Pilot Season 2020 Actors Hot List: Keri Russell, Lisa Kudrow & Catherine O’Hara Among Top Choices As Nets Grapple With Stiff Competition & Skyrocketing Salaries

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Pilot Season 2020 Actors Hot List: Keri Russell, Lisa Kudrow & Catherine O’Hara Among Top Choices As Nets Grapple With Stiff Competition & Skyrocketing Salaries
In an industry often criticized for its obsession with youth in front of the camera, it has been nice to see accomplished veterans Catherine O’Hara, Judith Light and Katey Sagal attracting multiple offers at the onset of the 2020 broadcast pilot season. Sagal already made her choice, committing to play the lead in ABC’s high-profile drama pilot Rebel, from Krista Vernoff.

As broadcast networks and studios begin to go down their wish lists, reaching out to A-list actors for pilot leads, they also are facing anxiety over whether they will be able to land the big names they are after and how much it will cost.

Because of the proliferation of deep-pocketed streaming platforms that have driven salaries up to $1 million an episode for A-listers on new shows, it has been harder for broadcasters to attract top talent, especially on the drama side. Last season, they raised the salary bar,
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