According to The Hollywood Reporter, former Dawson's Creek star Joshua Jackson is returning to series television with a starring role in a CBS drama pilot from CSI maven Carol Mendelsohn.

Meanwhile, Anthony Stewart Head, alum of another signature WB series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, has landed the lead in Him & Us, ABC's comedy pilot inspired by the life of Elton John.

Behind the camera, The Matador writer-director Richard Shepard has come on board to direct ABC's drama pilot Ugly Betty. On the pilot pickup front, Fox has greenlighted a drama from executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer, while ABC has given a cast-contingent order to a comedy from former Friends co-showrunner Shana Goldberg-Meehan.

Brian B.