The Slap (NBC)
Thandie Newton and Melissa George are the latest to board NBC’s eight-episode miniseries.
Newton will play Aisha, a doctor, wife of Hector and mother of their two children. She readies herself for the onslaught as she makes preparations for her husband’s birthday party, irritated but somewhat amused when her in-laws show up. George reprises her role from the Aussie mini as Rosie, a hippie wife and meddlesome mother of Hugo, the 5-year-old boy who is slapped after waving a bat in another boy’s face. Convinced that Hugo has been unalterably traumatized, she sets in motion a confrontation that embroils and affects everyone who witnessed it.
They join Peter Sarsgaard, Mary-Louise Parker, Zachary Quinto and Brian Coxin…directed by Lisa Cholodenko, written by Jon Robin Baitz
Your Family Or Mine (TBS)
Ed Begley Jr. (Arrested Development) and Stephanie Hunt (Californication) have been cast as regulars and Collette Wolfe (Cougar Town) as a recurring on the new series from creator Greg Malins…Your Family Or Mine focuses on young couple Kelli (Kat Foster) and Oliver (Kyle Howard) and alternates between the two sides of the their family.
TBS has cast three key members of Kelli’s family: her father Gil (Begley) and her sisters Dani (Hunt) and Shawni (Wolfe)…Begley’s Gil is the ponytailed patriarch of the Durnin family. The psychology professor thinks his son-in–law Oliver is repressed and diagnoses him with a variety of “psychological” ailments. Hunt’s Dani is the youngest sister and happy-go-lucky wild child in Kelli’s family. She gets away with everything, never gets caught and manages to slide out of awkward family situations, leaving Kelli to deal with it. Wolfe’s Shawni is a bit of a waif, offbeat and a sometime vegan. She has two children from a previous marriage, and her views on child rearing clash with Kelli’s, especially her rule of never saying “no” to her children because it has “negative connotations.”
Devious Maids (Lifetime)
After guest starring in the second-season finale of Devious Maids, Gilles Marini (Brothers & Sisters) will join the cast of the Lifetime series as a regular for Season 3. He will reprise his rose as Sebastien, who will have romantic interests with Carmen Luna (Roselyn Sánchez).
Chicago P.D. (NBC)
Bailey Chase is set for a multi-episode arc as DEA Agent David Lang on NBC’s Chicago P.D. Lang will have been mentioned in passing for several episodes leading up to his introduction as it relates to Sophia Bush’s character (Erin Lindsay) and the possibility of her jumping ship to a new task force led by Lang.
Nicholas D’Agosto (Masters Of Sex) has joined the cast of the freshman drama as Harvey Dent. He will be recurring this season with an option to become a regular in Season 2.
Harvey Dent is a bright, charming, idealistic Assistant District Attorney whose sole mission is to eradicate the crime and corruption that has poisoned Gotham. Although he one day will serve as the white knight Gotham needs so badly as a DA, Dent also gives us a fleeting glimpse of the hideous villain he will become: Two-Face.
FX Networks has given a pilot green light to comedy Pariah starring Bill Burr…It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia… creator Rob McElhenney set to direct.
Pariah centers on volatile TV personality Joe Abbott (Burr) who, after an on-air meltdown, is exiled from show business and forced to navigate society as a man with no apparent skills.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Showtime)
Santino Fontana, Michael McDonald, Donna Lynne Champlin and Vincent Rodriguez III have been cast as potential series regulars on Showtime’s comedy pilot Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, starring Rachel Bloom. The project centers on Rebecca (Bloom), a successful, driven and possibly crazy young woman who impulsively gives up everything – her partnership at a prestigious law firm and her upscale apartment in Manhattan – in a desperate attempt to find love and happiness in that exotic hotbed of romance and adventure: West Covina, CA. Fontana (Frozen) will play Greg, a bartender and Rebecca’s first friend; McDonald (MADtv) is Darryl, Rebecca’s new boss; Champlin (Broadway’s Billy Elliot and Sweeney Todd) plays Paula, Rebecca’s co-worker at the law firm who is suspicious of her; and Rodriguez (Broadway’s Here Lies Love) will play Josh, Rebecca’s childhood boyfriend who she runs into years later and who acts as the catalyst for her dramatic life change.
Agent Carter (ABC)
Dominic Cooper has been cast in ABC’s midseason series Marvel’s Agent Carter. He will play Tony Stark’s father Howard Stark, reprising his role from Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter.
The Astronaut Wives Club (ABC)
Yvonne Strahovski has been tapped as one of the leads in ABC’s 10-episode drama series The Astronaut Wives Club…Written by Savage based on Lily Koppel’s book and directed by Lone Scherfig…Strahovski will play Rene Carpenter, an independent and confident astronaut wife who awakens to a high calling in politics, civil rights and women’s issues.
The Night Manager (BBC)
Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston are…set to star in a TV adaptation of John le Carre’s The Night Manager
David Farr (Hanna, Spooks) will pen the adaptation.
Published in 1993, le Carre’s Night Manager follows Jonathan Pine, a British soldier turned luxurious hotel night auditor. Pine crosses paths with a French-Arab woman named Sophie with ties to Richard Onslow Roper, an English black marketer who specializes in weapons. The woman provides Pine with incriminating documents, which he forwards to a friend in British intelligence. After Sophie winds up dead, Pine works with intelligence operatives and goes undercover as part of a sting against Roper to avenge Sophie’s death.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC)
Tim DeKay has been cast to play Senator Maynard Ward on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. … Agent Ward’s path to the dark side began with his sadistic, abusive older brother named Maynard, who also forced him to abuse their other, even younger brother. He was a real peach, and so it’s no surprise that he joined the U.S. Senate.
Dekay…will debut as the character in the sixth episode of the season, titled “A Fractured Rose.”
Gillian Flynn will write the entire season of HBO’s upcoming thriller remake “Utopia.”
The 100 (The CW)
Porter (True Blood) will recur on The CW’s The 100 in Season 2…playing a “regal and experienced” Grounder warrior named Indra.
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