Peter Krause has signed on as the lead in ABC's drama pilot Dirty Sexy Money, playing an idealistic lawyer who inherits the job of representing a powerful and ethically flexible family after his father dies.
Krause was one of the most sought-after actors this pilot season. The Six Feet Under star most recently starred in the Sci Fi Channel miniseries The Lost Room.
Also at ABC, Miranda Otto is set to star in Cashmere Mafia, a pilot about four successful female executives. Otto will play a top marketing executive for a cosmetics giant. Her feature credits include War of the Worlds and Flight of the Phoenix.
Meanwhile, Kim Raver (24) will star in another pilot about a group of powerful New York women, NBC's Lipstick Jungle, which revolves around a trio of power-hungry rich women. Raver will play the glamorous editor-in-chief of pop-culture bible Bonfire magazine.Read more
Oscar winner Anna Paquin is making her first foray into series television as the lead in True Blood, an HBO drama pilot from the creator of Six Feet Under.
Ryan Kwanten and Sam Trammell have also been cast in the project, which Alan Ball wrote and is set to direct and executive produce.
Based on the Southern Vampire book series by Charlaine Harris, True Blood takes place in a world in which vampires can buy Japanese-made synthetic blood. Their integration into a small Louisiana town causes quite a stir, and a love story ensues between a vampire and Sookie Stackhouse (Paquin), an innocent waitress who can read people's minds.
Kwanten will play the waitress' brother. Trammell will play the owner of the restaurant where she works.
Paquin's upcoming credits include the films Margaret and Blue State, as well as HBO's Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. She ...Read more
Lifetime Television has given a series pickup to the Lili Taylor drama State of Mind, which is set to debut in the summer.
State of Mind is described as a quirky, comedic drama series about a brilliant take-charge therapist (Taylor) whose personal problems rival those of her eclectic and offbeat patients.
The ensemble cast also includes Derek Riddell, Mido Hamada, Kevin Chamberlin, Lolita Davidovich, and Devon Gummersall. The pilot was written by author and practicing psychotherapist Amy Bloom. Taylor's credits include HBO's Six Feet Under and the 1996 feature I Shot Andy Warhol.
The series becomes the second new drama to be ordered for 2007, after Army Wives, whose launch has been delayed to June from March, both for competitive reasons and to allow more time to launch the show properly. Army Wives features an ensemble cast including Kim Delaney and Catherine Bell.Read more
Former Six Feet Under actress Lauren Ambrose is set to play Parker Posey's younger sister in Fox's comedy pilot The Return of Jezebel James.
Posey plays a single book editor who can't conceive and asks her estranged sister to carry her baby.
Ambrose received two Emmy nominations for her work as Claire Fisher in HBO's Six Feet Under. Her other TV credits include Law & Order and Party of Five.
Rachel Griffiths, Golden Globe-winning actress, has given birth to her second child.
The Six Feet Under star, who has also appeared on the big screen in Muriel's Wedding, Blow, My Best Friend's Wedding, and more, welcomed an 8- pound girl into her family on Thursday, June 23. Griffiths' publicist has confirmed that both mother and daughter are healthy and "extremely happy."
Griffiths and her husband, Andrew Taylor, married on New Year's Eve in 2002. The moonlit ceremony took place in the couple's hometown of Melbourne, Australia. Griffiths and Taylor had their first child, a son named Banjo Patrick, slightly less than a year later.
The new baby's name will not be revealed until next week.