Connie Britton is set to revisit her role in "Friday Night Lights," and Teri Polo is headed back into the sitcom world after "The West Wing" concludes.
The two actresses are joined in the newest pilot casting by Ben Shenkman ("Angels in America"), Rachel Blanchard ("7th Heaven") and Riley Smith, who like Britton has appeared on "24." Additionally, ABC has ordered another pilot, a comedy called "The Guys."
Britton, who played the wife of a Texas high school football coach in the film version of "Friday Night Lights," will do the same in NBC's pilot, the showbiz trade papers report. She had a recurring role on "24" this season and was a regular on "Spin City" from 1996-2000.
Kyle Chandler is playing her husband in the pilot, taking over from the film's Billy Bob Thornton.Polo, currently playing the wife of presidential candidate Matt Santos (Jimmy Smits) on NBC's "The West Wing," is headed to CBS with the pilot "Welcome to the Jungle Gym." The comedy is about women juggling work and family; her signing lifts a casting contingency from the pilot.
Prior to "The West Wing," Polo starred in ABC's "I'm With Her" and "Meet the Fockers."
Smith, meanwhile, has joined the cast of "The Way," a CBS drama about a New England crime family that dabbles in witchcraft. He had a recurring part on season three of "24" and has also appeared in "Not Another Teen Movie" and "Joan of Arcadia."
Shenkman, an Emmy nominee for HBO's "Angels in America," has signed onto ABC's "Twenty Questions," a thriller about a young State Department employee who's caught up in a conspiracy. His credits also include "Just Like Heaven" and "Requiem for a Dream."
Also at ABC, Blanchard will star in "Our Thirties," a comedy about a group of friends realizing that adulthood is truly upon them. The former "Clueless" and "7th Heaven" regular, who did some decidedly more grown-up work in last year's film "Where the Truth Lies," will appear in the movie "Snakes on a Plane" later this year.
The Alphabet has also added "The Guys" to its rather large pool of comedy pilots. The show, from writers Craig Doyle ("The Andy Dick Show") and Al Higgins ("Malcolm in the Middle," "NewsRadio"), centers on five men who become friends through their kids. Doyle and Higgins will executive produce with Kim and Eric Tannenbaum ("Two and a Half Men").Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times