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San Giacomo to 'Grace' TNT Drama Pilot

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Laura San Giacomo has been tapped to co-star opposite Holly Hunter in TNT's drama pilot "Grace."

Leon Rippy and Bokeem Woodbine also have been cast in the project from Fox TV Studios.

In other pilot-casting news, Ty Burrell and model Brooklyn Decker round out the cast of the NBC/NBC Universal TV Studio comedy "Lipshitz Saves the World."

"Grace" centers on a jaded Oklahoma City police detective (Hunter) who is visited by an irascible angel (Rippy) and offered an opportunity to redeem her life.

San Giacomo will play Grace's best friend, a forensic scientist. Woodbine will play a death-row inmate who also can see the angel.

San Giacomo, probably best known for her role on NBC's long-running comedy series "Just Shoot Me!" will next do a multi-episode arc on the CW's "Veronica Mars." The stint will reunite San Giacomo with fellow "Just Shoot Me!" cast member Enrico Colantoni, who stars on the critically praised CW series. San Giacomo is repped by ICM and Relevant Entertainment.

Rippy, who was a series regular on HBO's "Deadwood," is currently seen opposite Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in Columbia Pictures' "Gridiron Gang." He is repped by Michael Greene at Greene & Associates Talent Agency.

Woodbine, who had a role on CBS' "City of Angels," recently did a multi-episode arc on Spike TV's "Blade: The Series." He is repped by the Gersh Agency.

The single-camera "Lipshitz" centers on a 17-year-old social outcast (Jack Carpenter) who finds out that he might be "the one" to save the world with the help of Leslie Nielsen.

Burrell will play Lipshitz's nemesis, the Man in Red, while Decker will play Lipshitz's love interest.

Burrell most recently co-starred on CBS' comedy series "Out of Practice" and was featured in the indie "Friends With Money." He next will be seen in the feature "Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus."

Burrell is repped by Endeavor and managers Estelle Lasher and Marsha McManus at Principal Entertainment.


Nellie Andreeva writes for The Hollywood Reporter.

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