Pilot Scoop: Anthony LaPaglia, John Leguizamo and FNL Alum Among the Latest Castings

Without a Trace alum Anthony LaPaglia is poised to return to TV in style, while actor-comedian John Leguizamo is on board for a U.S. take on a British comedy, in two of the latest pilot castings per our sister site Deadline.

LaPaglia has landed the lead in Americana, an ABC sudser set around a legendary fashion designer and his family and business.

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Leguizamo meanwhile has signed on to star in ABC’s Only Fools and Horses, a multicamera comedy — based on the British format — about two streetwise brothers and their grandfather, who come up with outrageous, morally questionable schemes to get rich quick.

Leguizamo will play Del, the older, overly confidant con artist brother and leader of the team, Deadline reports.

In other pilot news…

Jurnee Smollett (aka Friday Night Lights‘ Jess) as been cast as one of the leads in John Wells’ adaptation of the U.K. series Bad Girls for NBC. Smollett will play a famous rap star who enjoys the high life on the local club scene… until she gets busted by the DEA and tossed into jail sans bail.

• Erik Jensen (Gravity) will play a deeply religious doctor/traveler in NBC’s The Frontier, a drama about a group that heads West from Missouri in the 1804s.

• Aussie ingenue Clare Bowen (Home and Away) will play a fresh-faced musical talent in ABC’s music-set Nashville pilot.

• Madison Davenport, who currently recurs on Showtime’s Shameless as Ethel, will play Anne Heche’s daughter in the NBC comedy Save Me.

Which pilot casting has your interest piqued?