Dylan McDermott Joins 'Hostages' And More Pilot News

02/13/2013 08:09 pm ET | Updated Feb 14, 2013

The CBS pilot, which is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and already has Toni Collette attached, follows a Washington, D.C. family caught in the middle of a massive political conspiracy.

On "Hostages" (based on an Israeli series), Collette's role is the matriarch Ellen, a surgeon who's forced to save her family's lives, and McDermott will play Duncan, "a righteous FBI agent at the center of said conspiracy whose role will come as a surprise," according to TVLine.

Should the pilot get picked up to series, it's possible McDermott won't be able to stop by the upcoming season of "American Horror Story," which has alumni Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Frances McDormand and Taissa Farmiga attached.

In more pilot news ...

Another member of "The Vampire Diaries" is moving to "The Originals." Claire Holt, who plays Rebekah on the CW series, has joined the hit show's spinoff pilot. Holt will bring her character to New Orleans along with her only surviving TV brothers Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Eljah (Daniel Gillies). "The Originals" will be introduced in the April 25 episode of "The Vampire Diaries." [Deadline]

KaDee Strickland is "Bloodline"-bound. The former "Private Practice" star has been tapped to headline the NBC thriller pilot, which revolves around the orphaned Bird Benson (Skyler Samuels), who's caught between two warring families. Bird must find and defeat her mother Stella Killpriest, who Strickland will portray. The character is described as "a loose cannon with an epic attachment disorder who is one of the twin pillars of the series." "Breaking Bad" alum Jonathan Banks has signed on to play Stella's father. [The Hollywood Reporter]

"Joe, Joe and Jane" has found its second Joe. Will Greenberg joins the NBC multi-cam sitcom pilot, written by Joe Port and Joe Wiseman, as Joe Waxman, an author caught in an ongoing war between his wife Jane (Sally Pressman) and his ladies man best friend Joe Dougan ("ave Annable). Lauren Lapkus and Asif Ali have also joined the pilot’s ensemble as Melissa and Matt respectively. [TVLine]

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