera show is about a therapist trying to fix her own life as well as those of her patients.