Two ‘ER’ alumni are eying returns to the small screen. Shane West has been cast on the CW’s ‘Nikita’ pilot, playing the agent in charge of Maggie Q’s assassin-in-training. Laura Innes, meanwhile, has joined NBC’s ‘The Event,’ playing the head of a mysterious detainment facility.
Other recent pilot casting highlights, courtesy of the Hollywood Reporter:
• Carlos Bernard (’24’) is a detective keeping a close watch on the family of ‘Scoundrels’ headed by Virginia Madsen and Neal McDonough in an ABC dramedy.
• Tim Blake Nelson (‘O Brother Where Art Thou’) is a psychologist-turned-tactical genius in ‘Chaos,’ a CBS drama about a team of CIA operatives led by Freddy Rodriguez.
• ‘Daily Show’ correspondent Jason Jones has scored the lead in the ABC comedy ‘How to Be a Better American,’ about a father who embarks on a journey of self-improvement.
• Malcolm Barrett (aka ‘Better Off Ted’s Lem) is a former high school star turned all-around loser in the Fox comedy ‘Most Likely to Succeed.’
• Tony winner Patti Lupone will play mom to Laura Benanti’s book editor in the CBS comedy ‘Open Books.’
• Domenick Lombardozzi (‘The Wire’) will partner with Laz Alonso’s U.S. Marshal to nab fugitives in Fox’s ‘Breakout Kings.’
• Hey, look – Kelli Giddish (of Fox’s just-expired ‘Past Life’) is also a fugitive-hunting U.S. Marshal, in NBC’s Jerry Bruckheimer-produced ‘Chase.’
• Kelly Hu (‘X-Men 2’) is a tough-as-nails ADA in ‘The Odds,’ a buddy cop drama at CBS.
• Malcolm-Jamal Warner (Theo!) and Eric Lange are San Francisco homicide detectives in ABC’s ‘True Blue.’