SJP Signs Three

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Byline: Robyn-Denise Yourse, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

SJP signs three

Meet The Washingtoniennes.

Rachael Taylor, Amanda Walsh and Quarterlife star Bitsie Tulloch have landed the female leads in HBO's comedy pilot from Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker, the Hollywood Reporter notes.

Based on the semiautobiographical book by Jessica Cutler about the sexploits of a low-level female congressional staffer with powerful men on Capitol Hill, Washingtoniennes revolves around the professional and personal lives of three smart, sophisticated 28-year-old women working in the corridors of power.

At the center is Jackie (Miss Taylor), a recent transplant from New York who has decided to pursue a career as a speechwriter but first must work her way up from the intern desk. Her mentor in the ways of Washington is her old college friend, April (Miss Tulloch), who has been on the Hill since graduation and lives a prematurely middle-aged lifestyle with a boyfriend who seems more in love with his flashy senator boss than with her.

Finally, there's Laura (Miss Walsh), a small-town girl whose workaholic ways often come at the expense of a social life - and who is constantly defending her Republican views to her liberal friends.

Also cast in the pilot - produced by HBO in association with Miss Parker's Pretty Matches Productions - is David Furr as April's boyfriend, Tom, an aide to a charismatic senator.

Susanna Fogel and Joni Lefkowitz penned the script for Washingtonienne and are serving as executive producers with Miss Parker, Sarah Condon and Stacy Taub, THR says.

Borgnine on cable

Oscar winner Ernest Borgnine, 91, has signed to star in the Hallmark Channel's telefilm The Wishing Well, which will be the 200th movie of his career, the Hollywood Reporter says.

Jordan Ladd and Sally Kellerman also will star in the made-for-cable film about a reporter (Miss Ladd) sent to Slow Creek, Ill. …