tony hale 320 Pilot season: Tony Hale put in 'Awkward Situations'“Arrested Development” and “Chuck” alumnus Tony Hale has joined the cast of ABC’s comedy pilot “Awkward Situations for Men.”

Matt Letscher (“Eli Stone,” “Brothers & Sisters”) has also signed on to the pilot, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show stars British comic/author/TV presenter Danny Wallace (“Yes Man,” “Join Me”) as a version of himself who moves to America and experiences culture shock.

It’s been a busy couple of days in pilot-land. The casting news:

Martin Henderson (“Smokin’ Aces”) will star in the Jenna Bans-written, Shonda Rhimes-produced “Off the Map,” the HR says. He’ll play one of a trio of doctors working at an isolated medical clinic. Henderson also starred in another Rhimes pilot for ABC, “Inside the Box,” last year.

– British actor Matt Ryan will be part of CBS’ “Criminal Minds” spinoff, playing a former British special forces soldier with a degree from Cambridge. Forest Whitaker is in negotiations for the lead role.

John Michael Hill, whose Broadway credits include “The Boy from Oz” and “Hairspray,” will be part of ABC’s cop drama “187 Detroit,” according to the HR. He’ll play a young detective who’s about to become a father.

And on the pickup front:

NBC has added a drama called “The Cape” and a comedy called “Outsourced” to its pilot roster.

“The Cape,” from writer Tom Wheeler (“Empire”), is a comic-book-like drama about a police officer who’s framed for a crime and takes on a secret identity in an effort to clear his name. “Outsourced” is based on the 2007 indie film of the same title about a manager who gets demoted and is sent to India to train a group of customer-service reps. “George Lopez” and “Late Show with David Letterman” veteran Robert Borden is writing the TV adaptation.

Two comedies have the green light from ABC. “How to Be a Better American” is about a man determined to make himself and his reluctant family better citizens; it’s from Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley (“Scrubs,” “MADtv”). The other project is from comedian and writer Dana Gould (“The Simpsons”), who will play a high school counselor and father to two young kids.

On cable, Maria Bello is set to star in and executive produce an HBO show called “Emergency Sex,” about aid workers in war-torn countries. Russell Crowe and “Slumdog Millionaire” writer Simon Beaufoy, who’s penning the pilot script, are also exec producers.

TBS, meanwhile, has ordered an hour-long comedy pilot called “Glory Daze” about fraternity pledges at a Wisconsin college in the 1980s. “Van Wilder” director Walt Becker and Michael LeSieur (“You, Me and Dupree”) co-wrote the script, and Becker will direct. The pilot is cast-contingent.

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