In a slew of other casting news, Michael Cudlitz has come aboard and Benjamin McKenzie has officially joined the cast of NBC's drama pilot LAPD, Lorna Scott has joined the CW's Surviving Suburbia, Josh Stamberg has been cast in Lifetime's drama pilot Drop Dead Diva, Charlie Saxton has come aboard HBO's hourlong pilot Hung, Whitney Cummings has joined MyNetworkTV's new sketch-comedy series The Tony Rock Project, and Bella Thorne has been added to NBC's drama series My Own Worst Enemy.
On Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Polo will play a newly remarried mother whose teenage son (Marshall Altman, Prison Break) develops pedophilic feelings for his 5-year-old stepbrother. Charles plays Polo's new husband in the episode, which airs Sept. 30.
LAPD, an ensemble cop drama from John Wells Prods. and Warner Bros. TV, follows a group of officers in Los Angeles. McKenzie (The O.C.) will play Ben, a reserved rookie cop. Cudlitz (Lost) will play John, Ben's training officer.
Suburbia, from MRC, centers on Keith (Bob Saget), a misanthropic family man in suburbia trying his best to be left alone. Scott will play Monica, the meddlesome neighbor of Keith and his wife (Cynthia Stevenson).
Diva, from Sony TV, centers on Deb, a dead aspiring actress-model who is reincarnated in the body of Jane (Brooke Elliott), a chubby, brilliant attorney. Stamberg will play Jane's boss, J. Parker, a self-absorbed womanizer who is dismissive of Jane's trauma.
The dark comedy pilot Hung centers on Ray (Thomas Jane), a well-endowed struggling middle-age high school basketball coach who figures out a way to use his best asset. Saxton (The Lovely Bones) will play Damon, a fairly straight-laced and bright-eyed goth kid.
Tony Rock, which premieres Oct. 8, features the comedian observing the humorous habits of regular people. Cummings (Made of Honor) will appear in the studio alongside Rock as well as participate in man-on-the-street segments.
In The L Word, which has its final-season bow early next year, Melancon will play a new social worker in a downtown L.A. shelter in six episodes.
In Sony's Breaking Bad, Ritter will play Jane, a cool girl with an edge who is very comfortable in her own skin and able to calm Jesse (Aaron Paul) down when he spins out of control.
Enemy, from UMS, centers on Henry (Christian Slater), a mild-mannered suburban dad whose alter ego, Edward, is a suave spy. Thorne will play his daughter Ruthy, taking over the role previously held by Cierra Ramirez. The recasting follows Madchen Amick's replacing Yara Martinez as Slater's wife.