A roundup of the latest pilot news, including a drama pickup at NBC and some casting notes from several networks, including a “Lost” alumnus getting a new gig.
– NBC has given the green light to “Revolution,” a thriller written by “Supernatural” creator Eric Kripke and executive produced by J.J. Abrams. It takes place in a post-apocalyptic America where all technology — from light bulbs to iPads — has failed. [Hollywood Reporter]
– Former “Battlestar Galactica” star Jamie Bamber has joined the cast of “Chelsea General,” a medical drama in development at TNT. He’ll play a neurosurgeon alongside Jennifer Finnigan in the show, which comes from David E. Kelley and is based on a forthcoming novel by CNN regular Dr. Sanjay Gupta. [Deadline]
– Andre Braugher will star in the ABC drama “Last Resort,” executive produced by “The Shield” and “The Chicago Code” creator Shawn Ryan. He’ll play the captain of a nuclear sub whose crew becomes fugitives after disobeying an order, then declare themselves an independent nation. [Deadline]
– In other casting news, Ken Leung of “Lost” and comic Tig Notaro have signed on to the Sarah Silverman comedy pilot at NBC. Leung will play Sarah’s neighbor and potential love interest, while Notaro will play an acquaintance of Sarah’s. [TVLine]
– The “Munsters” reboot from “Pushing Daisies” creator Bryan Fuller has changed its name to “Mockingbird Lane,” and it will also do away with the exaggerated monster makeup that was a hallmark of the 1960s comedy. So basically, it’s not “The Munsters.” [EW]
– ABC has added two comedies to its roster: “Malibu Country,” starring Reba McEntire as a woman who moves her family to a tiny Malibu house after her rock-star husband divorces her; and “Prairie Dogs” from “That ’70s Show” veterans Jackie and Jeff Filgo, about a cubicle drone who tracks down the guy who stole his identity and is living a much more exciting life with it. [Deadline]