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Who says TV’s casting process can’t be as exciting as the hunt for film stars? Andrew Garfield may have comic book fans salivating over Marc Webb’s do-over of Spider-Man for Sony but the broadcast networks have been just as successful at drumming up interest in Wonder Woman (we’ll never tire of linking photos of Friday Night Lights’ looker Adrianne Palicki).

Many of the actors who’ve already booked pilots over the last two months may not even make the cut for fall, but the current crop of prospective fall stars has already upstaged most of the starpower in primetime this year. (Oh Undercover hotties Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, we hardly Googled ye.) Granted, high-profile reboots of classic TV shows like Charlie’s Angels and Prime Suspect have generated huge interest in this year’s pilot process. But several film stars also agreed to small-screen roles for fall 2011, which also ups the ante for the 2011-12 season. Now if only Ashley Judd (who’s in talks for an ABC pilot called Missing) would commit, as well as Christina Applegate, Greg Kinnear, Heather Locklear and Will Arnett — stars the networks are still circling.

  • Patrick Wilson (CBS; unnamed medical pilot about an ultra-competitive surgeon)
  • Christina Ricci — in talks (ABC, Pan Am, a drama pilot about stewardesses and pilots during the jet-set age)
  • Kiefer Sutherland (Fox’s Touch, a drama from Heroes’ Tim Kring about a dad whose autistic son can predict events before they happen)
  • Minnie Driver (CBS’ Hail Mary, about a suburban single mom who teams up with a street-smart hustler to solve crimes)
  • Kat Dennings (CBS’ Two Broke Girls, a multi-camera comedy about two girls without many resources who live in NYC)
  • Jason Isaacs (NBC’s REM, a procedural hybrid which follows the simultaneous and parallel lives of a detective who can not let go of any aspect of his fractured family after a horrible car accident)
  • Tim Allen (ABC’s untitled Jack Burditt family comedy pilot)
  • Maria Bello (NBC’s reboot of Prime Suspect)
  • Leelee Sobieski (CBS’ Rookies, about six NYPD rookies balance their personal lives with learning the beat on the streets of Manhattan)
  • Minka Kelly, Rachael Taylor, Annie Ilonzeh (ABC’s reboot of Charlie’s Angels)
  • Adrianne Palicki (NBC’s reboot of Wonder Woman)
  • James Van Der Beek (ABC’s Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apt. 23, about a naive young woman who comes to New York City and ends up with a trouble-making party-girl roommate)
  • Laura Prepon (NBC’s Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea, inspired by Chelsea Handler’s best-selling memoir that will focus on the lives of a group of 20-somethings who live and work together with a very outspoken young woman)
  • Ioan Gruffudd (CBS’ Ringer, a drama about a troubled young woman who hides out by inhabiting the life of her wealthy twin sister, until she learns that her twin’s life has a bounty on it as well)
  • Rachel Bilson (CW’s Hart of Dixie, about a young New York City doctor who inherits a medical practice in a small Southern town inhabited by an eclectic and eccentric group of character)
  • Rob Riggle (CBS’ comedy Home Game, about a retired NFL player who returns home to his wife and daughters)
  • Zooey Deschanel (Fox’s Chicks, an ensemble comedy about the sexual politics of young men and women)
  • Amanda Peet (NBC’s Bent, a comedy about a recently divorced Type-A single mom who tries hard not to fall for the sexy surfer dude contractor she hires to re-do her kitchen)
  • Ethan Hawke (Fox’s Exit Strategy, about a leader of a team of experts who help the CIA with extractions)
  • Debra Messing (NBC musical drama Smash, which follows a cross-section of characters who come together for the exhilarating ride of putting on a Broadway musical)
  • Krysten Ritter (Don’t Trust the Bitch)
  • Amber Heard (NBC’s Playboy, a drama set in the 1960s that takes a look at the lives of Playboy bunnies)
  • Rob Corddry (Fox’s Little in Common, a comedy about three families united through their kids’ little league sports)
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar (CBS’ Ringer)
  • Rob Schneider (CBS’ untitled comedy about a confirmed bachelor who has just married into a tight-knit Mexican-American family)