Daily for 3-1-2011

Ed Burns is on board to star in the half-hour HBO pilot, tentatively titled 40, that will focus on a group of male friends navigating life in a slightly older age bracket with Entourage creator Doug Ellin.

Leslie Bibb will star in ABC’s Good Christian Bitches pilot. The show follows Amanda (Bibb), once the ultimate “mean girl” in high school, who returns home to Dallas after her marriage ends in scandal only to become the center of salacious gossip from the community’s churchgoing wives.

Rachelle Lefevre has been tapped as the female lead in the NBC drama pilot The Crossing, a post-Civil War Reconstruction piece set in Missouri.

Comedy Central’s Daily Show was tops in the ratings for the month of February in all key categories, again topping all other late-night series including TBS’ Conan. More

Stephen Tobolowsky has been cast in the CBS pilot Hail Mary. The show centers on a single mom who teams up with a hustler to solve crimes.

Emily Rutherford has been cast in the CBS comedy pilot The Assistants, a comedy that revolves around the four assistants of a celebrity couple.

EW has learned exclusively that sultry Mad Men star Christina Hendricks and her actor husband Geoffrey Arend recently taped the second episode of Top Chef Masters‘ upcoming third season.

Stage actor Mark Povinelli has been cast in the Warner Bros. Television pilot Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea.

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