HOLLIS AND RAE (ABC) - Laura Harris ("Dead Like Me") and Jaime Ray Newman ("Stargate: Atlantis") have been tapped for the lead roles in the drama pilot, about two 30-year-old female best friends, a detective and a prosecuting attorney, who tackle criminal cases in a small southern town. The former character, Hollis Chandler, is described in the casting notice as: "28-32, a strong-minded prosecuting attorney, attractive and bright. Hollis is a no-frills Southern gal, divorced, with no intention of marrying again. Honest, principled, with a droll sense of humor and a disdain for any formal restraints, Hollis clearly enjoys her life, takes pride in her work and cherishes her friendship with Rae. Speaks With A Southern Accent." The latter, Rae Devereaux, then is detailed as: "28-32, a Southern belle, attractive, intelligent and forthright. Rae is a homicide detective, Hollis' long-time best friend. Clearly married to her work, she's making plans to tie the knot, but her hesitation to make the big commitment is palpable. There's a quirky energy about Rae, an eagerness to experience life before settling down. Speaks With A Southern Accent."
Also joining the cast is Frank Grillo ("Prison Break") as Henry Callaway: "30-45. Rae's partner, this homicide detective is attractive, thorough, matter of fact, and maybe the only person in the story who doesn't speak with a Southern accent. A Yankee transplant, he's still trying to navigate the territory, something of a foreigner in Savannah, Georgia. Good at his job, he is clearly intrigued by Rae; and his good looks are not lost on her. Speaks With A Southern Accent." Callie Khouri ("Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood") is behind the Touchstone Television/Bochco Productions-based hour, which she'll direct from her own script. Khouri and Steven Bochco then will serve as executive producers with Dayna Bochco producing. Production is set to begin this spring in Savannah, Georgia.