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TV Casting: ARROW, GOTHAM, Billy Bob Thornton in TRIAL [Updated]

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Arrow, Gotham, Trial, and other TV productions have made recent TV show casting, TV movie casting, and TV directing news. These shows and movies air on The CW, Fox, and Amazon.

Arrow (The CW)

JR Bourne will appear on Season 4 of The CW’s “Arrow,” playing the DC comic book villain known as Double Down

Bourne is taking on the role of Jeremy Tell, a metahuman who can turn his playing card tattoos into deadly weapons. As a metahuman, Double Down is more closely associated with “The Flash” mythology in the comics, and is a member of the villainous Rogues gallery.

He will appear in the third episode of the new season.

Jimmy Akingbola has joined the cast of Arrow season 4 in a recurring role as Baron Reiter, aka DC comics villain Baron Blitzkrieg. In the comics, the character is a Nazi super villain and the leader of the Shadowspire crime organization.

Akingbola will be featured in this season’s flashback scenes and will serve as rival to Oliver Queen on Coast City.


Jeri Ryan…is joining the show. She will be playing Jessica Danforth, a friend of the Queen family. Her political ambitions will place her in the crosshairs of a menacing antagonist.

Empire (Fox)

Ludacris is the latest high-profile star to snag a guest spot on Fox’s hit “Empire” for Season 2.

Howard’s Lucious Lyon was sent to prison for murder at the end of the show’s first season, and from the looks of the photo, it looks like Ludacris will play a cop who crosses paths with him — at least at first glance.

Trial (Amazon)

Billy Bob Thornton is set for the lead in Trial

David Semel…is expected to direct.

The legal drama, which David E. Kelley co-wrote with his Practice and Boston Legal producer, fellow former attorney Jonathan Shapiro, centers on Billy McBride (Thornton). Once a big and powerful lawyer, Billy has become a shell of his former self, an alcoholic in a rumpled suit. Billy’s downfall came after he lost a case that saw an innocent kid murdered, and his guilt-driven alcoholism cost him his wife and his job after his longtime partner Cooper turned on him and kicked him out of their law firm. Still hanging onto his dry charisma, Billy is now going head-to-head against Cooper, bringing a case against his former partner, which begins to stir in him his old ambition.

The Thundermans (Nickelodeon)

Ryan Newman has booked a recurring arc on Nickelodeon’s live-action comedy The Thundermans. Newman plays Allison, the love interest to Max Thunderman (Jack Griffo), and the school’s all-around do-gooder who gets invested in every social cause she can.

The 100 (The CW)

Neil Sandilands is set as a recurring on The CW’s The 100…Sandilands…will play Titus, an embodiment of the Old Guard, who works to preserve and protect his Grounder civilization and the fate of his people.


Zach McGowan has joined the cast of The CW’s post-apocalyptic drama “The 100”

McGowan will play a new character named Roan on Season 3 and will appear in a recurring capacity. The character is described as a rogue Grounder warrior who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

All The Way (HBO)

Aisha Hinds (Under The Dome), Spencer Garrett (Blood And Oil), Todd Weeks (The Maiden Heist) and Mo McRae (Wild) have been cast opposite Bryan Cranston in All The Way

Hinds…will play Fannie Lou Hamer, leader of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. Garrett…plays labor union leader Walter Reuther. Weeks…is Walter Jenkins, Johnson’s longtime aide. And McRae…plays civil rights activist Stokely Carmichael.

Bradley Whitford…will play Hubert Humphrey

Red Flag

David Franzoni has come on board to write and produce Red Flag, a Chinese history-themed adventure series starring Maggie Q…Dylan McDermott may reunite with her onscreen, possibly taking on a recurring role in the series.

Set in the early 1800s, Red Flag centers on Ching Shih (Maggie Q), a beautiful young Chinese prostitute who goes on to become one of history’s most powerful pirates and head of the most successful crime syndicate in Canton China. With over 100,000 sailors and 1500-plus vessels, Ching controlled the South China Sea while taking on the Imperial Chinese navy, the Portuguese navy, and the all-powerful British navy to eventually conquer them all.

McDermott would play Mason, an American Revolutionary. Francois Arnaud was recently cast as the male lead Carlito, the Portuguese sailor and bounty hunter engaged to hunt down and capture Ching Shih who becomes her lover.

Wynonna Earp (Syfy)

Melanie Scrofano (Damien, Gangland Undercover) is set to star as Wynonna, Tim Rozon (Being Human, Instant Star) will play legendary con artist Doc Holliday, and Shamier Anderson (Defiance, Constantine) plays the mysterious Agent Dolls.

A modern supernatural Western, it follows Wyatt Earp’s great granddaughter as she battles demons and other supernatural beings and uses her unique abilities and a dysfunctional posse of allies to bring the paranormal to justice.

Paolo Barzman will direct the pilot episode.

Incorporated (Syfy)

Georgina Haig and Eddie Ramos have joined the futuristic pilot

Haig will star as Laura, who is married to Ben (Sean Teale), a rising star in a mega-corporation called Chrysalis who is determined to climb the rickety, bloodstained ladder of success. Laura is a successful plastic surgeon who’s also the daughter of Ben’s boss. While Ben and Laura make their home in the lush, manicured Green Zone of the well-to-do, Theo (Ramos) dwells in the dangerous, poverty-stricken Red Zone and might provide a surprising connection to Ben’s past.

Created by David and Alex Pastor…who wrote and will direct the pilot

The Catch (ABC)

Sonya Walger (Lost, FlashForward) has joined the cast of ABC’s midseason thriller drama series The Catch…The Catch centers on the strong, successful Alice Vaughan (Mireille Enos). She’s a fraud investigator who’s about to be the victim of fraud herself by her fiancé Kieran (Peter Krause). Between her cases, she is determined to find him before it ruins her career.

Walger will take over the role of Zoe from Bethany Joy Lenz, who was cast in the pilot. Zoe is Kieran’s wife and partner in crime who loves her husband and loves their life — amoral though it may be — and she’s going to hang on tight as she senses him slipping away from her. Krause recently took over the role of Kieran from originally cast Damon Dayoub.

Gotham (Fox)

Michael Chiklis is back in law enforcement – and heading to Gotham.

[He] will play GCPD Captain Nathaniel Barnes in Season 2 of Fox’s Batman series…A “law and order zealot” who enters the police force “like a tornado,” Barnes shakes up the organization and racks up enemies on both sides of the law while doing so.

Though Barnes starts out as a mentor to Gordon (Benjamin McKenzie), the two will one day find themselves at odds.

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