The Hollywood Reporter Trade Magazine - March 15, 2000

Producers casting about to prep fall pilots
Written by Nellie Andreeva and Cynthia Littleton

"Married ... With Children" star Katey Sagal and Paula Marshall are headed for new TV gigs as casting kicks into high gear on comedy and drama pilots in contention for the fall season.

Sagal has been cast in NBC's single-camera comedy pilot "Tucker," produced by NBC Studios and Regency TV for NBC. The plot revolves around a 15-year-old boy and his divorced mother who move in with their aunt and cousin. Sagal will play the aunt.

Marshall, who recently starred in David E. Kelley's "Snoops," and "Veronica's Closet" co-star Dan Cortese are set to play the leads in an untitled Rob Thomas project (previously known as "The Third Coast") for Fox Broadcasting produced by 20th Century Fox Television.

Marshall will play a young female executive who returns to her Texas hometown, where she becomes a co-owner of a hockey team. Cortese will play Marshall's ex-boyfriend, a former hockey player, in the hourlong romantic drama about the two running the team together. Nick Marck will direct the pilot presentation.

Cortese has two more years on his contract with "Veronica's Closet," but few believe the show will be back for another season. Co-star Kathy Najimy already announced that she will leave at the end of the season. Cortese is repped by the William Morris Agency and managed by Ray McKingley of Shelter Entertainment.

Scott Cohen ("Gia," "Gotti," recent NBC miniseries "The 10th Kingdom" and CBS telefilm "Perfect Murder, Perfect Town"), is set to co-star in "Silent Witness," a drama pilot from Granada Entertainment, NBC Studios and Columbia TriStar TV for NBC. Cohen will play an appealing, rough-hewn detective who is alternately alienated by and endeared to his co-worker, a Chicago medical examiner. Cohen is repped by Writers and Artists.

Ethan Embry ("Can't Hardly Wait," "Disturbing Behavior"), who recently starred in short-lived CBS series "Work With Me," has been cast as the lead in "Fearsum," a project for Fox from 20th Century Fox TV and Regency TV. He will play the host of a Web site focused on paranormal phenomena who finds out that his dead twin brother is not dead after all. Dennis Christopher ("The Profiler") has also been cast in the drama series, which has received a 13-episode commitment.

David Paymer, who appeared in "The Hurricane," "Amistad," "Payback" and A&E's TV movie "Dash and Lilly," is in advanced negotiations to star in CBS' "From Where I Sit," created by Jonathan Katz. Paramount Television Network is producing the pilot for the family comedy show about a couple with two children that is based on Katz's life. Paymer will also serve as a consultant on the show.

"The Young and the Restless" star Shemar Moore has been tapped for "Celebrity," a drama for Fox from 20th Century Fox TV and Jersey TV.

Peter Woodward ("The Patriot") has been tapped to play the cardinal in "MK3," a contemporary version of "The Three Musketeers" produced by Warner Bros. TV for Fox. Two of the three musketeers have been cast. David Denman ("The Replacements") will play Aramis, and Connor Trineer ("One Life to Live") will take the role of Portos.

Mary Stuart Masterson and Rhea Perlman have been cast in CBS' "The Further Adventures," a pilot from 20th Century Fox Television in association with CBS Prods. and Jersey TV. Steven Tolkin is executive producing. Ben Foster, Mason Gamble and Tammy Jean Blanchard join Masterson and Perlman in the drama about a single mother who struggles to raise her two gifted sons.

Patrick Fabian has been cast in "Wilder Days," an hourlong multigenerational family drama from ATG for ABC.

Andy Cuomo has been tapped for an untitled Lowell Ganz/ Babaloo Mandel multigenerational drama -- likened to "Parenthood" -- for ABC.

William Peterson has joined the cast of "CSI," a CBS ensemble drama about a squad of crime-scene investigators in Las Vegas. The pilot is produced by Bruckheimer Films in association with Touchstone and CBS Prods. and executive produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.