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TV Casting: GOTHAM, HOUSE OF LIES, Amanda Righetti in COLONY

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Gotham, House of Lies, The Colony, and other TV productions have made recent TV show casting, TV movie casting, and TV directing news. These shows and movies air on Fox, Showtime, and USA.

Gotham (Fox)

Morena Baccarin…has joined the cast of the Batman universe drama as a recurring this season and is slated to become a regular in Season 2.

She will play Dr. Leslie Thompkins, a gifted and dedicated physician who was a friend of Bruce Wayne’s parents, Thomas and Martha. She is determined to use her skills to aid Gotham’s most in need, which currently means working at the newly opened Arkham Asylum’s Home for the Criminally Insane. In addition to her medical skills, her coolness under pressure will serve her well as she finds herself drawn close to James Gordon and into more and more dangerous waters.

Mr. Robot (USA)

Christian Slater has been cast in the title role of USA Network’s cyber-crime drama pilot Mr Robot. The project, from Universal Cable Prods, centers on a young programmer, Elliot (Rami Malek), who suffers from a debilitating anti-social disorder and decides that he can only connect to people by hacking them. He will find himself in the intersection between a cybersecurity firm he works for and the underworld organizations recruiting him to bring down corporate America.

Slater will play Mr. Robot, a mysterious anarchist who recruits Elliot into an underground hacker group. Co-starring in the pilot are Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin and Martin Wallström.

Gloria Reuben (Lincoln) has booked a recurring role in USA Network’s cyber-crime drama pilot Mr Robot…Reuben will play Elliot’s psychologist Krista, who is trying her best to break through their frustratingly silent sessions together.

The Finger (ABC)

ABC has bought The Finger, a single-camera comedy written by Modern Family co-executive producer Ben Karlin and starring British writer-actor Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead). The project…will have Frost star as Nick Ferguson aka The Finger, the world’s most famous jewel thief who wants to quit his life of crime, open up a humble sandwich shop and do right by his 9-year-old son — and all of that that is really hard to do.

F Is for Family (Netflix)

F Is for Family, a six-part series, will debut in all Netflix territories in 2015 and counts [Bill Burr], Laura Dern and Justin Long among its voice cast.

Silicon Valley (HBO)

[Rebecca Creskoff] will play Laurie Bream, an executive at the [startup] company…Creskoff’s addition is expected to help fill the void left by the death of Christopher Evan Welch who played the company’s investor Peter Gregory in Season 1.

House of Lies (Showtime)

Mary McCormack (In Plain Sight) has signed on as guest star on the fourth season of the hit SHOWTIME comedy series HOUSE OF LIES. McCormack will play Denna Altshuler, a tough, highly successful white knight investor who Marty (series star and executive producer Don Cheadle in his Golden Globe® Award-winning and three-time Emmy®-nominated role) recruits to help save Kaan & Associates. Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Alicia Witt (Justified) will also guest star as Maya Lindholm, a brilliant engineer who comes to Marty’s rescue when he’s in a bind. McCormack and Witt join previously announced guest stars Larenz Tate (Rush), who returns as Marty’s brother Malcolm, and Demetri Martin (The Daily Show with John Stewart) and Valorie Curry (The Following).

Happyish (Showtime)

Steve Coogan (Philomena, Alan Partridge) is set to star in the SHOWTIME comedy pilot HAPPYISH.

Coogan will star in the lead role of Thom Payne, a 44 year-old man whose world is thrown into disarray when his 25 year-old “wunderkind” boss arrives, saying things like “digital,” “social” and “viral.” Is he in need of a “rebranding,” as his mentor insists, or does he just have a “low joy ceiling,” as his corporate headhunter suggests? Maybe pursuing happiness is a fool’s errand? Maybe, after 44 years on this ludicrous planet, settling for happyish is the best one can expect.

South Of Hell (WE tv)

Zachary Booth (Keep The Lights On), Bill Irwin (CSI), Drew Moerlein (V/H/S), Lamman Rucker (Meet The Browns), and Paulina Singer (How To Make It In America) are set to join lead Mena Suvari as series regulars on the supernatural thriller…Lydia Hearst (Cabin Fever: Patient Zero), Slate Holmgren (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) and Lauren Velez (Dexter) have been tapped for recurring roles.

Booth will play David Abascal, Maria’s brother and closest companion who has a few of his own real-world demons: an addiction to heroin and a lust for troublesome women. Irwin is Enos Abascal, Maria and David’s once cunning and superbly manipulative father and the leader of a notorious devil worship cult known as the Order of Everlasting. Moerlein plays Dusty, Maria’s handsome, ex-military neighbor and the local handyman. Rucker plays Reverend Elijah Bledsoe, a priest with a strong attraction to and interest in Maria, and father to Grace (Paulina Singer), his bi-racial daughter who has experienced extraordinary emotional trauma.

Hearst recurs as Charlotte Roberts, a southern belle oozing sex appeal, which she knows how to use; Holmgren as Sweetmouth, a major drug dealer in the area; and Velez as Tetra, Maria and David’s spiritual informant, often pointing them in the direction of the demonically possessed.

The Americans (FX)

Karen Pittman (Begin Again) has been tapped for a recurring role on the third season of FX’s Cold War drama The Americans. She will play Lisa, a struggling mother and recovering alcoholic who works on the assembly line of a highly classified Defense Department project and just became the Alcoholic Anonymous sponsor of newly sober Michele. But what Lisa doesn’t know is that Michele is actually an alias being used by covert KGB spy Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell), who wants information on Lisa’s classified project — and their fast friendship is belied by Elizabeth’s ulterior motives.

Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles (Lifetime)

Lifetime had picked up a follow-up six-episode limited series, Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles, with Christina Ricci set to reprise her role as the notorious murderer. Also returning for the series is the movie’s Clea DuVall, who will also reprise her role as Lizzie Borden’s sister, Emma. The series, from Sony Pictures TV, which produced the movie, will debut in 2015.

Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles will feature a fictionalized account of actual events and people surrounding Lizzie’s life after her controversial acquittal of the horrific double murder of her father and stepmother in 1892, when the exonerated figure lives a life awash in newfound celebrity. But when numerous people close to Lizzie – ranging from her half-brother to Broadway luminaries and the head of the criminal underworld — start to die mysteriously under brutal and strange circumstances, legendary Pinkerton detective Charlie Siringo (Cole Hauser) becomes determined to prove her involvement in their demise. John Heard will portray William Almy, the business partner of Lizzie’s murdered father Andrew, while Lizzie’s half-brother William will be played by Andrew Howard (Hatfields & McCoys).

The Colony (USA)

Amanda Righetti has been cast opposite Josh Holloway and Sarah Wayne Callies in Colony…Righetti will play Madeline, younger sister of Katie (Callies) and the mother of a diabetic child in need of insulin. She appeals to Katie for help but will do what it takes to protect her child and family in need.

Empire (Fox)

Courtney Love (The People Vs Larry Flynt) has been tapped as a recurring guest star on Fox’s midseason drama Empire…The singer-songwriter/musician/actress will play Elle Dallas, a hard rock powerhouse, who is part of Empire Entertainment’s stable of artists.

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Source: Hollywoodreporter, Deadline

 

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