The network has handed out series orders to dramas Pitch, The Exorcist, Lethal Weapon and APB and comedies Making Historyand The Mick.

All six projects had been among the network’s early frontrunners. All, save for Lethal Weapon, hail from studio sibling 20th Century Fox Television as the network looks to have an ownership stake in as much of its new series as possible.

Pitch marks the first Dan Fogelman project to go to series since the prolific producer’s move from ABC Studios to 20th TV. The drama centers on a young female pitcher (Kylie Bunbury, Under the Dome) who defies the odds when she becomes the first woman to play in the major leagues. In a first, Major League Baseball is partnering with Fox to produce the series, offering unparalleled access to its brand, logos, stadiums and more. The show is filming in San Diego, and the San Diego Padres will be the team featured on the series, which co-stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Ali Larter and Dan Lauria.

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A substitution has been made in the line-up.

Heroes alum Ali Larter has been cast in the Fox drama pilot Pitch, replacing former CSI Elisabeth Shue.

Per our sister site Deadline, Shue’s departure comes after creative differences over the direction of her character, Amelia Slater, a sports agent who doubles as a personal guru for Major League Baseball’s first-ever female pitcher (to be played by Twisted‘s Kylie Bunbury).

Penned by Dan Fogelman (Galavant, The Neighbors) and Rick Singer (Younger), the cast of Pitch also includes Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Franklin & Bash), Mo McRae (Murder in the First), Meagan Holder (Ringer) and Tim Jo (The Neighbors).

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EXCLUSIVE: Ali Larter (Varsity Blues, Heroes) is set to lead horror pic The Diabolical, fromPreferred Film & TV. She’ll play Madison, a single mother who with her children is awoken nightly by an increasingly strange and intense presence. She seeks help from her scientist boyfriend Nikolai, who begins a hunt to destroy the violet spirit that paranormal experts are too frightened to take on.The Diabolical marks the feature debut of genre-influenced commercials and music video helmerAlistair Legrand, who is directing a script he co-wrote with Luke Harvis. Preferred Film & TV’s Ross Dinerstein is producing. Content Media Corp (CMC) is backing the project and will rep N.A. rights with Preferred Content while CMC’s Jamie Carmichael sells international. Filming begins in February 2014. Larter’s last big screen outing was the 2010 zombie sequel Resident Evil: Afterlife. She also co-stars in TNT’s 2014 spy series Legends. Larter is repped by WME and Water Street Anthem Entertainment.

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The actress and freshly minted cookbook author takes THR’s Taste Test.

On Sept. 10, Ali Larter (Heroes) released her new dinner-party cookbook, Kitchen Revelry: A Year of Festive Menus From My Home to Yours. The frequent hostess says she was inspired to pen the tome after learning the hard way that “messy is good” when it comes to entertaining at home. “I threw a lot of disastrous dinner parties with really complicated menus,” she says. “I was putting a lot of pressure on doing everything right. These ideas are crowd-pleasers.” Of course, Larter’s food fixation doesn’t just remain housebound. To celebrate the book’s publication, she opens up about everything from her go-to take-out to her preferred last meal.

Current Fixation
“I’m really into Charlie Bird in New York. It’s this guy Ryan Hardy’s restaurant. He’s playing Run-DMC in the bathroom and making the most beautiful scallops with brown butter in the kitchen.”

Known For Cooking
“Fondue. I’ll do it with pickles or sunchokes. I love a Gruyere and Swiss fondue with a little garlic.”

Destination Dinner
“I’ve really been wanting to go to Bestia.”

Go-To Take-Out
“Cheebo. They do amazing salads and turkey burgers and pizzas.”

Adventurous Bite
“I was boar-hunting in Germany once, and it was a very traumatic experience for me. But it’s ceremonial, and they roast it and it’s a whole thing. So I did try it.”

Simply Won’t Eat
“I hate sprouts — the texture, the flavor.”

Favorite Snack
“I do a homemade granola. That’s what I reach for. And I’m a huge fan of really good dark chocolate. Right now, particularly the chocolate from Compartes in Brentwood.”

Big Wish
“I wish there was a Balthazar here in Los Angeles.”

Guilty Pleasure
“The Polo Lounge burger. It could make me weep. You’re going to spend $28 for it, which is obscene. But I love it.”

Last Meal
“A Napa Cabernet, a really great New York steak, some creamed spinach and some beer-battered onion rings.”

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