"Sleeper Cell" star Michael Ealy is moving from Showtime to ABC, taking a part in the Guy Ritchie-directed pilot "Suspect."
Another fairly good-sized group of actors has signed up for pilot duty, including Matthew Lillard in "Area 52," Chris Wiehl in "Lipstick Jungle" and Christopher Sieber in "Wildlife," all at NBC; and Dina Waters in the ABC comedy "Family of the Year."
Ealy earned a Golden Globe nomination this year for "Sleeper Cell," in which he played an FBI agent who infiltrates a terrorist group. He'll play a dedicated cop in "Suspect," according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show is a crime drama that will introduce viewers to possible suspects in a case, then narrow them down to the actual criminal.
In addition to "Sleeper Cell," Ealy appeared in both "Barbershop" movies, "2 Fast 2 Furious" and the ABC film "Their Eyes Were Watching God."
Also at ABC, Waters ("Six Feet Under," "Just Like Heaven") has signed on to "Family of the Year," about a New Mexico family whose string of honors as their town's No. 1 clan is challenged by some new neighbors. Waters will play the wife in the rival family.
Lillard (the "Scream" films, "Scooby-Doo") will star in NBC's comedy "Area 52," about government employees at a secret facility in the desert. He's set to play an Air Force colonel who's in charge of watching over a captured alien.
In "Lipstick Jungle," Wiehl ("Love Monkey") will play the husband of Brooke Shields' character, while Sieber ("Spamalot," "It's All Relative") will play a zookeeper in "Wildlife," a comedy set at an animal park.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times