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