David 26 Feb 2009 http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/television/news/e3i205e36d6d9755053c443dd6ae8212469 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 man. 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. ********** http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/television/news/e3iaeb1c24de37000acf70cd1aa388c4dcc 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 pilot. 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.