Comedic Casting Scoops: Who Will Pilot New Sitcoms?

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A trio of popular actors are ready to tickle your funny bone as the leads of three upcoming network pilots. They are...


Justin Bartha (The Hangover) will play one half of a gay couple on The New Normal, a single-camera NBC comedy from Ryan Murphy that co-stars Book of Mormon's Andrew Rannells and centers on this twosome and its surrogate mother, played by Georgia King.

Brandon Routh (Superman Returns) will also play one half of a gay couple (to Ugly Betty's Michael Urie) on CBS' Partners, a sitcom that centers on one straight (uncast) architect, Charlie, and his gay co-worker, Louis (Urie).

Sophia Bush will portray Charlie's fiancee.

Greg Grunberg (Heroes) has signed on for an untitled project on CBS that focuses on a womanizer who receives a major health care that results in him now seeing his best friend - Wendy, played by JoAnne Garcia - as the love of his life.

Grunberg will play Charlie, Wendy's downtrodden bartender of a brother.