Derek Luke, Guillermo Diaz, Jamey Sheridan, Christina Cole join pilots

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Derek Luke joins TV rotation in NBC's 'Trauma'
Medical procedural centers on team of EMTs
By Nellie Andreeva

Film actor Derek Luke is making his foray into television with a
starring role on NBC's drama pilot "Trauma."

Kevin Rankin also is set and Cliff Curtis and Jamey Sheridan are in
negotiations to join him on the UMS-produced project, a medical
procedural about a team of EMTs.

Meanwhile, Guillermo Diaz has joined NBC/UMS's other medical drama
pilot, "Mercy."

Luke will play a stoic trauma doctor who tries to be a good family

Curtis ("Live Free or Die Hard") would play a genius surgeon and
adrenaline junkie who travels by helicopter.

"Law & Order: Criminal Intent" alum Sheridan would play an intuitive
doctor who runs the trauma center.

Rankin ("Friday Night Lights") will play a paramedic who drives the
fire department truck.

Luke, who broke out as the title character in "Antwone Fisher,"
recently starred in "Notorious," in which he portrayed Sean Combs, and
in onscreen in Tyler Perry's "Madea Goes to Jail."

He is repped by WMA, Untitled and attorney Matt Johnson.

"Mercy" is a comedic drama about three nurses bound together in
friendship. Diaz ("Weeds") will play a male nurse working with them.
He is with Innovative and managers Meghan Schumacher and Jill McGrath.

Christina Cole set to star in Fox drama pilot
Cole Hauser lands role in CBS' 'Washington Field'
By Nellie Andreeva

After an extensive search, British actress Christina Cole has landed
the lead in Fox's untitled Ian Biederman project.

Meanwhile, Cole Hauser is set to lead the cast of CBS' drama
"Washington Field."

Additionally, Michael Nouri has been cast in ABC's drama pilot "Empire
State," and Anthony Carrigan, Michelle Borth, Bob Stephenson and
Rochelle Aytes have joined ABC's untitled Jerry Bruckheimer drama

The Biederman project -- from 20th, Imagine, creator Biederman and
director Stephen Hopkins -- centers on a brilliant female surgeon
(Cole) who endures adult-onset schizophrenia and thrives.

Cole, 26, who has mostly appeared on British TV, is the second young
U.K. actress to topline a drama pilot this season; Charity Wakefield
stars in David E. Kelley's NBC dramedy "Legally Mad."

"Washington Field," from CBS Par, writer Ed Bernero and director Jon
Cassar, revolves around an elite FBI team that handles crises around
the world.

Hauser, who recently starred on "K-Ville" and "The Family That Preys,"
will play the squad's supervisor. He is repped by Paradigm.

The Romeo and Juliet drama "Empire State," from ABC Studios, centers
on a blue-collar young man falling in love with a wealthy girl. Nouri
("Invincible") will play the girl's father.

The Bruckheimer project (formerly "The Unknown") from WBTV, is a
mystery show about amateur detectives. Gersh-repped Carrigan will play
a troubled artist recruited for his talent of facial reconstruction.
Borth ("Tell Me You Love Me") will play a member of the team who has
an office day job. Stephenson ("Jericho") will play another member of
the team, a phone company worker. Aytes ("Drive") will play a tough
police detective.
For context, Cole was the (original) lead of BBC's "Hex".

Ian  (But, Egads! the premise of this show sounds idiotic!)