By Mandi Bierly
Updated March 13, 2009 at 03:00 PM EDT
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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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