Pilots Land Raver, Dratch


The latest round of pilot casting finds "24" star Kim Raver heading over to ABC, Rachel Dratch joining her "Saturday Night Live" colleague Tina Fey's NBC project and Eddie Kaye Thomas getting hitched with FOX.

Ashley Jensen ("Extras"), Jeffrey Donovan ("Touching Evil"), Meta Golding and Erinn Hayes ("Kitchen Confidential") have also found pilot work.

Raver, who currently plays Defense Department official Audrey Raines on "24," has signed on to an untitled ABC drama from "Without a Trace Creator" Hank Steinberg and his sister K.J. Steinberg, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She will play one of nine people trying to put their lives together after being held hostage in a bank robbery.

Prior to "24," Raver was a regular on NBC's "Third Watch" for several seasons.

Meanwhile, Variety says Dratch will make the move to primetime with Fey for Fey's comedy about backstage doings at a sketch-comedy show not unlike "Saturday Night Live." So far, the cast is an all-"SNL" affair, with Tracy Morgan and 12-time host Alec Baldwin set to appear alongside Dratch and Fey.

At FOX, Thomas ("American Pie," "Off Centre") will star in the sitcom "'Til Death," playing half of a newlywed couple that moves next door to a husband and wife who've been together for 25 years. The network has also tapped Hayes for the female lead in "Becoming Glen," in which she'll play the title character's (Rob Corddry) object of affection.

Hayes filmed three episodes of "Kitchen Confidential" last fall, none of which aired after FOX pulled the plug on the show. She did, however, pick up a talent holding deal with the network as a result.

British actress Jensen, best known here as the female lead in HBO's "Extras," has joined ABC's "Ugly Betty," where she'll play the best friend of the main character (America Ferrera). Her credits also include the movies "Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story" and "Topsy-Turvy."

Also at ABC, Donovan will play one of the two leads in "Enemies," about childhood friends who end up on opposite sides of the law as adults. He'll play the criminal half. And Golding, who had a recurring part on "JAG" last season, will play the sister of Taye Diggs' cop in the Alphabet's drama "Day Break."

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