ABC has signed Alicia Silverstone to star in its comedy pilot "Pink Collar," leading a new round of pilot casting that also includes several actors on current shows.
That group includes Kevin Weisman of "Alias" in another ABC comedy, "Joey" co-star Jennifer Coolidge headed to FOX and Jennifer Aspen ("Rodney") at CBS. Additionally, former "Amazing Race" contestant Brian Thomas Smith has won the lead role in FOX's "The 12th Man."
Silverstone, last seen on TV in NBC's "Miss Match," will have a lead role in "Pink Collar," according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show, created by Patricia Breen ("Frasier," "Becker"), is a single-camera comedy about the relationships between female co-workers.
Silverstone starred in a FOX pilot called "Queen B" last season that didn't get picked up. Her recent film credits include "Beauty Shop" and "Stormbreaker," due for release later this year.
Also at ABC, Weisman has been added to the cast of "Mr. Nice Guy," a comedy about a guy whose attempts at good deeds never go unpunished. He joins several other "Alias" regulars -- including Ron Rifkin, Victor Garber and Greg Grunberg -- in finding pilot work as the series nears its end this spring.
Coolidge, currently playing Joey's (Matt LeBlanc) agent on the NBC sitcom, has joined "If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home by Now" at FOX. The comedy is about a group of people living at a temporary housing complex in L.A.
Aspen will play a friend of Teri Polo's character in CBS' "Welcome to the Jungle Gym," about a career woman adjusting to motherhood with the help of her pals. The casting of Aspen and Coolidge probably doesn't bode well for their respective shows, but given that neither "Rodney" nor "Joey," is on the air at the moment, it's not exactly a huge surprise.
Smith, who teamed with twin brother Greg on the seventh "Amazing Race," will play the title character in "The 12th Man," about a bench-warming pro basketball player. The show is based on NBA journeyman Paul Shirley's blog for ESPN.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times