News Briefs: Connie Britton Is Heading to Nashville

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CASTING NEWS

... Friday Night Lights and American Horror Story star Connie Britton is returning to network television in the ABC pilot Nashville. The drama is a soap revolving around the country-music scene in Tennessee, and Britton will play an aging star who partners up with an up-and-coming teen sensation (Hayden Panettiere). But the best part is that Britton will still be able to say "Y'all" a bunch. Without A Trace's Eric Close has also joined the series, as Britton's on-screen husband. [TV Line / Deadline Hollywood]

... Sigourney Weaver is giving TV a shot in USA Network's Political Animals. The miniseries follows a former first family as they tread water in Washington. Weaver will play the former First Lady, now the Secretary of State. Already cast in the series is James Wolk (Lone Star), as her son. It's been suggested that if the miniseries does well, it could turn into a regular series, but is Weaver willing to stick around TV for that long? [THR]

... Anthony Anderson is returning to comedy after spending some time on Law & Order. The comedian will star in the NBC pilot DILFs, about new dads who have trouble acting their age. Anderson will play a stay-at-home dad with a fondness for comic books and his four kids. Jesse Bradford (Outlaw) has also joined the cast as the divorced father of an infant. [Deadline Hollywood / Deadline Hollywood]

... Carrie-Anne Moss will star in CBS's untitled drama about real-life hero Ralph Lamb. The show is putting together a pretty sweet cast: Moss joins Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis in the story following a rodeo-cowboy-turned-sheriff in 1960s Las Vegas. She'll play an Assistant District Attorney to Quaid's Lamb and Chicklis's mob boss. Definitely one of the best casts assembled this pilot season. [Deadline Hollywood]

... ABC's spicy drama pilot Devious Maid has picked up another hottie. Brianna Brown has joined the show, from Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry, about four Latina maids working in Beverly Hills. Brown will play a trophy wife to one of the maids' clients. You'll remember Brown as Carrie's escort friend from Homeland. Your housewife neighbor will know her as Dr. Lisa Niles from General Hospital. [THR]

... Apparently The Bachelor has asked Denver Broncos quarterback to be its next piece of man-meat. Not gonna happen, obviously. [Access Hollywood]

... The Terra Nova exodus has already begun! A day after the show was canceled by Fox, actress Christine Adams (who played Sixer Mira) has found a new job. She'll star in ABC's drama pilot Americana, a soap set in the fashion industry. This isn't to be confused with the soap set in the country-music scene, the soap centered around an 1895 hotel, the soap about a woman who opens a boutique, or the soap based on Beauty and the Beast. [THR]


BILLIONAIRE ROBOT NEWS

... Remember Watson? You know, the computer IBM created that kicked butt on Jeopardy!? Well he's sold his soul and will now crunch numbers for Citigroup on Wall Street. Ugh. Why not work for a non-profit, robo-dude? [The Atlantic Wire]


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