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TV Casting: CONSTANTINE, DOCTOR WHO, SHADES OF BLUE, RAY DONOVAN

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Constantine, Doctor Who, Shades of Blue, Ray Donovan, and other TV shows have all made recent TV show casting news. These shows air on CBS, BBC, ABC, NBC, Showtime, and Fox respectively.

Constantine (NBC)

Matt Ryan…is finalizing a deal to play the lead in NBC’s drama pilot Constantine, from Warner Bros TV. Based on the characters in DC Comics’ John Constantine stories, the project centers on John Constantine (Ryan), an enigmatic and irreverent con man-turned-reluctant supernatural detective who is thrust into the role of defending us against dark forces from beyond. John Constantine is described as a working-class Londoner with rakish good looks, scruffy blond hair, deadpan humor, and signature trench coat, who has been studying the dark arts since he was a teenager. When the daughter of a late friend is targeted by demons, Constantine steps in to save her.

Ray Donovan (Showtime)

NEW YORK, NY – (February 24, 2014) – Emmy-winning and Oscar®–nominated actress Ann-Margret (Tommy, Law &Order: SVU) will guest star in a recurring role on the second season of the hit SHOWTIME drama series Ray Donovan. Ann-Margret will play the ever-beautiful June Wilson, a major star back in her day who has a past with Ray’s boss Ezra Goldman (Elliott Gould).  Anchored by series leads Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight, Ann-Margret joins an impressive list of guest stars this season including Hank Azaria, Wendell Pierce, Sherilyn Fenn, Vinessa Shaw and Kip Pardue.  Production on the second season’s 12 episodes is currently underway in Los Angeles and is set for a summer premiere on SHOWTIME.

A consummate entertainer, Ann-Margret has won an Emmy®, and received five other Emmy nominations, has been nominated twice for an Academy Award® and won five Golden Globe® Awards.   She won the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama for NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU” and she received an Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nomination for Best Actress in a Movie for Television, starring as the legendary Pamela Harriman in the Lifetime film, “Life of the Party.”  Ann-Margret was also nominated for a Grammy® for her CD, “God is Love: The Gospel Sessions,” and has released her second gospel album.

Set in the sprawling mecca of the rich and famous, RAY DONOVAN stars Liev Schreiber as LA’s best professional fixer, the man called in to make the city’s celebrities, superstar athletes, and business moguls’ most complicated and combustible situations go away. This powerful drama unfolds when his father, Mickey Donovan, played by Jon Voight in his Golden Globe-winning role, is unexpectedly released from prison, setting off a chain of events that shakes the Donovan family to its core.  The cast also includes Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok, Steven Bauer, Katherine Moennig, Pooch Hall, Kerris Dorsey and Devon Bagby.

Shades Of Blue (NBC)

a drama toplined by Jennifer Lopez, which she will executive produce with her American Idol co-star Ryan Seacrest…Shades of Blue is a complex police series that centers on Harlee McCord (Lopez), a single mother and detective recruited to work undercover for the FBI’s anti-corruption task force. Part of a close-knit unit known for its conviction record, Harlee has become compromised by her colleagues — all of whom also pitch in to help her raise her daughter — and finds herself faced with the moral dilemma of working against her cop brothers in order to redeem herself.

Doctor Who (BBC)

Samuel Anderson (The History Boys, Gavin & Stacey) is joining the cast for series 8 which also introduces Peter Capaldi as the newest incarnation of the Time Lord. Anderson will play recurring character Danny Pink, a teacher at Coal Hill School where companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) also teaches.

Mysteries Of Laura (NBC)

Laz Alonso has been tapped to co-star opposite Debra Messing in NBC’s drama pilot The Mysteries Of Laura, written by Jeff Rake and directed by McG…Alonso…plays Billy, Laura’s partner in crime.

