Greg Grunberg, whose "Alias" character supported the nearly superheroic Sydney Bristow for several seasons, is getting some powers of his own.
Grunberg will star in the NBC pilot "Heroes," a show about people who discover they have superpowers. He heads a round of pilot casting that also includes "The Daily Show's" Rob Corddry taking the lead in FOX's comedy "Becoming Glen" and former "Law & Order" star Angie Harmon taking up "Secrets of a Small Town" at ABC.
NBC and ABC have also ordered two new pilots each.
"Heroes" comes from "Crossing Jordan" creator Tim Kring. It's about a group of seemingly everyday people, Grunberg among them, who realize they have superhuman abilities, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Grunberg left "Alias" early this season and had a comedy project in development at NBC, which is now apparently on the back burner. The one-time "Felicity" star will next be seen in "Mission: Impossible III," directed by his pal J.J. Abrams.
At FOX, Corddry will play the title character in "Becoming Glen," a comedy in which a guy in his 40s looks back a decade to the time when he started to get his life together. Corddry's brother Nate has also landed pilot work this season, on NBC's Aaron Sorkin drama "Studio 60."
Harmon, meanwhile, will star in ABC's "Secrets of a Small Town," which unravels a murder mystery in a seemingly placid burg. The actress starred in NBC's there-and-gone "Inconceivable" last fall and was recently on the big screen in "Fun with Dick and Jane."
NBC's latest pilot orders are both comedies. "The Singles Table" will follow five people who become friends after being sat together at the table for uncoupled folks at a wedding. "Grounded for Life" creators Mike Schiff and Bill Martin are writing and executive producing.
The network has also picked up an untitled show from writer Chris Sheridan ("Family Guy") about two brothers -- one an FBI agent, one a criminal -- who live next door to each other.
ABC also added two comedies to its roster. "Mr. Nice Guy," from writer Jeff Astrof ("Friends," "In-Laws"), is about a guy who tries to do the right thing but usually ends up with egg on his face.
"Southern Comfort" follows a geek-turned-billionaire who returns to his hometown and, despite his success, still feels beneath his jock older brother. It's written by Brad Copeland ("Arrested Development," "My Name Is Earl") and could end up with a different title, as FOX also has a pilot called "Southern Comfort."