Dean Cain has been tapped to star and Tamala Jones to co-star in CBS' drama pilot Protect and Serve. The show follows the lives of street cops in suburban Los Angeles. The Hollywood Reporter says Cain will play a veteran officer, and Jones will play the wife of another cop (Steve Harris); also cast in the project as officers' wives are Jessica Pare and Victoria Cartagena.
Raquel Welch has come aboard CBS' comedy pilot The Captain, which revolves around the characters who live in an old Hollywood building; Welch will play a former TV star and bombshell.
Polly Walker has joined CBS' untitled Cynthia Cidre drama pilot, revolving around three generations of the Duques, a powerful Latin American family; Walker will play the leader of the rival Samuels family.
Paige Turco and Jessica Collins have been added to ABC's untitled Jon Feldman drama pilot; it centers on four high-powered CEOs and CEOs-to-be (Dylan McDermott, Michael Vartan, Christopher Titus, Joshua Malina) who are friends and members of the same golf club. Turco will play McDermott's character's ex-wife; Collins will play Malina's character's mistress.
Jake Busey has joined Fox's comedy pilot Playing Chicken. The show centers on two brothers at odds who come together after one (Norbert Leo Butz) is paralyzed in an accident; Busey will play a dim and laid-back guy.
JD Walsh and Josh Meyers have been cast in CBS' untitled Scott Silveri comedy pilot; it centers on a group of people, two of them played by Walsh and Meyers, who hang out at an all-night grill.
Tim Russ and Melissa McCarthy have joined ABC's comedy pilot Sam I Am, which centers on Sam (Christina Applegate), a woman with amnesia who has to rediscover her life; Jean Smart will play her self-absorbed mother. Russ will play the doorman at Sam's building, while McCarthy will play a former friend of Sam's who reappears in her life.
Sean O'Bryan has been added to Fox's comedy pilot Two Families, which revolves around two sets of adult siblings, one of them played by O'Bryan, who share the same father (Beau Bridges).
In other TV pilot news, Penn Badgley has landed a lead role on CW's drama pilot Gossip Girl and Tracy Vilar has joined the cast of NBC's comedy Wildlife.