Casting Update: ABC Family & TNT Pilots Get Lead Actors

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Casting directors for ABC Family and TNT pilots are hedging their bets on new shows. The Great State of Georgia is closest to completion, with Meagan Fay representing the last regular spot filled. ABC's latest sitcom focuses on Georgia, (played by That's So Raven's Raven Symone) a hopeful southern singer making her way in New York City.

Fay's part is Aunt Honey, a matronly southerner and the protagonist's landlady. Fay's had similar roles on How I Met Your Mother and Two and a Half Men.

TNT's project will probably be of more interest to  Screen Rant readers. The untitled pilot based on Marshall Karp's first novel The Rabbit Factory is a standard police procedural set in Hollywood. Steven Webber (Wings) and D.L. Hughley are the main cops with Blake Clark (Toy Story 3's Slinky Dog) as a father figure. Rhea Seehorn and Bradford Anderson fill out the main cast as a female medical investigator and a computer forensics expert, respectively. Allan Loeb (writer, 21 and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) will take up writing and production duties.

Both shows have an uphill battle if they're going to survive. Georgia is playing to an already over-saturated family crowd, and public perception of Raven Symone as a Disney Chanel star will make a shift to a more mature project difficult. The Allan Loeb show seems tired at best: TNT has police procedurals like Rizzoli & Isles and long-running The Closer already filling up primetime slots, and endless Law & Order reruns still get solid ratings - when up against original cable shows.

Hughley, who hasn't had any real success since his self-titled sitcom, seems a particularly odd choice. If the show is to pull ahead of the pack, it needs to draw on the dark humor of its source material (The Rabbit Factory and its sequel stories were well-received by jaded whodunit readers).

Timelines aren't nailed down, but expect to see The Great State of Georgia on ABC Family in Fall 2011 and the TNT project sometime in 2012.

Source: Deadline Hollywood

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