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Actor Lennie James and singer Lionel Richie have both landed on planned programs for ABC.

Deadline is reporting that James has been cast in the ABC drama pilot Gotham, which centers on Detective Annie Travers, who is stunned to learn that New York has a whole secret magical history of which she (and everyone else) was hitherto unaware. James will play Gabriel Riga, the magnetic and wealthy CEO running for Mayor of New York City.

Deadline also reports that ABC has picked up Duets, a singing competition starring Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Nettles, Robin Thicke, and Richie, as they travel across America looking for undiscovered talent.