Pilot Scoop: Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis Head West, Mad Men Alum Joins ABC Drama and More!
Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis have finalized deals to headline a Western for CBS, Lily Tomlin is set to play Reba McEntire’s mother on ABC, and Mad Men‘s Matt Long is going even further back in time as one of the stars of Shonda Rhimes’ ambitious new period piece (also for ABC).
First up, CBS’ ’60s-set untitled drama is based on the true story of rodeo cowboy-turned-longtime Sheriff of Las Vegas Ralph Lamb (Quaid, in his first major TV gig), and Johnny Savino (Chiklis), a Chicago mob fixer whose entrepreneurial vision for transforming Las Vegas collides with the law-and-order mandate of Lamb.
Nicolas Pileggi (Goodfellas) and Greg Walker (The Defenders) wrote the pilot script and Walk the Line helmer James Mangold will direct and serve as an EP.
In other pilot news, per our sister site Deadline:
* Tomlin has been cast as McEntire’s mother in the ABC comedy Malibu Country.
* Larry Wilmore — whose resume includes creating The Bernie Mac Show and serving as “Senior Black Correspondent” on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart — is stepping in front of the camera again for Fox’s Living Loaded. The comedy from It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’s Rob McElhenney and Rob Rosell stars Mike Vogel as a hard partying blogger who becomes an NPR radio co-host alongside Wilmore’s character.
* Powers Boothe (Deadwood) will play a powerful and controlling patriarch who disapproves of his daughter’s career as a country singer in ABC’s Nashville.