Does one star of "CSI: Miami" may already have a foot out the door?
With the CBS series on the bubble, Eva LaRue has joined ABC's untitled Mandy Moore comedy pilot, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Though LaRue will be a guest star in the pilot, she has an option to become a series regular should the ABC comedy move to series.
The story of the untitled pilot will be told through the perspective of Annie (Moore) and Ben, a young newlywed couple who get the opportunity to run a new restaurant in Annie's hometown, bringing her closer to her needy and high-maintenance family, including mom (Stockard Channing) and dad (Kurt Fuller).
LaRue currently plays Detective Natalia Boa Vista on the long-running "CSI" spinoff and will appear as one of Annie's sisters, Veronica, in the pilot.
Time will tell what will happen with "CSI: Miami," which, it was recently announced will see its tenth season end after 19 episodes to make room for the Robert De Niro-produced rookie cop midseason drama, "NYC 22."
In other casting news...
"The Good Wife" actress Mamie Gummer is headed to "The Big C." Gummer will appear in the third season of Showtime's dark comedy series about Cathy Jamison (Laura Linney), a suburban wife, mother, and teacher who is diagnosed with terminal cancer. [THR]
Maria Bello is getting a taste of "Touch." The former "Prime Suspect" star has been cast in Fox's series and will play the mother of a girl who shares a gift similar to Jake, the son of Kiefer Sutherland's character, Martin. [TVLine]
"SNL" alum Jenny Slate joins CBS' "Super Fun Friday Night." Slate is set to play a nerdy girl named Helen-Alice in the CBS comedy centered on four best friends who are constantly on a mission to have a "super fun" Friday night. [THR]
Ben Shankman has joined "Royal Pains." Shankman is replacing Dr. Hank on the USA medical drama as HankMed's newest hire, the socially awkward but brilliant Dr. Jeremiah Sacani. [TV Guide]
Nathan Gamble joins NBC's western drama pilot, "The Frontier." The 14-year-old actor, who appeared in "The Dark Knight" will play one of the lead roles, Samuel Hale, who heads West from Missouri with his family on a dangerous trip in the 1840s, but takes off on his own when he's haunted by dreams of a lost loved one. [THR]
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