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TV Casting: DEAD PEOPLE, CASUAL, Connie Britton in AMERICAN CRIME STORY: THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON

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Dead People, Casual, American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson and other TV productions have made recent TV show casting, TV movie casting, and TV directing news. These shows and movies air on The CW, Hulu, and FX.

Casual (Hulu)

Frances Conroy and Nyasha Hatendi (The Ghost) are set as series regulars in Hulu’s single-camera comedy series Casual…Conroy…will play Dawn, Alex and Valerie’s mother, an austere and emotionally calculating woman who can manipulate her children into feeling any way she wants. Hatendi will play Leon, a newly single man looking for true love who is Valerie’s first one-night stand and subsequently becomes close friends with Alex.

Take It From Us (NBC)

Chris Douglass (Hollidaysburg) has been cast as the male lead opposite Stacy Farber in NBC comedy pilot Take It From Us…Douglass…will play Luke, who is not a rule-follower but a risk taker. It’s that quality that led him to move from Seattle to New York without a college degree to try to be a journalist. So far, it’s working. Kind of. He’s a lowly headline writer but is hoping to get promoted soon.

The Curse Of The Fuentes Women (NBC)

Blunt Talk (Starz)

Trace Lysette (Transparent) has booked a series regular role in The Curse Of The Fuentes Women…Lysette…will play Gloria, the brash transgender hostess at Café Fuentes, Gloria is never shy about voicing her opinions, often to her own detriment. Lysette also is set for a guest role on Starz’s pilot Blunt Talk.

Cooper Barrett’s Guide To Surviving Life (Fox)

Maureen Sebastian (Revolution) is set as a series regular in Fox comedy pilot Cooper Barrett’s Guide To Surviving Life…Sebastian…will play Cooper’s over-achieving, loving and very self-sufficient sister-in-law Leslie Barrett.

Last Resort (Hallmark Channel)

The Fosters‘ Teri Polo and One Tree Hill alum Paul Johansson have landed starring roles in Last Resort, a Hallmark Channel original movie…Last Resort follows a couple (Polo and Johansson) on the brink of divorce, only to take an unexpected journey when they work together on planning and preparing their daughter’s upcoming nuptials. Chloe Babcook, Lini Evans, Malcolm Stewart and Christopher Russell co-star.

Tyrant (FX)

After recurring on the first season of FX’s Tyrant, Cameron Gharaee was has been promoted to series regular for Season 2. Gharaee plays Ahmed Al-Fayeed, the entitled son of Jamal Al-Fayeed (Ashraf Barhom).

American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson (FX)

Connie Britton is the latest addition to FX’s American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson…the American Horror Story alum will play Faye Resnick in the upcoming miniseries.

Dead People (The CW)

Jaime Lee Kirchner (Mercy) is set as the female lead opposite Andrew J. West in the CW pilot Dead People

Kirchner…will play Charly, a tough, talented, no-nonsense cop who’s seen it all – but is unprepared for Floyd (West), who talks to the dead. Though she thinks he’s a nut case at first, she soon realizes he’s telling the truth and decides that he could prove to be very helpful with her police work.

Angel From Hell (CBS)

Maggie Lawson is set as the co-lead opposite Jane Lynch in CBS’ half-hour single-camera comedy pilot Angel From Hell…When the larger-than-life, brassy and flamboyant Amy (Lynch) enters Allison’s (Lawson) life and claims to be her guardian angel, they form an unlikely friendship, and Allison can’t be sure if Amy is an angel or just nuts. Allison, a multi-tasker and perfectionist, is inclined to believe that Amy (Lynch) is just another wingnut, except that every last one of Amy’s pronouncements comes true.

Happy Life (CBS)

Minnie Driver is set as the female lead opposite Steven Weber in Happy Life

Driver has been cast as a guest star in the pilot…Happy Life has a series regular option on Driver should the pilot go to series

Driver will play his wife Maggie, a former doctor who left that grind to embark on a new career teaching people “mindful meditation” out of her home studio. She’s the mother of Lucy and Andrew.

Original Sin (ABC)

Alex Steele has joined the cast of ABC’s drama pilot, “Original Sin”

Steele will play the younger version of Floriana Lima’s Bridey Howard, who is a local newspaper reporter with a mysterious connection to Adam. The role will recur if ABC orders the pilot to series.

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Source: Deadline, Thewrap

 

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