Chicago Med, The Flash, Mr. Robinson, and other TV productions have made recent TV show casting, TV movie casting, and TV directing news. These shows and movies air on NBC, The CW, and NBC.
Curse of the Fuentes Women (NBC)
NBC’s drama pilot “Curse of the Fuentes Women” from “Ugly Betty” producer Silvio Horta has found its leading man. Adan Canto has been cast in the role of Salvado
Salvador is described as a mysterious stranger who washes up on Miami Beach and comes into the lives of the Fuentes women, reviving a link to a magical past.
The “Fuentes Women” pilot was penned by Horta
Studio City (Fox)
Sanaa Hamri is set to direct a drama pilot for the network, Studio City, from creator Krista Vernoff, Warner Bros TV and John Wells Prods. Set in present-day Studio City, CA, Fox’s Studio City is a family dramedy inspired by Vernoff’s real-life experience growing up as the daughter of a drug dealer to the stars.
Chev & Bev (ABC)
British TV comedy director Ben Taylor will helm Chev & Bev, ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo as baby boomers who are fun, relevant and living a selfish retirement when their world is turned upside down and they suddenly are left to raise their grandchildren. Brad Copeland wrote the project
Adhir Kalyan has become the first cast member of Frankenstein…Taking inspiration from the basic Mary Shelley mythology of a man brought back to life by scientists playing god, Frankenstein centers on Ray Pritchard, a morally corrupt retired cop who is given a second chance at life when he is brought back from the dead. Kalyan will play one of Ray’s creators, the quiet and brilliant Internet billionaire Otto Goodwin. Otto and his bioengineer twin sister Mary take on the ultimate challenge of reanimating a dead man.
Guide To Surviving Life (Fox)
Meaghan Rath has been cast as the female lead in another series project, Fox comedy Cooper Barrett’s Guide To Surviving Life…Written by Jay Lacopo, Cooper Barrett’s Guide is a nostalgic celebration of the mistakes and misadventures we all wind up going through in the years after college and before we settle down. It centers on 26-year-old Cooper Barrett who, during a particularly disastrous experience, decides it’s time somebody let the under 20 crowd know about the unexpected challenges of post- college life. Rath…will play Kelly Bishop, a beautiful physical therapist who lives across the hall from Cooper.
Chicago Med (NBC)
Yaya DaCosta…is set to star in Chicago Med, the proposed ensemble medical drama spinoff from NBC’s Chicago Fire. DaCosta and the other cast members of the potential spinoff will be introduced in Episode 19 of Chicago Fire this season.
DaCosta will play Maggie Seaver (formerly Emily Sexton), an attractive nurse who begins to date Chicago Fire‘s Kelly (Taylor Kinney), with whom she has a history dating back to high school…the Chicago Med episode is conceived/written by Chicago Fire creators/executive producers Derek Haas and Michael Brandt
Living On Video (HBO)
Tyler Ross (The Killing) has landed the lead in David Fincher’s HBO comedy Living On Video. I also hear that Sam Page (Mad Men) has been cast in the project, which has been shrouded in secrecy.
Set in 1983 Los Angeles, and in the vein of HBO’s Entourage, 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 (Ross). 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.
Page plays a meteorologist trying to transition into game-show hosting.
Fincher, who is directing, revisits his music video director past with the comedy, written by Rich Wilkes (xXx) and Bob Stevenson, a friend of Fincher’s from his music video days, based on an idea by Fincher.
Brothers In Crime (AMC)
Nick Cassavetes is set to helm and EP the TV series with Warrior writer Cliff Dorfman handling the screenplay
The…show will focuses on three old friends who own a construction business together. To stave off financial collapse and worse, the trio turn to a criminal act to keep things from going very wrong.
David Morrissey is the latest new cast addition for the upcoming second season of CBS‘ summer drama series Extant. The Walking Dead alum will recur as celebrated and charming General Tobias Shepherd, Head of the Global Security Commission. Shepherd has a personal history with Molly Woods (Halle Berry), a fact that complicates his work (and his life) in the face of a deadly new threat to humanity.
Love Is A Four Letter Word (NBC)
Brian Tee (The Wolverine) will play one of the leads in Love Is A Four Letter Word…It chronicles the collision of race, sexuality and gender roles when three diverse couples put modern marriage to the test. Tee plays Adam, half of one of the three couples, a big, handsome man who is currently dating Sarah, a fellow attorney who shares his taste for sexual adventure, including three-ways with beautiful women.
Tate Ellington (The Mindy Project) is set as a lead in ABC drama pilot Quantico…It revolves around a group of young FBI recruits battling their way through training at the Quantico base in Virginia, one of whom will turn out to be a sleeper terrorist responsible for the most devastating terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11. Ellington…will play one of the trainees, Simon, a hipster cute gay Jewish guy from Brooklyn, a former CPA with a knack for foreign languages.
