Lawless is one of several actors joining ABC pilots, the showbiz trade papers report. "CSI's" Louise Lombard has landed the title role in "Judy's Got a Gun," Bridgette Wilson-Sampras has joined "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" and former "Freaks and Geeks" star John Francis Daley has signed on to the comedy "The Call."
"Football Wives" is an adaptation of the British soap "Footballers Wives," about the wives and girlfriends of professional soccer players (the ABC version will substitute American football for soccer). Lawless, who joins Gabrielle Union in the cast, will play the scheming wife of one of the players.
Lawless had a recurring part on "Battlestar Galactica" for the past couple of seasons, though it appears her Cylon character has been unplugged for good. Her credits also include "Xena," The WB's "Tarzan" and a guest spot on "Veronica Mars" last season.
Lombard, who plays Sofia Curtis on "CSI," will star in "Judy's Got a Gun" as single mother and detective with a suburban police department. The British-born actress became a regular on the CBS series this season after a couple years as a recurring player.
Also at ABC, Wilson-Sampras ("Shopgirl," "The Wedding Planner") will play a neighbor of John (Martin Henderson) and Jane (Jordana Brewster) Smith in "Mr. and Mrs. Smith," an adaptation of the Brad Pitt-Angelina Jolie movie. Her character will take a shine to Mr. Smith.
Finally, Daley will star in "The Call," a comedy about paramedics from "Kitchen Confidential" creator David Hemingson and the producing team behind "24." Daley co-starred in "Kitchen Confidential" last season; his credits also include "The Geena Davis Show."