Agatha (ABC)

Meta Golding…and Jee Young Han…have been cast in Agatha…Golding…will play Stacy Soto, a smart, sassy, tough-as-nails DA who is not only Agatha’s nemesis but is dating Agatha’s father…Young…plays Chelsea, the rookie cop assigned to liaise Agatha.

The Visitors (ABC)

Catalina Denis (Brick Mansions) and Kyle Harrison Breitkopf (Parental Guidance) have joined the cast of The Visitors…Denis…plays Dr. Maria Martinez, who tends to John Doe in the hospital…Breitkopf will play Henry, Agent Claire Bennigan’s deaf, 7-year-old son who lost his dad to an accident three months ago.

Seas of Fire (ABC)

Kevin G. Schmidt…has been cast in ABC’s drama pilot Sea Of Fire…Schmidt…will play Zander Harper, who’s dating Jane and becomes a suspect in her disappearance.

The Winklers (ABC)

Domenick Lombardozzi…is set to star and Eva Amurri Martino…to co-star opposite Henry Winkler in ABC’s comedy pilot The Winklers…The Winkles centers on Jack (Lombardozzi), an emotionally reserved construction worker who learns about love, life and hugs while unexpectedly living with his in-laws — successful actor Henry (Winkler) and Tita Winkler.

Lifesaver (NBC)

Christian Borle…is set to star in NBC’s multi-camera comedy pilot Lifesaver…The odd couple comedy centers on two polar opposites, the uptight, controlling and a bit neurotic Dr. Graham Permenter (Borle) and loose cannon Leon (Jonathan Ryland), who become inextricably linked after Leon saves Graham’s life by giving him a kidney.

Dead Boss (Fox)

Cedric Yarborough (Reno 911) is set as a regular in Fox‘s half-hour pilot Dead Boss…Dead Boss is a comedic mystery that finds overachiever Helen Stephens (Jane Krakowski) wrongfully convicted of murdering her boss and forced to rely on her train wreck of a sister to prove her innocence.

Exposed (ABC)

Sandrine Holt (Hostages), Pedro Pascal (Game Of Thrones) and Peter De Jersey have been cast in ABC’s drama pilot Exposed…It centers on Anna, an investigative journalist who will stop at nothing to uncover the truth including making questionable alliances. Holt…plays Jill, a managing editor at the magazine, she wants Anna to look into the whistle blower story and is somewhat irked when Anna declines. Pascal…plays Oscar, Anna’s boyfriend, who’s frustrated Anna is unwilling to take their relationship to the next level. De Jersey plays Elvis, a once great rock critic, now West Coast political editor.

Warriors (ABC)

Hampton Fluker and Justina Machado have booked series regular roles in ABC’s medical drama pilot Warriors…Machado…will play Anna, the chief surgical scrub nurse for Dr. George Mann (Don Hany), who is impervious to his teasing but not his bad jokes. Fluker…will play Army Corporal Marlon Jones who is wounded in Afghanistan by an IED attack and is brought to Walter Reed for his care.

The Mistake (CBS)

Julianna Guill…has been cast as a regular in CBS pilot The Mistake, a multi-camera comedy…the story centers around a couple who had just “finished” raising their kids when they discover they’re pregnant. Guill…will play oldest child Gretchen who has just landed a high-paying job as a consultant and is particularly embarrassed by her parents’ pregnancy.

Sober Companion (CBS)

Ally Maki has booked a regular role on Fox‘s comedy pilot Sober Companion…Maki will play Kamiko, Robert’s ex-wife, a Japanese party girl who likes to drink.

Forever (ABC)

Ioan Gruffudd is set as the lead in ABC’s drama pilot Forever…It centers on Dr. Henry Morgan (Gruffudd), New York City’s star medical examiner. But what no one knows is Henry studies the dead for a reason – he is immortal. His investigative work with Detective Jo Martinez and relationship with best friend Abe (Judd Hirsch) will peel back the layers of Henry’s colorful and long life.

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Source: Showtime, Deadline

 

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