March 13, 2009 at 03:00 PM EDT

Just catching up on my pilot casting news, and buried deep within this Hollywood Reporter item, below names like Miranda Otto (attached to the CBS drama A Marriage) and Billy Zane (more on him in a bit), was a sentence that made me squeal: “Also set in a lead role is Anna Chlumsky, who plays an aide to the Speaker of the House.” My Girl! It’s like I felt a motherly pride — even though Chlumsky’s, like, five years younger than I am. Her CBS pilot, House Rules, revolves around a freshman class of Congress. Zoe McLellan, Dirty Sexy Money‘s Lisa George, has also been cast as a quick-witted congresswoman.

As for Zane, his untitled ABC pilot finds him playing a managing partner at a Los Angeles law firm. Could this be the network trying to fill the creepy-sexy void left by the loss of Boston Legal‘s James Spader?

Also noteworthy, to me at least, was the mention of British Coupling‘s Jeff, Richard Coyle, joining Jeremy Northam in the CBS drama Miami Trauma. That hospital is actually starting to sound interesting.

After the jump, more of our pilot season coverage.

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More on pilot season:
Jason Dohring, Minka Kelly cast in the CW pilot ‘Body Politic’ (Double entendre?)
Jeremy Northam to play doctor on CBS pilot (and other casting news)
Sarah Michelle Gellar’s siblings cast for HBO pilot: We’re liking the family
Melissa Leo signs on for David Simon’s HBO pilot, Treme
Pilot season: Is The CW hosting a ‘Degrassi’ reunion?
Scott Wolf, Michael O’Keefe tapped for pilots
Geoff Stults, Michael Vartan returning to TV. Squeee!
‘Hot Girls in Scary Places’
ABC in business with Courteney Cox, Kelsey Grammer, Cedric the Entertainer
Cybill Shepherd on Lifetime? Yes!
More CBS procedurals, more slackers
Twilight for television: The CW orders pilot for Vampire Diaries
Kristen Johnston: The scoop on her Absolutely Fabulous return to TV
CBS orders more than procedurals after all
CBS plans arranged-marriage reality show. Discuss.
Bruckheimer, star-crossed lovers, and ‘Fame’ comparisons
CBS plans arranged-marriage reality show. Discuss.
ABC likes Lauren Graham, CBS more procedurals!
Grade the latest orders, including ‘Parenthood’
Grade the latest orders, including one from Shonda Rhimes and a detective show with an 11-year-old genius 
V and Lost in the ’80s a go
Ab Fab import and Witches of Eastwick-based drama a go
Grade Fox’s latest orders

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