03/02/2012 08:31 am ET

Leah Remini Joins 'White Man Van' And More Casting News

Leah Remini is returning to sitcoms.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the former "King of Queens" star and ousted "Talk" host will star in "White Van Man," opposite J.K. Simmons and Kyle Bornheimer in the comedy based on the UK series "Van."

The show revolves around Bornheimer's character who is forced to take over the handyman business from his father, Tony, played by Simmons. Remini will play Tony's sister, Terry.

In other casting news ...
"Heroes" star Hayden Panettiere is heading to "Nashville." Panettiere will play Juliette Barnes, a rising teen singing sensation. [TVLine]

Minnie Driver is taking another stab at TV. The "Riches" actress will star in "Lady Friends" opposite Rachel Dratch and Andrea Anders. [TVLine]

"Friday Night Lights" star Matt Lauria has joined ABC's "Gilded Lilys." In the period drama, Lauria will play Charlie, the nephew of Andrew Carnegie opposite Matt Long and Blythe Danner. [THR]

"Breaking Bad" actress Tess Harper is bringing some mystery to "Revenge." Harper will play Carol Miller, a former corporate secretary who has a complicated past. [TV Guide]

Amy Smart is heading to prison. In NBC's adaptation of the UK series "Bad Girls," Smart will star as a woman who gets busted for stealing and using a friend's credit card. [TVLine]

ABC has found its "Beauty." Ruth Bradley will play Grace, the female lead opposite Darius Campbell in the reimainging of "Beauty and the Beast." [TVLine]