“Sons of Tucson” star Tyler Labine initially turned down a role in CBS’ pilot “True Love.” He’s changed his mind.
Labine, who also starred in The CW’s “Reaper,” will play one of the lead roles in the comedy, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Elsewhere, “Melrose Place’s” Jessica Lucas is joining an NBC comedy, and “JAG” star David James Elliott has come aboard ABC’s “Scoundrels.”
Labine was initially offered the “True Love” role in January, before “Sons of Tucson” premiered. He said no then, but now — after “Sons” has debuted and has performed only modestly in the ratings — he decided to say yes.
“True Love” centers on four people whit differeing views on love. Jason Biggs will play a guy who falls for a woman played by Minka Kelly, even though he’s in a relationship, while Labine will play Biggs’ friend, who doesn’t believe in love.
Other casting news:
– Lucas, who plays Riley Richmond on The CW’s “Melrose Place,” will be part of the enesmble in NBC’s “Friends with Benefits,” THR says. The comedy from “(500) Days of Summer” writers Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber is about five friends looking for love. The cast also includes “Dollhouse’s” Fran Kranz and “One Tree Hill’s” Danneel Harris.
– Elliott, who also starred on “Close to Home” and in NBC’s miniseries “The Storm” last summer, will replace Neal McDonough in “Scoundrels.” The show, which is set to debut in the summer, stars Virginia Madsen as the head of a family of criminals who goes straight after her husband (Elliott) is sentenced to prison.
The show is based on a New Zealand series called “Outrageous Fortune.” It’s ABC’s second crack at the show; it shot a pilot from “Veronica Mars” creator Rob Thomas a couple years ago but didn’t pick it up.
– Two other NBC comedies have also added to their casts. Nick D’Agosto (“Heroes”) has signed on to “This Little Piggy,” and Ashley Madekwe (“The Beautiful Life,” “Secret Diary of a Call Girl”) has joined Katharine McPhee in “The Pink House.”
Photo credits: FOX (Labine), The CW (Lucas)