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Michael Rady Cast in Melrose Place Spinoff Pilot; Sarah Drew Cast in Inside the Box Pilot From Shonda Rhimes

More TV Casting News: Michael Rady, Sarah Drew, LL Cool J

Lindsay Price's new job wasn't the only TV casting news that's caught my eye this week. It's pilot season in Hollywood, and the jobs are coming fast and furious. Here are a few of my other favorites:

  • The CW's Melrose Place spinoff has its first cast member, and it's a good one: Michael Rady will play Jonah Miller, described as "a cute and quirky 25-year-old aspiring filmmaker who makes his living as a videographer of weddings and bar mitzvahs for the rich and famous after moving to Los Angeles with his fiancee a year ago." The Hollywood Reporter notes that the character sounds a bit like Andrew Shue's Billy from the original series — which is funny as Shue's brother-in-law, Davis Guggenheim, will be directing the Melrose pilot. Rady also plays Max on Greek and was Laurie's love interest, Doug, on Swingtown.
  • Sarah Drew, one of the people I hoped to see more of in '09, will star in the new TV-themed pilot from Shonda Rhimes, as will Eli Stone's Jason George. In Inside the Box, George will play a correspondent at a Washington news bureau, while Drew will play a newcomer at the network.
  • Wondering what LL Cool J is up to these days? Well, here's your answer: He's signed on for the proposed spinoff of NCIS, playing a former Navy Seal who now works in the undercover unit. The spinoff will begin later this season with a special episode of NCIS.
  • Always good to see the Beeper King getting work: Dean Winters, aka Dennis the Beeper King from 30 Rock, will play the father of an abducted girl in ABC's mystery pilot Happy Town.


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