Brooke Shields has been tapped to star in NBC’s one-hour pilot “Lipstick Jungle,” while Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz has signed on to star in Fox’s comedy pilot “Playing Chicken.”
In other pilot casting news, Kevin Daniels and Christopher Thornton have landed the two leads in NBC’s comedy “I’m With Stupid,” Eric Balfour has been cast as a lead role in CBS’ drama “Protect and Serve,” Jack Davenport and Grant Show are set to star in CBS’ drama “Swingtown,” and Xander Berkeley has been cast in NBC’s untitled Blake/Shore drama.
“Lipstick,” from NBC Universal TV Studio, is based on Candace Bushnell’s novel about three rich, power-hungry professional women in New York. Shields will play one of them, a movie studio president and a harried wife and mother of three.
Shields is coming off a strong multiepisode stint on FX’s “Nip/Tuck.” She is repped by UTA.
“Chicken,” from Warner Bros. TV and Werner-Gold-Miller, revolves around Jake (Butz), a loudmouthed conservative, and his brother Tim, an intellectual lefty, who are forced to live together after an accident leaves Jake wheelchair-bound.Broadway star
Butz won a Tony in 2005 for his role in “Dirty Little Scoundrels.”