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Ryan Phillippe Leaves Pilot, Justin Bartha Joins Ryan Murphy Pilot And More TV Casting News

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First Posted: 02/22/2012 6:04 pm Updated: 02/22/2012 8:08 pm

While fans are still reeling over the "Glee" winter finale, the cast of Ryan Murphy's new NBC comedy is shaping up.

Justin Bartha of "The Hangover" franchise has signed on for "The New Normal," according to The Hollywood Reporter, which revoles around a gay couple and the woman who agrees to serve as their surrogate. Bartha will play David to "The Book Of Mormon" star Andrew Rannells' Bryan as the couple looking to start a family.

Also joining the cast is Scottish actress Georgia King as Goldie, their surrogate, THR reports. Ellen Barkin is already attached to "The New Normal" as Goldie's racist grandmother on the NBC sitcom, co-created by Murphy and fellow "Glee" scribe Ali Adler.

And in more casting news ...

"Superman" alum Brandon Routh will play Michael Urie's boyfriend in "Partners" for CBS. The comedy pilot is from the minds of "Will & Grace" creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan. [TVLine]

Ryan Phillippe has dropped out of the CBS pilot he was attached to. The actor, who's currently filming a major arc on the finale season of FX's "Damages," would have starred as a cop on the Greg Berlanti project, which was previously known as "Golden Boy." [The Hollywood Reporter]

"Kings" alum Chris Egan is going Disney. The actor has landed the first role in ABC's reimagining of the classic fairy tale "Beauty and the Beast" as Gorrick, a Gaston-like character betrothed the show's leading lady, Grace. [TVLine]

Former "Oz" inmate Lee Tergesen may be back doing small screen crime. TVLine exclusively reports that Tergesen is close to signing onto ABC's drama pilot "Penoza," which is based on a Dutch series of the same name about the widow of an assassinated criminal forced to adopt her husband's role in order to protect her family. [TVLine]

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