'The Practice' Star Co-Pilots New Fox Pilot
'The Practice' Star Co-Pilots New Fox Pilot
The Practice star Kelli Williams hasn't been as successful after her run on the successful legal drama ended.  Her most recent appearances were in less successful television programs such as Medical Investigation and the recently-cancelled Men in Trees.  Now, she's been given another role, this time in an upcoming pilot to be aired on Fox.

Williams was cast as the female lead in Lie to Me, a television pilot co-produced by 20th Century Fox and Imagine Productions.  The series hopeful marks the debut of veteran British film actor Tim Roth as an American series regular.  Here, Roth plays Cal Lightman, a researcher in the field of “deception detection.”  Williams plays her colleague, Dr. Gillian Foster, who assists him on his cases.  Also cast in the pilot are Brendan Hines (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) and Monica Raymund (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit).

The 38-year-old actress was best known for her portrayal of the feisty lawyer Lindsay Dole on the ABC legal drama The Practice.  Throughout her seven-year run on the show, she was stalked by three mentally-imbalanced clients, the last of whom she was convicted with murdering.  She also had a relationship with Bobby Donnell (Dylan McDermott) but their marriage eventually led to divorce.  She was one of the actresses fired from the show in 2003 because of budget cuts.

Williams then moved on to roles in other programs, including the NBC medical drama Medical Investigation, where she played the female lead, pathology expert Dr. Natalie Durant.  She most recently played a guest role in the ABC series Men in Trees.

The pilot adds to the list of television programs with movie veterans starring as the leads.  Roth joins movie luminaries such as Glenn Close, who heads the cast of Damages, and Christian Slater, who stars in the upcoming NBC series My Own Worst Enemy.

-Henrik Batallones, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Sources: TV Guide, Zap2It
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