Boom, The Clan of the Cave Bear, Endgame, and other TV productions have made recent TV show casting, TV movie casting, and TV directing news. These shows and movies air on ABC, Lifetime, and NBC.
Wesley Snipes is coming to television with a co-starring role opposite Strike Back’s Philip Winchester in NBC drama pilot Endgame. Also cast in the project…is Damon Gupton…Snipes plays the unflappable, analytical and mysterious Johnson, Pit Boss for The Game who keeps an eye on the big picture but is also capable of cleaning up a mess when things spiral too far out of control. Gupton plays Cal Brown, Las Vegas Police detective and Alex’s friend.
Flula Borg has landed the title role in NBC’s comedy pilot Cuckoo
NBC’s Cuckoo is the story of a middle-class family whose daughter comes back from a summer abroad married to a charming but infuriating eccentric named Cuckoo (Borg), much to her father’s annoyance.
UK writers Robin French and Kieron Quirke, who created the BBC series, wrote the adaptation with The Simpsons veteran Tim Long
Borg, a Bavarian-born LA transplant, has amassed over 60M views on his YouTube channel.
Rob Brown (Treme), Audrey Esparza (Public Morals) and Ukweli Roach (the UK’s Grantchester) have landed series regular roles in the NBC drama pilot Blindspot…Brown and Esparza both play [Critical Incident Response Group] team members: He is the friendly but lethal Ramirez; she is the sharp Tasha Oslo. Roach will play Dr. Borden, an impressive scientist/psychiatrist brought in to help evaluate and treat Alexander’s character.
Graham Rogers (Revolution) has been cast as a series regular in ABC’s drama pilot Quantico…Rogers will play Caleb, an athletic, somewhat cocky “golden boy” FBI trainee who’s having a hard time making the grade.
Stephen Schneider (Broad City) and Jack Carpenter (The Good Wife) have booked leads in NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot Sharing…Carpenter…plays the nerdy, sweet and nervous Jesse, who handles all the technology for Giftr. Schneider…plays Todd, the cocky and brash third member of the Giftr team. Jeremy Bronson wrote the script
Living On Video (HBO)
David Fincher has recast the lead in his HBO comedy project Living On Video…I hear the role will be played by 19-year-old Red Band Society star Charlie Rowe. Tyler Ross (The Killing) was originally cast in the project, which I hear is filming two episodes in lieu of a pilot.
Set in 1983 Los Angeles, Living On Video revolves around the players of the then-exploding music video industry — directors, record executives and crew members, many of them dabbling in drugs — through the eyes of a newcomer, Robby (Rowe). Robby is a wide-eyed guy who drops out of college and drives to Hollywood with dreams of directing a sci-fi epic and lands a job as a PA for a company making music videos.
Dr. Ken (ABC)
Dave Foley has been cast opposite Ken Jeong in Jeong’s ABC comedy pilot Dr. Ken…Foley will play Pat, the head of the hospital.
Scott Michael Foster has landed a lead role in ABC drama pilot Boom…Written by Josh Pate and Rodes Fishburne…Boom examines the biggest oil discovery in American history — bigger than Texas and as big as Saudi Arabia — which has triggered a geopolitical shift and an economic boom in North Dakota on a scale not seen since the 1849 California Gold Rush. Foster…will play Wick, an entitled rich kid.
Family Of The Year
Matthew Shively (Paranormal Activity 4) and Bebe Wood (The New Normal) have joined the cast of Family Of The Year (aka untitled Dan Savage). Written by David Windsor and Casey Johnson…Shively…will play Jimmy O’Neal, Danny’s older brother, a two-time all-state wrestling champion. Wood…is Shannon O’Neal, Danny’s little sister, a real do-gooder who’s always working on some new charity.
Chicago Fire (NBC)
Laurie Holden has been cast in NBC’s Chicago Fire planted spinoff, Chicago Med…Holden will play Dr. Hannah Tramble, a fearless, brilliant ER surgeon whose tough as nails childhood has given her a dark edge.
Untitled Todd Harthan drama pilot (Fox)
Morris Chestnut is set as the lead in Fox’s untitled Todd Harthan drama pilot (formerly Rosewood), a close-ended procedural written/executive produced by Todd Harthan and directed by Richard Shepard…it centers on Dr. Beaumont Rosewood, Jr. (Chestnut), a gifted, charismatic private pathologist who can read living and dead bodies like a book.
Chestnut’s casting as the Rosewood character, which was conceived as African American, marks another step forward for Black actors.
Take It From Us (NBC)
Stacey Farber…has been cast as the female lead in the NBC comedy pilot Take It From Us…Farber…will play Aly as a twentysomething in the 1990s. Coming from a semi-prominent family, she was told her whole life that if she just followed the rules – get straight As, don’t get in trouble, go to a good college, find a good guy with a good job — she’ll be happy and successful. So she did all that, only to find out it’s not true. Now she’s looking to change her life in a big way.
Broad Squad (ABC)
Charlotte Spencer has landed one of the leads in ABC’s period female-cop procedural drama pilot Broad Squad, written by Bess Wohl and directed by Coky Giedroyc. A fictionalized account of the graduating class of Boston’s first female patrol officers in 1978, they arrived at a tumultuous time in the city’s history and have to navigate rival neighborhoods as well as the conflicting attitudes toward them from everyone. Spencer will play one of them, Molly. Her dad was a notorious criminal who disappeared when she was young (while working with Whitey Bulger), and she grew up with her three delinquent brothers.
Omid Abtahi (Those Who Kill) has booked a regular role on Damien, Lifetime’s straight-to-series drama follow-up to 20th Century Fox’s classic horror film The Omen…will play Amani Golkar, Damien’s big hearted wingman and best friend who doesn’t know Damien’s dark secret.
The Clan Of The Cave Bear (Lifetime)
Hal Ozsan (The Blacklist) and Johnny Ward (Love/Hate) have been tapped as series regulars on Lifetime’s drama pilot The Clan Of The Cave Bear…The Clan Of The Cave Bear takes place at a time in prehistory more than 25,000 years ago when Neanderthals shared the planet with the first early modern humans and a band of cave dwellers adopts blond and blue-eyed Ayla (Brady), a child of the “Others.” As Ayla matures into a young woman of spirit and courage, she must fight for survival against the jealous bigotry of Broud, who one day will be clan leader. Ozsan…will play Brun, the leader of his Clan. Ward is Broud, the son of Brun.
Calista Flockhart…will play Kara Zor-El’s boss Cat Grant
Kara works as as assistant to Cat Grant (Flockhart), a self-made media magnate and founder of CatCo who started her career as a reporter and has built her company into a global powerhouse.
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