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Mandy Moore Joins 'The Advocates' For CBS And More Pilot News

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Mandy Moore switches from ABC comedy to CBS drama. | Getty Images

After exiting ABC's comedy pilot, "Pulling," Mandy Moore has joined CBS' legal drama "The Advocates," according to Deadline.

Moore will reportedly play the female lead opposite "Southland's" Ben McKenzie. The pilot centers around "lawyer Shannon Carter (Moore) and ex-con Henry Bird (McKenzie) who team up as 'victim advocates,' going to the very edge of the law to right wrongs and fight for the underdog."

Moore was replaced in "Pulling" by Jenny Slate, and the actress told TV Guide that as the producers "moved the character in a different direction, it was clear this wasn't right for me. Rather than jeopardize the show, I asked to step aside."

In other pilot news ...

The CW's "Reign" casts Nostradamus. Rossif Sutherland has joined the pilot focused on the untold history of Mary, Queen of Scots. Sutherland will play the infamous Nostradamus, Mary's "wizard prophet." [The Hollywood Reporter]

Ang Lee comes to TV. The Oscar-winning director will helm his first pilot for FX, titled "Tyrant." It's described as “the story of an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation." [EW]

Two stars board TNT drama "Murder in the First." Taye Diggs and Kathleen Robertson will star as "Terry Seagrave, a homicide detective who is dealing with his wife's terminal illness," and "Hildy Mulligan, Terry's partner, who is described as self-assured and sexy without knowing it," respectively. [THR]

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