Go Jerrod Go, Queen Of The South, 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 NBC, USA, and FX.
Childhood’s End (Syfy)
Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck) and Daisy Betts (Shutter) have been added to the cast of Syfy’s Childhood’s End…McMahon will play Rupert Boyce, an enigmatic entrepreneur. Betts is set as the female lead, Ellie, an arts graduate engaged to marry Ricky Stormgren (Mike Vogel), the most influential human in the world.
Vice Principals (HBO)
Da’vine Joy Randolph has been cast as a female lead in Vice Principals, HBO’s 18-episode comedy series…Also cast in the series…is Sheaun McKinney (Graceland)…Randolph plays Dr. Belinda Brown, the confident & powerful new Principal at Lincoln High school. McKinney…plays Dayshawn, a cafeteria worker at Lincoln High, an easy going guy who’s friendly but a bit wary of the Vice Principals.
Neil Jackson (Sleepy Hollow) has joined the cast of TNT drama pilot, Lumen, written by Chris Black and directed by Joe Johnson…Jackson…will play Prince Dai of Lumen who’s also the long lost husband and father of the family. Stunned to see his wife and son in Lumen, Dai explains how he came to be on Earth and why he left them, unwillingly, to go back to Lumen, his home.
C.J. Valleroy (Unbroken), Fiona Shaw (Harry Potter), Christina Cole (Rosemary’s Baby), Nadja Bobyleva (Getting A Life) and Jon Brazier (The Piano) have rounded out the cast of TNT drama pilot Lumen…Valleroy will play Charlie Drake, a teenager whose obsession with a series of fantasy books intensifies when he witnesses the author disappear in a blinding flash right in front of him. He tries for years to solve the mystery, ultimately opening up a portal into a surreal world called Lumen and transporting himself there, along with his family. Shaw plays Empress D’Laria, the imposing Empress of the magical kingdom of Lumen, whose teenage grandson Charlie (Valleroy) has just found his way into her surreal world after having been raised on Earth. D’Laria and her son, Prince Dai (Neil Jackson), find themselves fighting a brutal war against D’Laria’s daughter, Aelin Rose, who is leading a rebellion. Bobyleva plays Nora, a servant within the Empress’ palace who is hiding her loyalty to rebel forces. Cole is Jamie, Charlie’s (Valleyroy) mother, and Brazier plays Thane, a powerful sorcerer and advisor to the Empress, whose dark inclinations make him a dangerous force in the surreal world of Lumen.
Giacomo Gianniotti has landed a role in Marilyn, Lifetime’s upcoming four-hour miniseries about tragic Hollywood icon, Marilyn Monroe. Gianniotti…will play Jimmy Dougherty, a Los Angeles detective who was once married to Marilyn (Kelli Garner).
Embeth Davidtz and Jack Noseworthy (Killing Kennedy) have been cast opposite Kelli Garner and Susan Sarandon in Marilyn…
Cleveland Abduction (Lifetime)
Taryn Manning, Pam Grier (Jackie Brown), Joe Morton (Scandal) and Samantha Droke (Eastwick) have rounded out the cast of Lifetime original movie Cleveland Abduction (fka The Michelle Knight Story), about the ordeal of the 21-year-old Ohio single mom who becomes the first victim of Nylon Magazine May Young Hollywood Issue Party – kidnapper Ariel Castro. Manning will star as Knight, a 21-year-old single mom fighting for custody of her two-year-old son, whose life was irrevocably changed when she was abducted by Ariel Castro (Raymond Cruz) on August 22, 2002, in Cleveland.
Manu Bennett…has booked a series regular role on MTV’s Shannara
Bennett will play Allanon, a druid who is the last of his kind in the world of Shannara. He is described as a wise, perceptive and serious man who knows something incredibly important has begun when the wise tree Ellcrys starts to die. He enlists Wil (Austin Butler) to fulfill his destiny and save the four lands.
