Magic City alum Jeffrey Dean Morgan is set to co-star opposite Halle Berry on the CBS summer drama series Extant. Morgan is expected to play the male lead on the sci-fi series’ second season. His character, JD Richter, is a roguish womanizer and a cop of the future, a free-wheeling, hard-drinking and fearless, bordering on reckless mercenary/bounty hunter, mostly because he’s got nothing to lose. He is the everyman who thought he had seen everything until Molly Woods (Halle Berry) enters his life.
Vice Principals (HBO)
Busy Philipps has joined Vice Principals, HBO’s 18-episode comedy series from Eastbound & Down creators Danny McBride and Jody Hill. Vice Principals tells the story of a high school and the people who almost run it: the vice principals, Neal Gamby (McBride) and Lee Russell. Philipps will play Gale Liptrapp, ex-wife of Neal Gamby and loving mother to his child who has remarried and has no tolerance for Gamby’s antics.
Ray Donovan (Showtime)
Fairuza Balk (American History X, Almost Famous) and Shree Crooks (Extant) have been tapped for recurring roles on the third season of Showtime drama Ray Donovan…Balk…will play Ginger, Audrey’s mother and a prostitute who befriends Mickey (Voight). Crooks…plays Audrey, a precocious nine-year-old who Mickey takes under his wing.
[Jason Butler Harner wil] recur as Varick Strauss, Andrew Finney’s (Ian McShane) cool, calculating right-hand man in the third season of the Showtime drama starring Liev Schreiber as L.A.’s best professional fixer.
a half-hour comedy project starring Idina Menzel. Written by Randi Barnes (Legends Of Oz: Dorothy’s Return), Happy Time is described as a comedy about a woman (Menzel) in the public eye who’s ready to stop pretending she’s so damned happy all the time.
Criminal Minds spinoff (CBS)
Anna Gunn is set as the female lead opposite Gary Sinise in CBS’ Criminal Minds planted spinoff. The proposed spinoff will air as an episode of the mothership series this season written by Criminal Minds executive producer/showrunner Erica Messer.
Gunn will play Ally Lambert, an international law expert and talented linguist. She’s smart, capable and an indispensable part of the team that makes sure bad guys worldwide don’t slip through the murky waters of international law.
Michael Cuesta is set to direct Fox drama pilot Frankenstein, written and executive produced by Crisis and Life creator Rand Ravich
Described as a grounded sci-fi drama that takes inspiration from the basic Mary Shelley mythology of a man brought back to life by scientists playing god, Frankenstein centers on Ray Pritchard, a morally corrupt retired cop who is given a second chance at life when he is brought back from the dead. Now younger and stronger, Pritchard will have to choose between his old temptations and his new sense of purpose.
Jessica Jones (Netflix)
Rachael Taylor has joined the cast of Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones. She will play Patricia ‘Trish’ Walker, a syndicated radio talk show host, former model and child TV star known to her adoring fans as “Patsy” Walker. As Jessica Jones’ (Krysten Ritter) closest friend, Trish helps her embark on the most dangerous case of Jessica’s career.
Mehcad Brooks (Necessary Roughness, True Blood) is set to co-star opposite Melissa Benoist in CBS’ pilot Supergirl…Brooks will play James Olsen, a photographer at CatCo, the media company where Kara (Benoist) works. He recently has been living and working in National City, though the reason is still a secret.
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