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TV Casting: HELL ON WHEELS, MASTERS OF SEX, THE ASTRONAUT WIVES CLUB

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Masters of Sex, Hell on Wheels, The Astronaut Wives Club, and other TV series have all made recent TV show casting news. These shows air on Showtime, AMC, ABC, Nickelodeon, and USA respectively.

Masters of Sex (Showtime)

Showtime has added Jay Ellis…to the cast of “Masters of Sex.”

LOS ANGELES, CA (April 28, 2014) – Emmy-winning comedian and actress Sarah Silverman is joining the cast of season two of the acclaimed SHOWTIME drama series MASTERS OF SEX.  Silverman will recur in the guest starring role of Helen.  Production on season two is currently underway in Los Angeles, and will premiere on Sunday, July 13th at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.

Sarah Silverman received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Leading Actress in a Comedy Series for “The Sarah Silverman Program,” and was also nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for “Monk.” She won an Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics as one of the writers of a song for “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”   Silverman will next be seen starring in Seth MacFarlane’s soon-to-be released feature “A Million Ways to Die in the West.”  She also just wrapped production on the drama film “I Smile Back” in which she stars in the lead role.   Silverman’s other feature-film credits include “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Take This Waltz,” and “Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic.” Silverman is the author of The New York Times bestseller “The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption and Pee.” Last year she debuted an hour-long stand-up special, “We are Miracles.” Additionally, Silverman is a part of JASH, a new comedy collective on YouTube featuring original content by Silverman (and friends Michael Cera, Tim & Eric and Reggie Watts).

Season one of MASTERS OF SEX received both Golden Globe® and WGA nominations and was honored as one of AFI’s Top Ten Television Programs of the Year.  Starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan as real-life pioneers of human sexuality, William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the series chronicles their unusual lives, romance and pop culture trajectory. Their research touched off the sexual revolution and took them from a mid-western teaching hospital in St. Louis to the cover of Time magazine. The series is an adaptation of Thomas Maier’s book Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, The Couple Who Taught America How To Love.  Season two also stars Caitlin Fitzgerald, Teddy Sears and Annaleigh Ashford.  MASTERS OF SEX was created by Michelle Ashford (The Pacific) who also serves as an executive producer.    In addition, the series is executive produced by Carl Beverly, Sarah Timberman, Judith Verno and Amy Lippman.  Michael Dinner, Michael Sheen, Tammy Rosen and Thomas Maier serve as producers.  MASTERS OF SEX is produced by Sony Pictures Television.

The Astronaut Wives Club (ABC)

Joel Johnstone (Getting On, The Newsroom) has been cast in ABC’s 10-episode drama series The Astronaut Wives Club…Johnstone…will play Gus Grissom, an average student and athlete who may be the least likely astronaut but proves himself to be one of NASA’s top men. He’s an extraordinary engineer who flies on the Mercury and Gemini missions, and becomes the first man to go into space twice.

Every Witch Way (Nickelodeon)

Rahart Adams (Nowhere Boys) has landed a series regular role in Nickelodeon’s, Every Witch Way…Adams…will play Jax, a rebel wizard who uses his powers every chance he gets and is willing to do anything to get what he wants.

Hell On Wheels (AMC)

Jake Weber (Medium, Dawn Of The Dead) has landed a series regular role on AMC‘s drama series Hell On Wheels…Weber…will play Harlan Fell, a former military doctor in the Union Army, sent West by Ulysses S. Grant. A respectable-seeming guy, Fell dreams of parlaying his medical degree into an empire, and will stop at nothing to get it. 

DIG (USA)

David Costabile (Breaking Bad, Damages) has been cast in USA Network‘s six-episode event series DIG, an action adventure drama from Heroes creator Tim Kring and Gideon Raff…Costabile will play Ted Billingham, an avuncular leader of a reclusive religious cult.

The Voice (NBC)

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — April 29, 2014 — Internationally acclaimed solo artist and No Doubt singer and songwriter Gwen Stefani has been named a coach for the upcoming seventh season of NBC’s Emmy Award-winning musical competition series “The Voice.”

A singer and song writer since childhood, Gwen has sold close to 30 Million records worldwide as the front woman for the band No Doubt and as a multi-platinum solo artist. No Doubt’s five genre-blending albums have showcased Gwen’s adept songwriting and poignant lyrics with number one hits including “Don’t Speak”, “Just a Girl”, “Hey Baby” and “Underneath It All”.

After No Doubt’s double-platinum retrospective singles collection The Singles 1992-2003, featuring the hit single “It’s My Life,” Gwen released two multi-platinum selling solo albums. Love.Angel.Music.Baby was released in 2004 with the number one single “Hollaback Girl” which was also the first digital download to sell over one million copies in the United States. The album also spawned the hit single “Cool.” Gwen’s second multi-platinum solo record The Sweet Escape was released in 2006 and featured the hit single of the same name. In 2009, Gwen returned to No Doubt for a 50-plus city North American tour and in 2012, the band released their sixth album Push and Shove which debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart.

In addition to her singing-songwriting career, Gwen is widely recognized as a trendsetter and accomplished designer within the fashion industry. Gwen’s first fashion line L.A.M.B., launched in 2003, is a luxurious collection of clothing, handbags and shoes, defined by Gwen’s innate sense of style which often features a playful juxtaposition between classic Hollywood movie star glamour and more modern street influences. In 2005, Gwen launched cult brand Harajuku Lovers, a playful and pop art inspired line that reflects Gwen’s love of Japanese culture and fashion. Gwen’s most recent fashion projects include DWP (Design With Purpose) the already sold out casual yet luxurious ready-to-wear line that launched in February 2014 and Gx – a line of affordably priced fashion forward accessories that launched in March 2014.

Gwen is also actively involved in her charitable efforts, namely the EB Medical Research Foundation and Save the Children.

“The Voice” is a presentation of Mark Burnett’s One Three Inc., Talpa Media USA Inc. and Warner Horizon Television. The series was created by John de Mol, who serves as executive producer along with Burnett, Audrey Morrissey, Stijn Bakkers and Lee Metzger.

As a way to introduce the two new coaches to viewers, Pharrell — a Grammy Award winner and Oscar nominee — will perform his new single “Come Get It Bae” from his current album “Girl” and Stefani will perform her No.1 single “Hollaback Girl” from her debut solo album, “Love. Angel. Music. Baby” on the Monday, May 5 live telecast.

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Source: Variety, Showtime, Deadline

 

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