By Michael Schneider
HOLLYWOOD (Variety) – Fashionista Isaac Mizrahi has zipped up a role in the ABC comedy pilot “Born in Brooklyn”, while “Home Improvement” heartthrob Jonathan Taylor Thomas will lead Fox’s low-budget drama pilot “American Soap.”
Those were two of the latest castings making the rounds Thursday as the networks inched further along this pilot season. Mizrahi will play Harry Hellems, a publicist and the gay best friend of series star Maria Bello.
Besides his fashion designs, Mizrahi is probably best known for the 1995 documentary about his life, “Unzipped”. Mizrahi also appeared in the Woody Allen films “Small Time Crooks” and “Celebrity.”
Tamara Taylor (“Introducing Dorothy Dandridge”, “Party of Five”) has also joined “Born in Brooklyn” as Bettina, a co-worker to Bello’s character.
Meanwhile, Thomas has hopped aboard “American Soap” as Rafe Williams, a college freshman who figures out the school’s dark secrets. Besides “Home Improvement”, the Harvard freshman also recently starred in the Showtime film “Common Ground”.