TV Casting: Michael Emerson is a PERSON OF INTEREST, Maria Bello is a PRIME SUSPECT, and James Van Der Beek Playing Himself in New Pilot

     February 17, 2011

Michael Emerson is a PERSON OF INTEREST, Maria Bello is a PRIME SUSPECT, and James Van Der Beek

Though we’d heard J.J. Abrams was looking to reunite Lost stars Michael Emerson and Terry O’Quinn with Odd Jobs, the series has apparently been pushed back until the next development season in 2012. However, it looks like Emerson will still be working with Abrams this season as Deadline reports the actor will lead Bad Robot’s drama Person of Interest which has been set up at CBS. The proposed series is said to follow an ex-CIA agent, presumed dead, who teams up with a mysterious billionaire (Emerson) to prevent violent crimes in New York City. David Semel (Heroes) will direct the pilot which we’ll hopefully be seeing later this year.

For news on other TV casting with James Van Der Beek and Maria Bello, hit the jump.

Maria BelloTHR has word on Maria Bello to lead Prime Suspect, the remake of the British crime drama series of the same name. We just recently heard the series had been resurrected after falling apart last year due to a lack of talented enough actresses willing and able to live up to the character originated by the great Helen Mirren. This time around Peter Berg (Hancock) is slated to direct the pilot which will kick-off the potential series about Detective Inspector Jane Tennison and her exploits fighting crime and corruption. Bello hasn’t been a TV regular since appearing in one season of ER, but she guest starred in a couple episodes of Law & Order: SVU last year. It’ll be interesting to see if she can live up to Mirren’s acclaimed performance.

Finally The Wrap has word on a new project that will see Dawson’s Creek star James Van Der Beek playing himself on television. In an ABC comedy pilot currently titled Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apt. 23, the series would follow Dreama Walker as an earnest small-town girl who’s forced to move in with party girl Chloe (Krysten Ritter of Breaking Bad) who happens to be best friends with Van Der Beek. The actor follows in the footsteps of actors like Matt LeBlanc (Episodes) and Jerry Seinfeld (for Seinfeld obviously) who are playing versions of themselves on TV shows. I guess it’s better than Celebrity Apprentice.