Monday, December 07, 2009

Jerry O'Connell signs on for NBC pilot

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Jerry O'Connell is set to co-star in NBC's comedic drama pilot "Rex Is Not Your Lawyer," replacing Sendhil Ramamurthy days after the "Heroes" regular was cast in the role.

Lindsay Kraft and Cleo King also have been cast in the pilot.

"Rex" stars David Tennant as Rex Alexander, a top Chicago litigator who begins suffering panic attacks and starts to coach clients to represent themselves in court. O'Connell will play an ambitious but good-natured lawyer who was in Rex's shadow until Rex's career switch and whose friendship with Rex becomes complicated when he falls in love with his pal's fiancee (Abigail Spencer).

Kraft ("Epic Movie") plays a singer-songwriter working as Rex's assistant. King ("he Hangover") plays a no-nonsense private-school bus driver coached by Rex in her wrongful-termination case. "Rex" also co-stars comedy veterans Jane Curtin and Jeffrey Tambor.

Ramamurthy ("Heroes") withdrew from the pilot because of scheduling issues, an NBC representative said.

O'Connell recently wrapped Dimension Films' "Piranha 3-D."

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