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TV Casting: BATTLE OF THE SEXES, ASH VS EVIL DEAD, Lauren German in LUCIFER

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Battle of the Sexes, Lucifer, Ash vs Evil Dead, and other TV productions have made recent TV show casting, TV movie casting, and TV directing news. These shows and movies air on HBO, Fox, and Starz.

From Darkness (BBC)

Anne-Marie Duff has been cast in the lead of BBC psychological crime drama, From Darkness. Written by Katie Baxendale (Sugar Rush), the four-part series follows Clare Church, an ex-police officer who left the Greater Manchester force in the mid-90s after the impact of violence became too overwhelming. But when four bodies from a past investigations are unearthed, she finds herself pulled back in to a world she’d long since left behind and a case that only she can solve.

Unforgotten (ITV)

ITV’s six-part cold case drama Unforgotten has cast up with Last Tango In Halifax‘s Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar (The Kumars) co-starring. Written and created by Chris Lang (Undeniable, The Tunnel)…Walker and Bhaskar are playing the modern-day police team who gradually discover deep-rooted and long-forgotten secrets. Further cast includes Trevor Eve (Death Comes To Pemberley), Bernard Hill (Wolf Hall), Ruth Sheen (Mr Turner) and Tom Courtenay (45 Years, The Dresser).

Boom (ABC)

Delroy Lindo (Believe) is set to co-star opposite Don Johnson in the ABC drama pilot Boom…Written by Josh Pate and Rodes Fishburne and directed by Jonas Pate…Lindo will play Tip Hamilton, the Sheriff of Williston County, a wise and sly man who has seen it all and is inclined to administer the law as impartially as possible — but with an attitude and edge.

Joe Time (CBS)

Steven Weber is returning to his multi-camera comedy roots with a starring role in Joe Time, CBS’ multi-cam comedy pilot…Directed by veteran James Burrows…Joe Time centers on Joe (Weber), a family man who struggles with the fact that everyone around him is pursuing their dreams and enjoying their lives more than he is. He’s starting to wonder if he’ll ever be able to follow his own desires, whatever that may be. Weber joins previously cast Duane Martin and Eric Petersen.

Mix (ABC)

Britne Oldford, Sam Page (House Of Cards) and Joaquim de Almeida (Fast Five) have booked regular roles on ABC’s pilot Mix…Oldford is Remy, who’s trying to stay clean after recently being release prison on a drug charge, but is finding life on the outside tougher than she anticipated. An extremely talented chef, she might be just what her father needs to turn the restaurant around. Page will play James, a recovering addict who is described as a warm, charming and intelligent man. He is immediately intrigued when he meets Remy at a Narcotics Anonymous meeting. De Almeida will play Ray, owner of the popular Austin restaurant. Page is repped by UTA, Inphenate, and Jackoway Tyerman.

The Curse Of The Fuentes Women (NBC)

Sonia Braga (Kiss Of The Spider Woman) has booked a regular role in The Curse Of The Fuentes Women…Braga…will play Orquidia, the estranged sister of Esperanza (Rachel Ticotin). Orquidia has been harboring an enormous grudge against her sister for decades.

Untitled Judah Miller comedy pilot (ABC)

Tony Rock (All Def Comedy Live) is set for a regular role in ABC’s untitled Judah Miller comedy pilot…centers on a Tony Award-winning mother (Megan Hilty) and a risk-averse, cerebral father who are blessed with a son who is a natural-born competitive athlete. They are forced outside their parental comfort zones and into the high-octane world of youth sports…Rock will play Ty, Gary’s brother-in-law who’s married to his twin sister Susie. A foil to Gary, Ty is oblivious of how he unnerves his brother-in-law.

Supergirl (CBS)

CBS has cast its young Kara Zor-El.

Malina Weissman has booked a key role in the network’s DC Comics take on Supergirl

Weissman…will guest-star in the pilot as a young version of Kara, confirming speculation that the potential series will flash back to the DC heroine’s early years as a child.

The Grinder (Fox)

Mary Elizabeth Ellis (New Girl), Natalie Morales (Parks & Recreation) and William Devane (24: Live Another Day) will co-star opposite Rob Lowe and Fred Savage in The Grinder…When his long-running hit series comes to an end, he finds himself at a crossroads in life and decides to move back to his small hometown, thinking he has the experience to take over his family’s law firm. Once there, he butts heads with his brother, Stewart Sanderson (Savage).

Ellis will play Stewart’s wife Debbie, who dated Dean back in the day, and he still thinks of her as the one that got away. Morales will play Claire, a paralegal who works at Stewart’s law firm. She has never seen an episode of Dean’s TV show and is unimpressed with his celebrity. Devane will be playing Dean Sr., the sweet, old-fashioned father of Stewart and Dean and head of the family’s law firm.

Ash vs Evil Dead (Starz)

Lucy Lawless is returning to Starz with a co-starring role opposite Bruce Campbell in the premium channel’s 10-episode half-hour original series Ash vs Evil Dead…Lawless will play Ruby, a mysterious figure who is myopic in her quest to hunt down the source of the recent Evil outbreaks. The only problem: She believes that Ash (Campbell) is the cause of it all.

