The “Melrose Place” revamp may have disappointed The CW with its low ratings in the 2009-2010 season, but the talent on the show is headlining their 2012 pilots across the board. Katie Cassidy, of course, is set to star in “Arrow” as the Black Canary, while Jessica Lucas has been cast in “Cult,” from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage.
Now, the network has announced that Michael Rady, who played “Melrose” boy-next-door Jonah Miller, has been cast in their medical show “First Cut,” a “dramedy” about a group of new doctors who discover that life in the hospital is just like high school. TVLine reports that Rady plays Micah, the resident who oversees the new gang of medical interns.
Also joining The CW is Aimee Teegarden, whose “Friday Night Lights” roots are a far cry from “Melrose Place.” Teegarden will play the lead in the futuristic “The Selection,” which is best described as “The Bachelorette” meets “The Hunger Games.” Her character, America, is set to become queen 300 years in the future. The story follows her search for a husband. TVLine first reported the casting.
In other pilot news:
-“Heroes” and “Felicity” star Greg Grunberg has signed on to Greg Berlanti’s CBS romantic comedy pilot. He’ll play JoAnna Garcia’s brother, who is going through a nasty divorce and has a less-than-optimistic outlook on romance. [Deadline]
-“The Hangover’s” Justin Bartha is set to star in Ryan Murphy’s NBC sitcom “The New Normal” as a gay man looking to start a family with his partner (played by “Book of Mormon” star Andrew Rannells). Scottish actress Georgia King will play their surrogate, and her racist grandmother will be played by Ellen Barkin. [THR]
-“American Pie’s” Mena Suvari and “My Boys'” Kyle Howard have nabbed supporting roles in the still-untitled Hilary Winston project for NBC about a woman named Agnes who plots revenge on her ex. Suvari and Howard play chemists who work with Agnes. [THR]
-“General Hospital” favorite Jonathan Jackson will play a songwriter with a bad rep on NBC’s “Nashville” pilot about up-and coming country musicians. [TVLine]