‘Felicity’s Keri Russell and Scott Foley Top Latest Pilot Picks

Keri Russell and Scott Foley also have 'Scrubs' guest spots in common. (NBC)

Keri Russell and Scott Foley also have 'Scrubs' guest spots in common. (NBC)

TV’s former ‘Felicity‘ may be on her way back to the tube. Keri Russell, who in recent years has been feverishly wooed to tackle TV again, is in talks to star opposite Will Arnett in ‘Wilde Kingdom,’ a Fox pilot penned by Arnett and fellow ‘Arrested Development’ alum Mitch Hurwitz. The comedy would find Russell’s tree-hugger clumsily pursued by Arnett’s materialistic playboy.

Russell as of late has been focusing on the big screen, appearing in films as disparate as ‘Mission Impossible III’ and the acclaimed indie ‘Waitress.’ Her most recent TV gig was a 2007 visit to ‘Scrubs.’

Another ‘Felicity’ alum spying a new gig is Scott Foley (‘The Unit’), who has been cast as the assistant DA on ABC’s ‘True Blue’ cop drama.

Other recent pilot casting highlights, courtesy of the Hollywood Reporter:

Jimmy Smits (‘NYPD Blue’) is a Supreme Court Justice who excuses himself from the bench to start up his own law firm in an untitled NBC drama

• ‘American Dreams‘ girl Brittany Snow is the assistant to Kathy Bates‘ law firm boss in ‘Kindreds,’ the NBC drama from David E. Kelley.

Mark-Paul Gosselaar (‘Raising the Bar’) is lawyering up again – ideally with shorter hair? – for the TBS comedy ‘Franklin & Bash.’ He and Breckin Meyer (‘Road Trip’) star as BFF street lawyers who join a ritzy firm.

Melinda Clarke (‘The O.C.‘) is ‘Nikita’s special ops boss in the CW’s remake of ‘La Femme Nikita.’

Madchen Amick (‘Twin Peaks‘) has been cast as a criminal defense attorney/Jason Isaac’s love interest in the Fox drama ‘Pleading Guilty.’

Jerry O’Connell (‘Crossing Jordan‘) is partnering with Jim Belushi in CBS’ ‘Defenders,’ where they’ll play Las Vegas defense attorneys.

Patrick Fugit (‘Almost Famous‘) and Melissa Rauch (‘Big Bang Theory‘s Bernadette) have joined ‘Wright vs. Wrong,’ the ABC comedy starring Debra Messing as a conservative pundit. They’ll play Messing’s liberal NYU grad writer and wide-eyed assistant, respectively.

Also see:
Messing Finds ‘Wright’ Role, and More Pilot News
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