Pilot News: Justin Hartley, Liza Weil and Ellen Burstyn Are Among Latest Castings

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Justin Hartley Pilot CastingOnetime Scandal victim Liza Weil, Revenge bad boy Justin Hartley and former Political Animals matriarch Ellen Burstyn are among the latest actors to book pilots this winter.

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Per our sister site Deadline

* The oft-shirtless Hartley will flex his funny bone in ABC’s Damaged Goods pilot from Awkward creator Lauren Iungerich. Described as smart and egotistical, Hartley’s Tim finds himself at odds with his girlfriend when she beats him out for a promotion at their mutual law firm. Hartley joins previously announced cast members Ben Lawson and Steve Talley.

* Weil aka Scandal‘s Amanda Tanner (RIP) has been accepted into the Shonda Rhimes-produced law school-based thriller How To Get Away With Murder, playing an associate of a criminal defense professor (Viola Davis).

* Burstyn has been cast opposite Natasha Lyonne in Amy Poehler’s single-camera NBC comedy pilot Old Soul. Burstyn’s Eileen is the uninhibited cancer-beating lesbian aunt of Lyonne’s Nadia, who works in a nursing home. Old Soul also stars Fred Willard and Rita Moreno.

* Recently seen romancing Mindy Project‘s title heroine, Tommy Dewey has joined the 1960s-set NBC comedy pilot Mission Control. Dewey’s astronaut character is frequently at odds with his strong-willed coworker, played by Krysten Ritter (Don’t Trust The B–).

Comments (13)

  • I’ll never forget Ellen’s amazing line in Big Love, “are you being lesbians together?” And now ironically, Ellen is! Ha, awesome casting.

    Comment by Kaycee – February 27, 2014 04:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I know that Liza played Amanda Tanner on Scandal…..BUT she will always be Paris Gellar!

    Comment by Amy – February 27, 2014 05:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • this!!!

      Comment by Alysia Wilkinson – February 27, 2014 05:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I have been wondering every pilot season where she is? She’s too talented and I don’t know why no one has pounced on her.

      Comment by Matt – February 27, 2014 05:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Me too. That’s why she has always annoyed me. Character bias!

      Comment by Erin – February 27, 2014 07:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Was coming to the comments section to say this. I think mr Swift wanted to say “Weil aka the Gilmore Girls‘ Paris Geller”.

      Comment by Delirious – February 28, 2014 05:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed. I think the purpose was to highlight she’s joining another Shonda Rhimes project (her third after Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal).

      Comment by dude – February 28, 2014 08:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I guess Patrick isn’t sticking around Revenge then.

    Comment by Angel – February 27, 2014 05:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yay for Justin!

    Comment by SnazzyO (@SnazzyO) – February 27, 2014 05:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Nooooo!!!!! I love patrick on revenge! If this show does not get picked up he better be back! Love Justin Hartley since his Passions days!!!!

    Comment by Jacqi – February 27, 2014 05:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So excited for Lisa Weil!!
    I think she’s a terrific actress and I miss her because she hasn’t been in any show I watch regularly since Gilmore Girls.

    Comment by animegirl31 – February 27, 2014 08:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • None of those sound the least bit enticing.

    Comment by DiverKlein – February 28, 2014 07:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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