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Pilots Land Holly, 'Mad Black Woman' Star Elise
LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) Former "Picket Fences" regular Lauren Holly and "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" star Kimberly Elise have each scored pilot roles as the casting season begins to wind down. Radio personality Phil Hendrie has also joined a project.

Holly, whose last regular TV work was on "Chicago Hope" in 1999-2000, has joined the cast of The WB's Camryn Manheim comedy, the showbiz trade papers report. The show stars "The Practice" alum Manheim as a single mother who moves to suburbia with her kids.

In addition to "Chicago Hope," Holly was also a regular on "Picket Fences" and starred in "Dumb & Dumber" and "Beautiful Girls." More recently, she's appeared in the Hallmark Channel movie "Just Desserts" and The WB's pilot "Rocky Point," which was at one time slated for midseason this year but was eventually scrapped.

 
Elise, meanwhile, will co-star in "American Crime" at CBS. The Jerry Bruckheimer-produced drama follows a female prosecutor (Jennifer Finnigan) who juggles her job and responsibilities as a new mother. Besides "Mad Black Woman," Elise's credits include "The Manchurian Candidate," "John Q" and "Bait."

L.A. radio host Hendrie, who's also done voice work on "King of the Hill" and "Futurama," has joined Sarah Alexander ("Coupling") and Justin Bartha ("Gigli") in "Fillmore Middle," a comedy about teachers at a junior high school. Hendrie filmed a pilot for NBC two years ago and had an animated project in the works at FOX last season; neither made it to series.

 
 
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