From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
One week from today cameras roll in Pittsburgh on the CBS pilot “Three Rivers,” a medical drama about transplant surgeons, donors and recipients. Although we know a few of the supporting cast members, CBS has yet to announce much else about the project.
Veteran director Daniel Attias (“Big Love,” “The Wire”) will direct the pilot, but who will star in the show?
The first rumor I heard was actress Rene Russo. It’s an interesting notion and would fit the CBS pattern of taking people who were once movie stars and giving them series (see: James Woods in “Shark”). Russo hasn’t made a movie since 2005, per IMDB.com, so she could be ripe for a CBS series.
The more recent rumor is that former “Moonlight” star Alex O’Loughlin is slated for a leading role (H/T Dorothy). This also makes some sense because O’Loughlin had (has?) a talent holding deal with CBS after “Moonlight” was canceled and CBS executives were eager to get him in a new show because they believed the rabid fan interest in “Moonlight” was “actor-centric.”
CBS had no comment on any of these rumors Friday and wasn’t prepared to make any announcements. But it’s worth noting that just because a piece of casting sounds believable doesn’t mean that it is going to come to pass.
As for “Three Rivers” locations, those also remain a mystery (and not just to me). And still no word on extras casting either. None of this uncertainty is particularly unusual in the pilot process. It’s a typically chaotic time in TV production. I imagine we’ll learn more about casting later this week.