Fargo, American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, Scream, and other TV productions have made recent TV show casting, TV movie casting, and TV directing news. These shows and movies air on FX and MTV.
Kirsten Dunst and Breaking Bad’s Jesse Plemons are the first actors to close deals for co-starring roles in Fargo’s 10-episode new chapter…Dunst will play Peggy Blomquist, a small-town beautician with big city dreams who is trying to figure out who she really is and what she really wants as she struggles with traditional societal expectations. She shares her home with her husband Ed (Plemons), a butcher’s assistant, who wants to be supportive of his wife’s self-discovery, even if he doesn’t quite understand it.
ABC is taking a second stab at Irreversible, casting Justin Long as the male lead…Irreversible, which is partially improvised in the vein of Curb Your Enthusiasm, centers on Andy (Long) and Sarah, a somewhat eccentric, self-absorbed couple, and their trials and tribulations — most of which they bring upon themselves.
American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson (FX)
FX has set Cuba Gooding Jr. and Sarah Paulson for lead roles in American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, the first installment of Ryan Murphy’s new anthology miniseries, an offshoot of his hit American Horror Story FX franchise.
Gooding Jr. will play football star-turned-murder defendant Simpson and Paulson will portray the case’s prosecutor Marcia Clark. The first two hours will be written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (The People vs. Larry Flynt), with Murphy set to direct.
Untitled Cocaine/Miami pilot (TNT)
Christopher McDonald (Boardwalk Empire) has joined the cast of TNT’s untitled Cocaine/Miami pilot…McDonald…will play Corwin Barre, father of LuAnne (Kristen Hager) and owner of a fishing supply empire who lives with his wife in an affluent community and moves among Miami’s social elite.
David Costabile (Suits) has been cast in the Showtime pilot Billions…The drama takes a forensic look at the world of high finance by tracking the approaching collision between two titanic figures – the hard charging, whip-smart U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti), and the brilliant, ambitious hedge fund king, Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Damian Lewis). Costabile…will play Mike “Wags” Wagner, Chief Operating Officer for the hedge run by Bobby and is his right hand man.
The Last Ship (TNT)
Mark Moses, Brian F. O’Byrne and Nick Court will join the upcoming second season of TNT’s The Last Ship in major recurring roles…Moses…will play a high-ranking U.S. government official trying to protect citizens from the plague. O’Byrne (Mildred Pierce) and Court (300: Rise Of The Empire) are set to play Sean and Ned Ramsey, a pair of British brothers whose plans impact the mission of the USS Nathan James.
Carrie Preston has joined the Showtime comedy pilot Happyish as a recurring. Also tapped for recurring roles in the pilot are Molly Price (Third Watch) and Andre Royo (The Wire)…Preston will play Debbie Dubonte, a Senior Account Director at MGT who could “be the mother” of her two new bosses, and must, like Thom Payne (Coogan), find a way to reinvent herself or lose her job…Price…will play husband and wife Barry and Bella. Barry is a former corporate lawyer who followed his heart to the Family Court, only to find it even more depressing than Corporate Law was. Bella is a divorced mother still struggling to find the best place for herself and her child.
Hemlock Grove (Netflix)
Camille de Pazzis has booked a series regular role on the third season of Netflix’s Hemlock Grove. She’ll play Annie, a mysterious and kind old soul masquerading in a young body who has close ties to the Godfrey family.
Zara Zoe has landed a lead role in TNT drama pilot Lumen written by Chris Black and directed by Joe Johnson. The series centers around a famous author of a best-selling series of fantasy books who suddenly disappears, and a family of four finds themselves transported to the mystical alternate world that inspired her work. Zoe…will play Bailey.
Bella Thorne…told a fan during a Yahoo! Celebrity Facebook Q&A that rumors are true that she’ll appear in the first episode of the television adaptation of Kevin Williamson‘s serial killer franchise, and she won’t be around for long.
“I will re-enact the famous scene of Drew Barrymore in the original,” Thorne said.
For those who don’t remember, Barrymore’s death kicked off the horrific events in Wes Craven‘s 1996 horror movie
The actress’ character, Casey Becker, was the first to get gutted by Ghostface after receiving a mysterious phone call from a stranger asking, “What’s your favorite scary movie?”
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC)
Blair Underwood, whose TV credits include NBC’s sci-fi drama The Event and its remake of Ironside, will have a recurring role and play May’s (Ming-Na Wen) estranged ex-husband Dr. Andrew Garner. The actor will make his debut in a March episode and begins filming the role this week.
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