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TV Casting: BADLANDS, THE FLASH, Rutger Hauer in THE LAST KINGDOM

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Badlands, The Flash, The Last Kingdom, and other TV productions have made recent TV show casting, TV movie casting, and TV directing news. These shows and movies air on AMC, The CW, and BBC.

I Like You Just The Way I Am (ABC)

Jenny Mollen will be adapting her best-selling memoir memoir I Like You Just The Way I Am as a comedy series for ABC. Mollen (Crazy, Stupid, Love) is set to write and star in the project…I Like You Just The Way I Am chronicles Mollen’s impulsive and outrageous life in Los Angeles with pals and fellow actor husband Jason Biggs. The book was optioned by Sony TV in July. Mollen is executive producing with Tarses (Happy Endings) and Karen Kehela-Sherwood (A Beautiful Mind).

Haven (Syfy)

William Shatner is beaming up to Haven. He’s set to guest star in a four-episode arc on the Syfy drama in 2015. He’ll play what’s described as a pivotal character that has the potential to forever impact the fate of the town of Haven and its troubled residents.

Forever 31 (ABC)

The network has put in development Forever 31, a comedy written by and starring [Iliza Shlesinger]…Based on Shlesinger’s comedy, Forever 31 follows Shlesinger, playing a version of herself, as a 31-year-old comedian who, along with her best friends, struggle with the daily absurdities and indignities of becoming an adult.

Shlesinger will write the script

Badlands (AMC)

director David Dobkin is reuniting with…writers Al Gough and Miles Millar for another martial arts project, AMC series Badlands (working title). Dobkin has been tapped as a director and executive producer of the straight-to-series project, which has cast Emily Beecham (28 Weeks Later), Sarah Bolger (The Tudors) and Oliver Stark (The Adventurer: The Curse Of The Midas Box) as regulars.

The six-episode Badlands is described as a genre-bending martial arts series very loosely based on the classic Chinese tale “Journey to the West.” In a land controlled by feudal barons, it tells the story of a great warrior and a young boy who embark on a journey across a dangerous land to find enlightenment. Beecham plays The Widow, a regal beauty and a cunning strategist with extravagant, high fashion taste who has gained power the old-fashioned way – she’s spilled blood for it. Bolger plays Jade, a porcelain beauty who masks her ambition with fragile innocence. Stark plays the warrior’s son Ryer who has not lived up to his father’s expectations.

Mr. Robinson (NBC)

Lenora Crichlow and Spencer Grammer have been cast as regulars in Mr. Robinson, NBC’s midseason series starring The Office alum Craig Robinson…Mr. Robinson stars Robinson as a journeyman musician who gets a job as a music teacher at a middle school. Crichlow…will play Victoria Wavers, a successful former Wall Street trader who left the Street to pursue her true calling as a high school English teacher…Grammar plays Ashleigh Willows, a Math teacher at the school who moonlights as an exotic dancer to help pay off her mortgage.

Untitled Miami Project (TNT)

Michael Stahl-David (In Your Eyes) has been cast as the lead in TNT’s Untitled Miami Project…Written by…Michelle Ashford, the serialized character drama is set in the wild and unpredictable world of the Florida drug trade in the 1970s. It centers on Bobby Nickel (Stahl-David), a charismatic, brilliant and driven man who came from nothing and quickly learned to make his own rules. Now a husband, father and successful pot runner working for a local Cuban drug lord, Bobby leads a double life — both in business and in love. Stahl-David joins previously cast Kristen Hager, Kelsey Siepser, Adria Arjona and Oscar Jaenada.

Dan Buran…will play Rory, a drug dealer.

The Last Kingdom (BBC)

“American Horror Story’s” Alexander Dreymon and “True Blood’s” Rutger Hauer have joined the cast of historical drama “The Last Kingdom”

The BBC America/BBC series…is an adaptation of Bernard Cornwell’s series of books “The Saxon Stories” by writer Stephen Butchard

The cast, which has been drawn from eight different European countries, also includes David Dawson (“Ripper Street”), Emily Cox (“The Silent Mountain,” “Circle of Life”), Matthew Macfadyen (“Anna Karenina,” “MI-5”), Ian Hart (“Boardwalk Empire,” “The Bridge”), and Tobias Santelmann (“Kon-Tiki,” “Hercules — The Thracian Wars”).

The series is set in the 9th century AD when many of the separate kingdoms of what we now know as England have fallen to the invading Vikings; only the Kingdom of Wessex stands defiant under its visionary King Alfred the Great (Dawson).

Uhtred (Dreymon), the son of a Saxon nobleman, is orphaned by the Vikings and then kidnapped and raised as one of their own. Forced to choose between the country of his birth and the people of his upbringing, his loyalties are constantly tested.

The Flash (The CW)

Morena Baccarin…is voicing S.T.A.R. Labs honcho Dr. Harrison Wells’ AI assistant/confidante.

Gideon was first featured in the Nov. 25 episode of the CW freshman

True Detective (HBO)

Jon Lindstrom (Castle) is the latest to sign on for the upcoming second season of HBO’s True Detective. He’ll join Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, Rachel McAdams and Vince Vaughn in the second installment of the crime franchise that revolves around three police officers (Farrell, Kitsch, McAdams) and a career criminal (Vaughn), who must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder. Lindstrom…will play Glenn Ellinger, a patrician businessman who wears his immense power lightly, but wields it definitively.

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