Pilot News: Housewives' NeNe Leakes Joins Ryan Murphy Comedy, Vampire Alum Finds Shelter

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NeNe Leakes is fast becoming Ryan Murphy‘s newest protégé.

The Real Housewives star — who’s made a handful of appearances on Glee this season — has joined the cast of Murphy’s NBC comedy pilot The New Normal.

Also among the latest wave of pilot castings: a Vampire Diaries alum returns to The CW, Notorious adds a Breakout Kings vet and more.

As for Leakes, she joins the project — which centers on a modern-day blended family of a gay couple and their surrogate — as the heavily recurring character, Rocky.

In other pilot news…

• Trent Ford (Vampire Diaries) will co-star in The CW’s Shelter, a resort-set drama from Mark Schwahn and J.J. Abrams. He’ll play a former British rock star staying at the New England-based inn.

• Breakout Kings‘ Laz Alonso has nabbed the male lead in NBC’s Notorious, an opulent soap centering on a detective who goes undercover within the wealthy family she knew a child. Per Deadline, the actor will star as a determined NYPD detective opposite the previously cast Meagan Good.

Jonathan Silverman (Greek, The Single Guy) will play an internist in David E. Kelley’s TNT medical drama, Chelsea General.

Veteran actor Ken Howard (30 Rock) has joined ABC’s Counter Culture, Deadline reports; the show is a comedy about three sisters running the family diner in Texas. He’ll play the working-class hubby of Margo Martindale’s leading lady.

Which pilot castings have your interest piqued?



Comments (8)

  • They all suck. Nothing interests me.

    Comment by Lisa – March 27, 2012 04:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’d watch anything with Trent Ford in it…I still reminisce about the movie How to Deal in which Mr. Ford played the teen sweetheart Macon Forester opposite Mandy Moore

      Comment by Elizabeth Hoffman – May 1, 2012 03:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I WILL WATCH THEM THEY SOUND INTERESTING BUT TO ME WHY SHOULD I WATCH THEM AND START LIKING THESE SHOWS THEN ONE DAY THEY BE CANCELED THEY SHOULD BRING BACK NO ORDINARY FAMILY THAT WAS A GREAT SHOW

    Comment by Aleana – March 27, 2012 04:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Nene leakes omg. How great. I love her. She has such great comedic timing on Glee. She’ll do great.

    Comment by Mark – March 27, 2012 05:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • But what about The Real Housewives of Atlanta?

    Comment by YowzaPowza – March 27, 2012 05:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I remember her saying on the Rosie Show that she has a long contract with RHOA, so I really don’t think she will be going anywhere. Instead of saying “Cashing a Trump Check” She will just now say “Cashing a Ryan Murphy check”

      Comment by Ed – March 27, 2012 06:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Everything about this is great, if you delete the words “Ryan” and “Murphy” from the article.

    Comment by Sam – March 27, 2012 05:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • *sighs* This Nene person isn’t going away anytime soon is she? I was going to check out New Normal but now……..* shudders*

    Comment by Carmichael – March 27, 2012 06:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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