Pilot Castings: Minnie Driver Finds Lady Friends, Amy Smart and House Actress Are Bad Girls

Minnie Driver has a new gal pal, having been tapped to star opposite Andrea Anders in Keri Lizer’s NBC comedy pilot Lady Friends.

Also among the latest wave of pilot castings: a Shameless gal and House‘s green-card wife.

Lady Friends is about two life-long female pals who are living very different lives but can’t live without each other. Driver (The Riches) will play Jen, who has made some terrible life decisions — a 17-day marriage to a guy who dumped her, for one — but is Nicole’s (played by Anders) rock. Earlier this week, Cougar Town‘s Josh Hopkins was cast as Nicole’s hubby.

Meanwhile, Amy Smart (Shameless) has joined NBC’s adaptation of the UK’s prison-set series Bad Girls as a perfect Barbie-type who was busted for stealing and running up her friend’s credit card. Also joining the drama pilot is Karolina Wydra (House‘s Dominika) as a scheming, sultry inmate. The pilot is being produced by John Wells (Shameless, ER).

Which of these pilot castings have your interest piqued?

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  1. Jericho says:

    Damn … I always loved Andrea… its too bad now her show will be weighted down with Minnie. Andrea can’t seem to find a show that will last very long. Still wish Better off Ted was still around… too funny.

    • Scott says:

      Andrea has been very unlucky with sitcoms – The Class, Joey, Better Off Ted and Mr Sunshine so let’s hope it’s 5th time lucky for her!

  2. Diane says:

    Well, Jericho, we think just the opposite.. I love Minnie Driver. Have never been so mad as I was when they cancelled the Riches (my favorite show – ever)

    • aargh says:

      i am with you. i think minnie is underrated and andrea anders could not be more vanilla. and a good of a master list to be found is on thefutoncritic.com – not perfect, but pretty damn good.

  3. cj says:

    is there a master list of pilot castings somewhere that can be updated as they develop? that would be marvelous.

  4. jess says:

    Glad Minnie Driver’s back on TV. She was amazing in The Riches (along with rest of the cast!) so even though I wasn’t interested in this show at all, I’ll check it out for her!

  5. json says:


    Minnie Driver?

    Is it a dwarf?

  6. Nancy says:


  7. sahad says:

    welcome all friends