ABC is sweet on a former pop princess. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network has ordered a comedy pilot starring Mandy Moore.
Moore, who most recently appeared in several episodes of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," will headline an untitled comedy about the conflict between your real family and the one people make as adults with their close friends. Moore will play Annie, one part of a newlywed couple who run a new restaurant in Annie's hometown. The show was given a production commitment in October.
Besides "Grey's," Moore has appeared on "Scrubs" and "How I Met Your Mother." Her ABC sitcom joins a bevy of other comedy projects that the network has underway. Judy Greer and Reba McEntire, among others, all have pilots in the works at the network.
Over at NBC, according to TVLine, indie movie queen and former star of "The West Wing" Allison Janney and "Monk's" Tony Shalhoub will star in NBC's "Friday Night Dinner." The new show is based on a UK series about a quirky family who eat together every Friday. "The Office" producer Greg Daniels is on board for the pilot.
In other TV castings news ...
Jonathan Groff is joining the cast of Starz's "Boss." Groff will be a series regular when "Boss" returns for a Season 2. The recurring "Glee" guest star will also appear on "The Good Wife" this season.[EW]
"Terra Nova" star Stephen Lang has booked a new TV gig. Lang will appear in three episodes of USA Network's "In Plain Sight." He'll play the father of Mary McCormack's character. [TV Guide]