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Ashley Tisdale's developing a show called Hellcats.

Ashley Tisdale's developing a show called Hellcats. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Wondering which major screen stars are attached to which major TV series, now in development?

 Who the heck isn't?! (And yes, that is Ashley Tisdale above - she too is developing a fall pilot.)

 Here's a good list that came my way via Premier Talent Group, or PTG, the Studio City-based talent agency that assembled these names and while marvelling at the sheers numbers still calls this list only "non-comprehehsive."

  PTG notes: The 2010 Pilot Season has been marked by yet another strong paradigm shift in the industry. Film Stars are coming over to Pilot TV in droves. Dustin Hoffman (who
hasn’t done TV since 1967) is just one of many FILM stars or film’s leading men/women who have found their way over to Pilots.

    All of these names have been out there in the press, as the development season is fully underway; what's fun here is to just just how vast this season's crop is, and all the big names that are in the mix. 

  How to interpret this? Simply that TV is considered a particularly desirable medium in which to ply one's thespian trade; pay's good and the chance of landing another "Beaking Bad" or "Modern Family" is higher than ever before. 


Dustin Hoffman (Luck)
Dermot Mulroney (Rockford Files)
Jon Voight (Midlands)
Claire Forlani (Episodes)
Forrest Whitaker (Criminal Minds II)
Sam Shepard (Tough Trade)
Beau Bridges (Rockford Files)
Tom Selleck (Reagan’s Law)
William Shatner (Shit My Parent’s Say)
Nick Nolte (Luck)
Eugene Levy (Hitched)
Virginia Madsen (Scoundrels)
Mary Steenburgen (Southern Discomfort)
Treat Williams (Boston’s Finest)
Donnie Wahlberg (Burgess/Green)
Keri Russell (Wilde Kingdom)
Brittany Snow (Kindreds)
Kathy Bates (Kindreds)
Charles Dutton (Uncle Nigel)
Stephen Rea (Chaos)
Brian Keith (Midlands)
Janeane Garofalo (John Wells Untitled)
Scott Caan (Hawaii Five?O)
 Rob Morrow (Truth)
Robert Patrick (Edgar Floats)
 Jason Biggs (True Love)
Dennis Farina (Luck)
 Brian Dennehey (Criminal Minds II)
Adam Arkin (Who Gets the Parents)
Zeljko Ivanek (The Event)
Jason Ritter (The Event)
Ben Chaplin (Kindreds)
Swoosie Kurtz (Mike and Molly)
Carey Elwes (Tough Trade)
Neal McDonough (Scoundrels)
Lea Thompson (Uncle Nigel)
Bill Pullman (Nathan vs. Nurture)
Gary Cole (Uncle Nigel)
Ashley Tisdale (Hellcats)
Damon Wayans (Happy Endings)

And major TV stars in development...

Micheal Chiklis (No Ordinary Family)
Debra Messing (Wright vs. Wrong)
James Belushi (Defenders)
John Schneider (Back Nine)
Leah Remini (Defenders, Takes a Village)
Jimmy Smits (Wilde Kingdom)
Sarah Chalke (The Freshman)
Kristin Kreuk (Hitched)
Matt LeBlanc (Episodes)
Donald Faison (The Odds)
Blair Underwood (The Event)
Michael Imperioli (Detriot 187)
Jane Kaczmarark (Who Gets the Parents)
Jeri Ryan (Body of Evidence)
Jerry O’ Connell (Defenders/Rex is not your… )
Jean Smart (Hawaii Five?O)
Allyssa Milano (Hall Pass)
Skeet Ulrich (Untitled John Wells)
Dylan Walsh (ATF)
Jay Harrington (Nature vs. Nurture)
Ana Ortiz (True Blue)
Tom Cavanaugh (Edgar Floats)
Eric Close (Chaos)
Daniel Dae Kim (Hawaii Five?O)
Poppy Montgomery (True Blue)
Wayne Knight (No Ordinary Family)
Elisha Cuthbert (Happy Endings)
Traylor Howard (Dana Gould Project)
Kellie Giddish (Chase)
Kurtwood Smith (Hitched)
Laura Prepon (Awkward Situations for Men)
 Nicolette Sheridan (Ant Hines?Untitled)
Becki Newton (Love Bites) Katee Sackhoff
 (Richard Hatem?Untitled)
Will Arnett (Untitled Mitch Hurwitz)
 Laurie Metcalf (Strange Brew)
Jere Burns (Strange Brew)
Julie Benz (No Ordinary Family)
Christina Applegate (Hall Pass) Goran Visnjic (Boston’s
Finest)
Molly Parker (Quinn?Tuplets)
 Tony Hale (Awkward Situations for Men)
Rob Morrow (The Whole Truth)

And more interesting observations from Premier Talent Group:


Unfortunately, the days of shooting hundreds of pilots
are long gone. This paradigm shift occurred due to the
WGA strike which allowed studios/networks to restructure
how they do business in developing and producing new
shows. Shooting a pilot is a very expensive proposition,
and now the number of pilots are limited to those which
have a great chance of getting a green light or have
already been green lit for the fall season. In short,
last year there were 69 pilots and this year 83
(including pilot presentations). This year the market
will probably end up at around 65?70 real pilots shot.
So, if you calculate that there are 70 pilots being shot
this year, with an average series regular cast of 5?7
(some shows are going to as low as 4 series regulars to
save costs), we are talking between 350 and 440 ‘job
openings’ in Hollywood this pilot season for top roles.
Above, I have already listed 85 roles taken, and that
was far from an exhaustive list. To complicate things
even more, many strong series recurers and established
TV actors with heavy credits from TV shows are vying for
the 250?300 roles that are left. For example, everyone
formerly on ER has found a pilot. Finally, what I am
hearing from CDs [casting directors] is that even named
actors and VERY STRONG working actors are doing Guest
Stars on these pilots.

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