02/15/2013 04:29 pm ET

Kyle Chandler Joins 'Vatican' Pilot At Showtime And More Pilot News

Kyle Chandler is eying a return to TV with "Vatican," Showtime's new pilot.

The "Friday Night Lights" alum will play Cardinal Thomas Duffy, the Archbishop of New York, Showtime announced. Chandler's character is described as progressive, which alarms some in the Catholic Church. The actor joins Matthew Goode and Sebastian Koch, who've also signed on for the "Vatican" pilot, which Ridley Scott is attached to direct with a script from Paul Attansio.

“Kyle Chandler is one of the most talented and sought-after actors working today, and was a fantastic creative partner through five seasons of 'Friday Night Lights,'" David Nevins, president of entertainment at Showtime, said in a statement. "With Kyle, Matthew Goode and Sebastian Koch, Ridley and Paul have put together a powerhouse cast to anchor this incredibly timely show."

In other pilot news ...

Miranda Cosgrove has been cast in "Girlfriend In A Coma." The "iCarly" star joins the NBC pilot as Evie, a "small-town overachieving loner and the daughter of Christina Ricci's character. [THR]

Humphrey Kerr will star in NBC's "Holding Patterns."
The actor will play one of a group of friends whose lives change after surviving a plane crash. []

Quinn Shephard has joined "Hostages."
The actress will play the teen daughter of Dylan McDermott and Toni Collette's lead characters. []

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