Jason Lee to star in CBS pilot ‘Second Sight,’ network finds its ‘Bad Teacher’

By Daniel Levine,

CBS was busy filling lead roles in several pilots on Tuesday. My Name Is Earl’s Jason Lee nabbed the lead role in a new, offbeat cop drama, while Sopranos actress Ari Graynor was cast as the titular Bad Teacher. The network also added a new cast member for Under The Dome.

According to Deadline, Lee will star in Second Sight, which is based on a British series that starred Clive Owen. CBS’ version is being developed by Michael Cuesta and Carol Mendelsohn and centers on a New Orleans detective who has hallucinations thanks to an ocular disorder. His doctor tells him to think about the side effects in a positive light.

Lee played a cop in his last regular series gig, TNT’s short-lived Memphis Beat. He was last on TV in a recurring role in NBC’s Up All Night.

Entertainment Weekly confirmed that Graynor, who also starred on episodes of Fringe, will play the lead role in Bad Teacher, a comedy pilot based on Cameron Diaz’s 2011 film. Like Diaz’s character, Graynor will become a teacher in the hopes of taking advantage of rich single dads who teach at a high school. Hilary Winston (Community) created the series.

In other CBS casting news, EW reports that Rachelle Lefevre (A Gifted Man) has the lead female role in Under the Dome, a series airing this summer. She’ll join Mike Vogel and Dean Norris.

Tate Donovan, who currently stars in NBC’s Deception, was cast in Hostages.

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