Vice Principals (HBO)
Walton Goggins has been cast as the co-lead opposite Danny McBride in Vice Principals…Also cast in the 18-episode series is another actor known for drama TV roles, Boardwalk Empire‘s Shea Whigham.
Vice Principals tells the story of a high school and the people who almost run it: the vice principals: Neal Gamby (McBride) and Lee Russell (Goggins), a conniving politician who enters into an unholy alliance with Gamby.
Whigham plays Ray Liptrapp, the new husband of Gamby’s ex (Busy Phillips), and frequent target of his hostility, despite being a genuine and supportive guy.
Jane The Virgin (The CW)
Nia Vardalos has joined the cast of “Jane the Virgin”
The writer-actress-producer is set to guest star as Barbara, a woman who plays a vital role in Jane (Gina Rodriguez) and Rafael’s (Justin Baldoni) blossoming relationship.
The Flash (The CW)
Emily Kinney joins the cast of “The Flash” as the villain Bug-Eyed Bandit/Brie Larvan
Brie, a re-imagining of the classic DC villain Bertram Larvan, is described as a narcissistic tech wizard who wreaks havoc on Central City, which The Flash (Grant Gustin) has sworn to protect. She’s billed as a nemesis for the “Arrow” character Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards), who sometimes crosses over to “The Flash.”
Felicity and Brie will engage in a hacker battle for The Flash’s life on Episode 18 of the freshman drama.
The Shannara Chronicles (MTV)
Brooke Williams will play Catania, a witty and wise Elf who is not only the handmaiden to Amberle (Poppy Drayton) but her trusted best friend in the palace.
Daniel MacPherson will portray Arion, the heir to the Elvin throne. Arion takes himself very seriously and is the opposite of his wilder brother Ander. He has spent his entire life trying to show his father that he is worthy of the crown, and he’s ready to take over, but when his niece Amberle goes missing, his plans become complicated.
Marcus Vanco will appear as Bandon. Feared by his family for his mysterious visions, Bandon is discovered by Wil (Austin Butler) and Amberle starving and chained to a wall. Allanon (Manu Bennett) takes special interest in him, believing his abilities will be integral in saving the Four Lands.
Ryan Hurst has landed a series regular role on WGN America’s drama series Outsiders, a tale of struggle for power and control in the hills of Appalachia, from playwright Peter Mattei…Hurst…will play Lil Foster, the son of Big Foster and brother of Hasil. He is pathologically loyal to his father and will always take his father’s side in an argument or confrontation – until he doesn’t.
Cassie Scerbo (Make It Or Break it) will be back to reprise her role as Nova Clarke in the third installment of Syfy’s Sharknado. She joins returning stars Ian Ziering and Tara Reid in the highly successful B-movie franchise. They round out the returning team of helmer Anthony C. Ferrante, directing from a script by Thunder Levin, and The Asylum producing.
ABC summer series Mistresses has filled its leading quartet, tapping Blue Bloods alumna Jennifer Esposito to star alongside Jes Macallan, Rochelle Aytes and Yunjin Kim. Esposito will play Calista Raines, the uber-fabulous and larger-than-life Creative Director of a luxury fashion brand who has the high-class socialite lifestyle that goes with it. Look beneath the surface, however, and we see her loneliness too – a woman whose fun eccentricities cloak a darker, more devious nature. Calista will become Joss’ (Macallan) friend, mentor, and surrogate sister – drawing Joss deeper and deeper into a world of secrets and betrayal.
Based on the British series, Mistresses is executive produced by KJ Steinberg, who wrote the U.S. version
Mr. Robinson (NBC)
Meagan Good (Think Like A Man franchise) has signed on for a major recurring role on Mr. Robinson, NBC’s upcoming six-episode comedy series starring The Office alum Craig Robinson. The series…stars Robinson as a journeyman musician who gets a job as a music teacher at a middle school. Good will play Victoria Wavers, a successful former Wall Street trader who left to pursue her true calling as a high school English teacher. She replaces Lenora Crichlow, who played the part in the project’s new pilot
Recovery Road (ABC)
Young British actress Jessica Sula (Skins, Love & Marriage) has been cast as the lead, replacing Samantha Logan, who played the role in the pilot. The project also will recast the role of the recovery house counselor, which was a guest star/recurring in the pilot but potentially could become regular. Pilot regular cast members Sebastian De Souza, Kyla Pratt, Sharon Leal and Alexis Carra are staying on. Additionally, the role of Vern, which was a guest star in the pilot, now will be a regular, played by Daniel Franzese.
Written by Bert V. Royal and Karen DiConcetto
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