Ana Gasteyer and Anthony Edwards will play the mother and father of Zosia Mamet’s character in “Girls” Season 4
Little is known about the Shapiro family unit, but Shoshanna does get irked with her parents when they make a big deal of her diploma signing.
Peter Scolari and Becky Ann Baker also return as the parents of Hannah (Lena Dunham) in the new season, as well as Rita Wilson as the mother of Marnie (Allison Williams). Other returning guest stars include Jon Glaser, Gaby Hoffman, Louise Lasser and Bob Balaban.
Natasha Lyonne, Gillian Jacobs, Marc Maron, Zachary Quinto, Jason Ritter, Maude Apatow and Spike Jonze are also set for guest shots.
The Flash (The CW)
Nicholas Gonzalez…will make his debut on the CW superhero show on episode 16, titled “Rogue Time”
Gonzalez will play Dante, the older, charming and savvy brother of Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes)…Dante is the family favorite child, but always secretly resented Cisco’s success.
Peyton List has joined the cast of “The Flash”
List, who will first appear on episode 16, will play Leonard Snart’s (Wentworth Miller) younger, wild child sister, Lisa, better known as The Golden Glider in DC Comics.
American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson (FX)
David Schwimmer is set to star in the project based on the book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson…Schwimmer will play O.J. Simpson’s confidant and attorney Robert Kardashian
HBO is finalizing deals for the single-camera project, which [Sarah Jessica Parker] is expected to star in and executive produce.
Divorce…is being written by British writer-actress Sharon Horgan. It tells the story of a very, very long divorce and is expected to be produced in New York where Parker lives
Once Upon A Time (ABC)
Ernie Hudson has been cast as King Poseidon in ABC’s Once Upon A Time. He will appear in episode 15 of the fairytale drama’s current fourth season. In a twist, in addition to being the the powerful deity of legend, in the OUAT world, we will also discover that Poseidon is the father of the villainous Ursula, played by Merrin Dungey. The two will be joined by JoAnna Garcia Swisher, who will be reprising her role as Ariel.
A Better Bushwick (Fox)
Keith and Kenny Lucas…are set to star in A Better Bushwick, a single camera comedy project for Fox. Written and co-executive produced by Christian Lander (Bordertown), Keith Lucas and Kenny Lucas, A Better Bushwick will mirror the real-life story of identical twin brothers Keith and Kenny dropping out of their third year at Duke and NYU law schools, respectively, in order to pursue their dreams. In real life, the two left to pursue careers as actor/comedians. On the show, they will do it to become community organizers.
Go Jerrod Go (NBC)
Loretta Devine (Grey’s Anatomy) has been cast opposite Jerrod Carmichael in Go Jerrod Go, NBC’s multi-camera pilot written by Carmichael and Nick Stoller…The project follows a young couple, Jerrod (Carmichael) and Maxine (Amber West), who decide to move in together, but when it comes time to tell Jerrod’s parents, he finds every reason in the world to hold off on breaking the news to them. Devine…will play Jerrod’s mother.
Queen Of The South (USA)
Hemky Madera (Weeds) is set for a role opposite Alice Braga in USA Network’s drama pilot Queen Of The South…Queen Of The South centers on Teresa Mendoza (Braga), who’s forced to go on the run when her drug-dealing boyfriend is unexpectedly murdered in Mexico. She seeks refuge in America, where she teams with an unlikely figure from her past to bring down the leader of the very drug trafficking ring that has her on the run. In the process, she learns the tools of the trade and strategically positions herself to become the leader of the cartel. Madera…will play violent cartel henchman Pote Galvez.
Untitled half-hour comedy pilot (HBO)
Sarah Silverman…is headlining a half-hour comedy pilot for the premium cable network. Written by Secret Diary Of A Call Girl creator Lucy Prebble, the untitled project is described as a comic look at a pathologically honest woman having a modern mid-life crisis.
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