Mercedes Ruehl, Scott Bakula, Pablo Schreiber, Victor Garber Among Stage Actors Cast in TV Pilots

By Michael Gioia
March 19, 2012

Tony Award winner Mercedes Ruehl, Tony nominees Scott Bakula, Pablo Schreiber and Victor Garber, as well as Anna Camp, Tate Donovan, Zak Orth, Ben Rappaport, Matthew Rhys and Scott Wolf, have been cast in upcoming television pilots, according to Deadline.com.



Ruehl (Lost in Yonkers) will star opposite Ryan Hansen in the Fox comedy pilot "El Jefe." The project, penned by David Guarascio and Moses Port, centers on upper-class 30-year-old Josh (Hansen), who, after being kicked out of his home, moves in with his longtime Latina nanny Delmi (Ruehl). Also cast in the pilot is Jessica Camacho.

Bakula (Romance / Romance) has been cast in the NBC comedy pilot "Table For Three," written by Dana Klein and directed by Pam Fryman. In "Table For Three," Pen (Christine Woods), a Harvard Medical School graduate, learns that her father Robert (Bakula) has become engaged to her high school classmate Holly (Nicky Whelan). 20th Century Fox TV is producing; Klein and Aaron Kaplan are executive producers.

Schreiber (Awake and Sing!) will co-star opposite Janet Montgomery in CBS' drama pilot "Baby Big Shot." The project, from writer Dana Calvo and showrunner Kevin Falls, is a legal drama centered on Martina (Montgomery), who uses her street smarts to compete with her colleagues at a top New York law firm. Schreiber will play Luke, a partner at the firm and Martina's love interest.

Camp (Equus, All New People), recently seen on CBS' "The Good Wife," will co-star in Mindy Kaling's comedy pilot for Fox. Kaling stars as Mira, a young obstetrician/gynecologist balancing her personal and professional life; Camp will play her former college roommate and best friend.

Donovan (Good People) and Garber (Damn Yankees) have been cast in NBC's drama pilot "Notorious," which is written by Liz Heldens. In the murder mystery, Donovan will play Robert Lawson's (Garber) oldest child.

Orth (Major Barbara) has joined NBC's JJ Abrams-Eric Kripke drama pilot "Revolution." The project, directed by Jon Favreau, follows a group of people struggling to survive in a world where all forms of energy have ceased to exist. Orth will play Aaron, a scientist.

Rappaport (Second Stages' Sex Lives of Our Parents) has been cast as the lead in ABC's comedy pilot "Awesometown" from writer-executive producer Adam Sztykiel, which focuses on the modern twentysomething relationship. Also cast in the pilot are Nick Kocher and James Earl III.

Look Back in Anger's Rhys will join Keri Russell in FX's "The Americans." Created by Joe Weisberg and directed by Gavin O'Connor, the project centers on two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington, DC, in the early 1980s. Weisberg, Graham Yost, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey are executive producers.

Wolf (Side Man) has been cast in the CW drama pilot "Joey Dakota," which centers on Maya (Amber Stevens), a documentary filmmaker, who goes back in time to create a film about rock star Joey Dakota. Wolf will play Franklin, who has also dabbled in time travel.