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TV Casting: DESIGNATED SURVIVOR, CITY ON A HILL, Alexander Skarsgard in THE LITTLE DRUMMER GIRL, & More

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Designated Survivor, City on a Hill, The Little Drummer Girl, and other TV Casting

Designated Survivor, City on a Hill, The Little Drummer Girl, and other TV productions have made recent TV show casting, TV movie casting, and TV directing news. These shows and movies air on: ABC, AMC, BBC, HBO, Netflix, Showtime, Syfy, and TNT. Beware of spoilers in these casting announcements.

The Little Drummer Girl

Alexander Skarsgard has been cast as Becker, “an Israeli intelligence officer, who entangles [Charlie] in a complex and high stakes plot.”

Skarsgard joins Florence Pugh in Park Chan-wook television series.

The Little Drummer Girl‘s plot synopsis: based on the novel by John le Carré, “In The Little Drummer Girl, brilliant young actress Charlie strikes up an acquaintance with an intriguing stranger while on holiday in Greece, but it rapidly becomes apparent that his intentions are far from romantic. The man is Becker, an Israeli intelligence officer, who entangles her in a complex and high stakes plot which unfolds as she takes on the role of a lifetime in the ‘theatre of the real’. Set in the late 1970s, yet sharply contemporary, The Little Drummer Girl weaves a dynamic and exciting story of espionage and international intrigue; of love and betrayal.”

The six-part series will air on BBC ONE and AMC.

Designated Survivor (ABC)

Breckin Meyer has been cast as Trey Kirkman, the polar opposite of his older brother, United States President Tom Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland). “Trey is smart, outgoing, a bit of a free spirit but grounded enough to have forged a successful career in the world of finance. He’s been estranged from Tom for years but they reconnect, as Trey becomes an important confidant and counselor to his brother, especially in personal matters.”

Meyer joins a cast that already includes Natascha McElhone, Adan Canto, Italia Ricci, LaMonica Garrett, Kal Penn, and Maggie Q.

One Day She’ll Darken (TNT)

Connie Nielsen has been cast as Corinna Hodel, “a fading socialite beauty with a cigarette in a long black holder; an alcoholic who’s seen her family shattered, her fortunes tossed to the winds… Corinna finds herself a keeper of secrets, but none more fearsome than those she keeps from herself.”

Nielsen joins already cast India Eisley, Jefferson Mays, Yul Vazquez, Justin Cornwell, Dylan Smith, Jay Paulson, and Golden Brooks in the Patty Jenkins-directed mini-series.

One Day She’ll Darken was written by Sam Sheridan.

One Day She’ll Darken‘s plot synopsis: “One Day She’ll Darken tells the incredible story of Fauna Hodel (India Eisley) who was given away at birth. As Fauna begins to investigate the secrets to her past, she follows a sinister trail that swirls ever closer to an infamous Hollywood gynecologist, Dr. George Hodel (Jefferson Mays), a man involved in the darkest Hollywood debauchery.”

True Detective (HBO)

Carmen Ejogo has been cast as Amelia Reardon, an “Arkansas schoolteacher with a connection to two missing children in 1980.”

Ejogo joins already cast Mahershala Ali in the Jeremy Salnier-directed third season.

True Detective: Season 3 was written by Nic Pizzolatto and David Milch.

True Detective: Season 3’s plot synopsis: “Season three will tell the story of a macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods. Ejogo will play the female lead, Amelia Reardon, an Arkansas schoolteacher with a connection to two missing children in 1980. Ali (Moonlight) stars as Wayne Hays, a state police detective from Northwest Arkansas.”

Fear the Walking Dead (AMC)

Garret Dillahunt has been cast in an unspecified role.

The Good Cop (Netflix)

Isiah Whitlock Jr. has been cast as Burl Loomis, a veteran homicide detective “who’s marking the days left until retirement. Slow on his feet but quick with a deadpan retort, he has little patience for the department’s younger, more energetic members.”

Whitlock joins already cast Tony Danza and Josh Groban in the Netflix.

Andy Breckman wrote the scripts for the 10-episode first season.

Krypton (Syfy)

Blake Ritson has been cast as Brainiac, a parasitic, “hyper-advanced alien android of immense intelligence and one of Superman’s oldest and most dangerous enemies.”

Paula Malcomson has been cast as Charys, “the matriarch of House El who helps her son Seg navigate the treacherous pitfalls of Kandor City, their Kryptonian home embattled with oppression and revolt.”

Ritson and Malcomson join already cast Cameron Cuffe, Georgina Campbell, Elliot Cowan, and Shaun Sipos.

Krypton‘s plot synopsis: “Set two generations before the destruction of the legendary Man of Steel’s home planet, Krypton follows Superman’s grandfather (Cameron Cuffe, The Halcyon) — whose House of El was ostracized and shamed — as he fights to redeem his family’s honor and save his beloved world from chaos.”

David S. Goyer and Ian Goldberg wrote the pilot episode script.

Quantico (ABC)

Alan Powell cast as Season 3 regular Mike McQuigg, “whom we meet undercover in a white supremacist militia, which is involved in a bioweapon attack.”

City on a Hill (Showtime)

Mark O’Brien has been cast as Jimmy Ryan O’Brien, “the younger brother of Frankie Ryan [Kevin Bacon], who is the leader of the Two Saints Gang that robs banks in Boston. Jimmy has addiction problems, psychiatric problems and is generally unpredictable, unreliable and selfish. Against his better judgement, Frankie lets Jimmy join his gang on a bank job.”

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