Code Black, Dominion, Blindspot, and other TV productions have made recent TV show casting, TV movie casting, and TV directing news. These shows and movies air on CBS, Syfy, and NBC.
Dr. Ken (ABC)
Albert Tsai has been cast opposite Ken Jeong in another ABC comedy project, Joeng’s pilot Dr. Ken…Written by Jared Stern, Mike O’Connell and Jeong, who is a licensed physician, Dr. Ken stars Jeong as a frustrated HMO doctor juggling medicine, marriage and parenting, and succeeding at none of them. Tsai will play his son.
Women In Space (HBO)
Roach and Gore are separately teamed up for the HBO comedy pilot Women In Space, about a group of women on a mission to colonize another planet, with Gore writing and Roach directing.
Delores & Jermaine (ABC)
Whoopi Goldberg has signed on as the co-lead opposite Jermaine Fowler in ABC’s multi-camera comedy pilot Delores & Jermaine.
Written by comedian Fowler based on his life, Delores & Jermaine, an Odd Couple for the new generation, stars Fowler as a millennial with big ideas, but very little drive, who moves in with his estranged grandmother (Goldberg), a strict, football-loving, former D.C. cop who needs his youthful enthusiasm in her life as much as he needs her old-school parenting. [Danny Chun] wrote the script with Fowler
Jaimie Alexander…has signed on as the female lead in NBC pilot Blindspot…The pilot, written by Martin Gero and directed by Mark Pellington, centers on Jane Doe (Alexander), a beautiful woman who finds herself at the center of an investigation after climbing out of a duffel bag in the middle of Times Square in New York City with her memory wiped and no clue as to what the extensive tattoos on her body mean. The FBI begin to follow the road map on her body to reveal a larger conspiracy while bringing her closer to discovering the truth about her identity.
Gillian Alexy has landed the female lead in WGN America’s drama series Outsiders, a tale of struggle for power and control in the hills of Appalachia…Alexy…will play G’Winn Farrell. With a toughness that comes from living off the land in the mountains for all of her life, G’Winn is a survivor and unexpected, piercing beauty. As Asa’s friend and confidante, she will push him to take a position of power among their people.
Simon Merrells (The Tomorrow People, The Wolfman) has booked an eight-episode arc on Syfy drama Dominion…Merrells…will play Julian, the cunning and powerful leader of New Delphi who will go to any lengths to protect his city.
Untitled NBA buddy comedy pilot (ABC)
Skylar Astin has been cast as one of the two leads in ABC’s untitled NBA buddy comedy pilot
Written/executive produced by Casey Johnson and David Windsor, the single-camera NBA project, from ABC Studios, is a buddy comedy about an NBA rookie who doesn’t speak English and a translator who doesn’t speak basketball.
Astin will play the translator, Jason, an average-sweet and a little wimpy guy with no athletic prowess who is working as a teaching assistant and living in his parents’ basement when he is recruited by the NBA team. A munchkin among giants in the world of professional basketball, Jason soon discovers that he’s being paid to be a lot more than just a translator. He also must be the new player’s 24/7 guide/best friend/mentor and protector, and he also has to find a way to light a fire under this incredibly tall and talented athlete who seems to lack drive.
Code Black (CBS)
Marcia Gay Harden…has been cast in CBS pilot Code Black, a medical drama written by Intelligence creator Michael Seitzman and directed by David Semel.
Harden will play Christa, a former soccer mom whose son died of cancer. She is now a newly minted, talented and dedicated doctor whose experience handling her son’s disease, coupled with her intuition and life experience, makes her see things that often escape her much younger fellow residents.
John Stamos untitled project, aka Grandpa
Josh Peck has been cast as a lead opposite John Stamos in Full House alum’s single-camera comedy pilot at Fox. In the untitled project, aka Grandpa, Stamos plays Jimmy, a charismatic longtime bachelor whose life is upended when he discovers he’s a father — and a grandfather. Peck plays the son Jimmy didn’t know he had – a sweet unemployed techie who is himself the proud and surprisingly capable father of a two-year-old daughter, the product of a one-night stand with the sexy Vanessa. Danny Chun wrote the script
Guardians of the Galaxy (Disney XD)
Disney XD has found its Rocket Raccoon and Groot.
Kevin Michael Richardson will voice the tree-like humanoid while Trevor Devall will take over as the engineered bounty hunter/mercenary raccoon in the upcoming animated series.
Arrow (The CW)
Doug Jones will make his debut as DC Comics villain Deathbolt. He’ll be seen in the nineteenth episode of Season 3, entitled, “Broken Arrow.”
In Arrow, Jake Simmons will be a metahuman with the ability to harness and weaponize plasma energy.
Deathbolt is notable as the first time a metahuman or fully super-powered villain will appear on the series, not to mention make their debut there – though the show began to dabble with the idea of enemies of this sort via the strength-enhanced Mirakuru soldiers seen in Season 2.
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