According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kyle Chandler has been tapped to play the lead in NBC's drama pilot Friday Night Lights, based on the 2004 movie, while America Ferrera has been cast in the title role of ABC's comedy Ugly Betty, based on the popular Colombian telenovela.

Additionally, Matthew Lillard has signed on as the star of Fox's one-hour pilot 13 Graves, which feature director Dominic Sena has come on board to direct, and Jay Harrington has been cast in CBS' comedy pilot Sex Power Love & Politics.

On the pilot-pickup side, ABC has given a six-episode commitment to Touchstone Television for a comedy from According to Jim executive producer Howard J. Morris about four friends from high school who reunite unexpectedly when each hits a crossroad in their lives. Morris will write the pilot, tentatively titled In Case of Emergency, and serve as an executive produce along with Touchstone-based producer Emile Levisetti.