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TV Casting: BILLIONS, CHILDHOOD’S END, Adam Davidson directing WALKING DEAD Spin-off

The Walking Dead: Season 2, 2011

Billions, Childhood’s End, The Walking Dead spin-off series, and other TV productions have made recent TV show casting, TV movie casting, and TV directing news. These shows and movies air on Fox, Showtime, and USA.

The Odd Couple (CBS)

[Lauren Graham] has been tapped for a guest role on CBS’ upcoming The Odd Couple reboot

In the comedy based on Neil Simon’s Broadway play, Graham will play Gaby, the ex-wife of Matthew Perry’s Oscar Madison. Gaby and Oscar lived through a contentious marriage — and divorce — but beneath all the bickering, there remains a deep connection and affection between them.

Scandal (ABC)

Michael Trucco has been cast to play the ex-husband of Darby Stanchfield’s White House press secretary

Trucco will play Charles Putney, the youngest son of former Virginia governor James Putney — and the man she divorced after he physically assaulted her in a drunken rage.

Details about the character’s formal introduction are being kept under wraps. Charles has been referenced before but has not appeared until now. Trucco will appear in one episode — for now — with an airdate yet to be determined.

Diehard Gladiators will recall from season one that Abby was married to Charles for four years in a politically arranged marriage. She left him after he fractured three of her ribs, broke her jaw and threw her out into the snow. Olivia (Kerry Washington) took her in and hired her a great divorce attorney — but only after she clubbed him in the knee with a tire iron. It’s for this reason that Abby has been (until recently, at least) loyal — sometimes to a fault — to Olivia.

The Walking Dead Companion Series (AMC)

AMC has tasked Adam Davidson Adam Davidsonwith creating the visual world of The Walking Dead companion series. The veteran TV helmer has been tapped as director of the high-profile pilot, slated to film late this year.

the spinoff takes place during the same zombie apocalypse depicted on The Walking Dead but in a different location.

Billions (Showtime)

Golden Globe winner Paul Giamatti (Cinderella Man) and Emmy and Golden Globe winner Damian Lewis (Homeland) have been cast in the lead roles of the complex, contemporary drama pilot BILLIONS. Written and executive produced by Brian Koppelman and David Levien and Andrew Ross Sorkin, BILLIONS is a fictional drama that takes a forensic look at the world of high finance by tracking the approaching collision between two titanic figures – the hard charging, whip-smart U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhodes (Giamatti), and the brilliant, ambitious hedge fund king, Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Lewis). Acclaimed director Neil Burger (The Illusionist, Divergent, Limitless) has signed on to direct the drama pilot.

Agent Carter (ABC)

Lyndsy Fonseca has landed a recurring role opposite Hayley Atwell and Shea Whigham on ABC’s Marvel’s Agent Carter. She will play Angie, an aspiring actress who befriends Peggy Carter (Atwell) on the new series…Chad Michael Murray and Enver Gjokaj co-star.

Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas (NBC)

NBC has tapped The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons to topline its animated holiday special Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas…Parsons will voice Buddy in the special based on the 2003 film Elf starring Will Ferrell and the hit Broadway show Elf: The Musical.

Santa narrates the story of Buddy’s travels to New York City to meet the father he never knew he had. Along the way his unrelenting cheer transforms the lives of everyone he meets and opens his father’s eyes to the magic of Christmas. Voice cast also includes Mark Hamill, Ed Asner, Fred Armisen, Jay Leno, Matt Lauer, Gilbert Gottfried, Kate Micucci, Rachael MacFarlane, Max Charles and Steve Higgins.

Switched At Birth (ABC)

The ABC Family drama has landed My So-Called Life star Bess Armstrong in a major recurring role for season four…Armstrong…has been cast as Daphne’s (Katie Leclerc) formidable pre-med professor. She first appears in the season premiere

Childhood’s End (Syfy)

Charles Dance…will be one of the leads in Syfy’s “Childhood’s End.”

The six-hour miniseries, which is an adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s classic novel “Childhood’s End,” focuses on what happens after the alien invasion of Earth by the mysterious Overlords. While their arrival is seen as a peaceful one, it also begins decades of an apparent utopia under indirect alien rule — at the cost of human identity and culture…Dance will play Karellen, the Overlords’ ambassador.

The project…is being adapted by Matthew Graham (BBC’s “Life on Mars”) and directed by Nick Hurran

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Source: Showtime, Variety, Deadline, Hollywoodreporter

 

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