Dr. Del

Katie Jacobs and Nick Wechsler have cast their independently produced medical drama pilot Dr. Del, with Chloe Sevigny (American Horror Story) and Ted Levine (The Bridge) set for co-star opposite star John Hawkes. Also cast in the project…are Leven Rambin, Don Harvey and Nathan Keyes.

Sevingy plays Brandy Sommers, a former ski-champ and the proprietor of the only bar in town who moved to Isotope to escape her colorful past. Levine will play Tanner Doggerty, the mayor of Isotope whose grand vision for the town and himself is at odds with Del’s (Hawkes). Rambin plays Shayna Canyon, Del’s estranged daughter, who is struggling to raise her young son, Stinger, while grappling with addiction. Harvey plays Denny Roper, sheriff of Isotope and Del’s childhood best friend. Keyes plays Cody Roper, Denny’s son and Del’s former son-in-law whom he believes is a bad influence on his grandson, Stinger.

Hap And Leonard (Sundance)

The Spoils Before Dying (IFC)

Michael Kenneth Williams (The Wire, 12 Years A Slave) is set as one of the two leads in Sundance’s straight-to-series drama Hap And Leonard. Additionally, he has been cast as the lead in The Spoils Before Dying for sibling IFC.

Hap And Leonard follows the story of Hap Collins and Leonard Pine (Williams), a black, openly gay Vietnam vet with anger issues. Having been raised by an uncle who shunned him after learning he was homosexual, Leonard was left with Hap — a white, working-class laborer who spent time in federal prison as a young man for refusing to be drafted into the military and serve in the Vietnam War as his only source of support — in the not-so-progressive rural South of the 1980s.

The six-episode series…was created by director/writer Jim Mickle and writer Nick Damici

Funny or Die’s The Spoils Before Dying…follows down-and-out pianist Rock Banyon (Williams) who becomes the prime suspect when his lead singer and occasional lover is found violently murdered in a car with another man. With the death of two people hanging over his head, Rock has only 72 hours to clear his name or fry in the electric chair.

Will Ferrell is set to reprise his role as Eric Jonrosh, the booze-soaked author-turned-director, on whose books the Spoils adaptations are based.

Battle of the Sexes untitled project (HBO)

Elizabeth Banks will star as Billie Jean King and Paul Giamatti will play Bobby Riggs in the as yet untitled project, with David Auburn (“Proof”) set to write.

The Untitled Autopsy Project (Fox)

Anna Konkle has landed a series regular role in Fox pilot

Konkle will play Kathy Fern Clyde, aka “KFC,” a hyper-neurotic DNA specialist who works in the lab.

Other series regulars are child actress Maggie Elizabeth Jones (“Ben and Kate,” “We Bought A Zoo”) and Jaina Lee Ortiz.

Sharknado 3 (Syfy)

David Hasselhoff has been cast in “Sharknado 3? as Gilbert Sheperd, the father of Ian Ziering’s character, Fin.

The Hoff joins previously announced cast members including Ziering; Tara Reid as April; Cassie Scerbo as Nova; Bo Derek as April’s mother, May; Ryan Newman as April and Fin’s daughter Claudia; and Jack Griffo as Claudia’s friend, Billy.

Other notable guest stars include Mark Cuban as the President of the United States; Ann Coulter as the Vice President; Jerry Springer as Mr. White, a manic tourist; *NSYNC singer Chris Kirkpatrick as a pool lifeguard, and WWE star Chris Jericho, who will portray Bruce the roller coaster ride operator.

Lucifer (Fox)

Lauren German is set as the female lead opposite Tom Ellis in Fox’s comic book drama pilot Lucifer…the TV series centers on Lucifer (Ellis) who, bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, resigns his throne and abandons his kingdom for the gorgeous, shimmering insanity of Los Angeles, where he gets his kicks helping the LAPD punish criminals. German plays Chloe Dancer, an LAPD homicide detective who finds herself both repulsed and fascinated by Lucifer. As they work together to solve a murder, Lucifer is struck by Chloe’s inherent goodness. Used to dealing with the absolute worst of humanity, Lucifer begins to wonder if there’s hope yet.

Heart Matters (NBC)

Don Hany (Serangoon Road) has landed a male lead in NBC’s drama pilot Heart Matters…Hany…will play Dr. Jessie Shane, the hospital’s new Chief of Surgery. Alex (Melissa George) and Jessie (Hany) had a a passionate, unforgettable affair when she was an intern, and now ten years later, they are working together.

Breed (TNT)

Callie Thorne (Rescue Me) has rounded out the cast of TNT’s drama pilot Breed…Thorne…will play Emme Haladjian, the beautiful, charismatic, highly-accomplished prosecutor whose appearance hides her vicious secrets, and the danger she poses to Cooper and the city.

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Source: Variety, Hollywoodreporter, Deadline

 

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