Pilot News: Desperate Husband, James Cromwell and CSI: NY Actress Among Latest Castings

Chavira_CromwellDesperate HousewivesRicardo Chavira, Horror Story‘s James Cromwell, The Unit‘s Michael Irby and a CSI: NY fave are among the latest actors to book pilots this winter.

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As reported by our sister site Deadline….

* Chavira has joined the NBC sitcom Welcome To The Family, playing the divorced Latino father of the ex-con who got Mike O’Malley and Mary McCormack’s daughter pregnant.

* Fresh off his Horror Story: Asylum reign of terror, Cromwell will play the head of the powerful Chicago family in ABC‘s Betrayal drama based on a Dutch series.

* Megan Dodds (CSI: NY) will play John Stamos’ accomplished businesswoman wife in NBC‘s I Am Victor drama.

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Also….

* Irby has joined Fox’s untitled Bad Robot/J.H. Wyman drama about a human cop, John Kennex, who is partnered with an android (Michael Ealy). Irby will play an LAPD Detective who blames Kennex for the death of some fellow officers.

* Megalyn Echikunwoke (let’s go with The 4400) has been cast in Influence, ABC’s Kyle Killen-penned drama about two brothers who solve clients’ problems using the science of human motivation and manipulation. Echikunwoke will play an actress who helps out the team.

* In a “second position” casting, Benjamin Stockham of 1600 Penn is the titular lad in Jason Katim’s NBC adaptation of About A Boy, starring David Walton and Minnie Driver.