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Alexis Bledel To Star In 'Friends And Family' Alongside Jason Ritter And More Pilot News

Mar 04, 2013 | Updated Sep 27, 2013

Rory Gilmore could be heading back to our screens this fall. Alexis Bledel has been cast alongside Jason Ritter in Fox's new comedy pilot, "Friends & Family," based on the UK series "Gavin and Stacey."

According to Deadline, Bledel will play Stacey to Ritter's Gavin. If the pilot is picked up to series, it will focus on the important moments in the couple's relationship and the difficulties they encounter "while combining their polarizing families’ lives."

Interestingly, Ritter just completed a stint on "Parenthood," playing the fiance of Bledel's on-screen "Gilmore Girls" mom, Lauren Graham. Fast-talking brunettes are obviously his type.

In other pilot casting news ...

TBS' "Do It Yourself" gets Awesome. Ryan McPartlin -- who played Captain Awesome on NBC's "Chuck" -- has joined the comedy pilot, which is set in a home improvement store called Home Time. McPartlin will play Tyler, "an enthusiastic employee of the paint department, where he gives several demonstrations a week. Tyler considers himself an actor and an artist, and really throws himself into his 'shows.'" [TVLine]

James Cromwell joins "Betrayal." The "American Horror Story" alum will appear in the ABC drama about a married female photographer, Sara, who begins an affair with Jack, the legal counsel for a influential Chicago family -- only to discover that he's representing a suspect that her husband is prosecuting for murder. Cromwell will play Terence Karsten, the head of said powerful family and father-in-law to Jack. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Scoot McNairy joins Lee Pace's AMC pilot. The actor will play an engineer in AMC's "Halt and Catch Fire" about the tech boom in the early '80s. His character, Gordon Clark, is described as "an everyman who put his brilliance on the shelf because of the failure of his own bold business endeavor several years ago. He took a big chance but it crashed and burned; it’s left him frustrated, unsure of himself, and unfulfilled." [TVLine]

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