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Heroes Reborn, Game of Thrones, and American Horror Story: Hotel have made recent TV show casting, TV movie casting, and TV directing news. These shows and movies air on NBC, HBO, and FX.

Proposed Arrow/The Flash spinoff (The CW)

The new Flash villainous duo of Captain Cold/Heat Wave will be staying intact as Dominic Purcell has joined Brandon Routh, Wentworth Miller, Victor Garber and Caity Lotz in the superhero team-up show.

Purcell will reprise his role as Mick Rory, a pyromaniac who finds an outlet for his obsession with fire when he teams up with Leonard Snart/Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) and becomes the villain known as Heat Wave. The new project, eyed for a midseason launch next season, extends the Flash reunion of Prison Break stars Miller and Purcell and would mark the first series regular gigs for both actors since the cult Fox drama.

Routh and Garber also are set to reprise their popular Arrow/Flash characters — Arrow‘s Ray Palmer/The Atom (Routh) and Flash‘s Dr. Martin Stein (Garber). Because her Arrow character Sara Lance was killed off, with her sister Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy) taking over as the Black Canary, it is still TBD whether Lotz will play the same or new superhero on in the spinoff.

The Kingmakers (ABC)

Adrian Pasdar (Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.) has joined the cast of ABC’s drama pilot The Kingmakers…Pasdar…will play Senator Adam Walden, possibly a member of a secret society who is running for president.

Kristin Bauer van Straten (Once Upon A Time, True Blood) has been cast as a series regular in ABC’s drama pilot The Kingmakers. Written and executive produced by Sallie Patrick…Bauer van Straten will play Maeve Vandemeer, an art professor at Braddock, who is married to the dean of the school and has a complicated ongoing affair with Senator Walden (Adrian Pasdar).

Frankenstein (Fox)

Ciara Bravo has landed a series regular role on Fox pilot Frankenstein…Frankenstein centers on Ray Pritchard (Philip Baker Hall), a morally corrupt retired cop who is given a second chance at life when he is brought back from the dead. Bravo will play Gracie, Ray’s (Hall) granddaughter.

Of Kings And Prophets (ABC)

Mohammad Bakri (Tyrant) has booked one of the male leads opposite Ray Winstone in ABC’s drama pilot Of Kings And Prophets…Bakri will play Samuel, last of the Biblical judges. He alone hears and speaks for God.

James Floyd (My Brother The Devil) has landed a series regular role opposite Maisie Richardson-Sellers and Ray Winstone on ABC’s drama pilot Of Kings And Prophets…Floyd…will play Ish-Boseth, the youngest warrior son of Saul and Ahinoam.

Limitless (CBS)

Hill Harper is returning to CBS with a co-starring role opposite Jake McDorman and Jennifer Carpenter in CBS’ drama pilot Limitless

Harper plays Boyle, a former military officer who is now an FBI asset with experience testing the effects of NZT on FBI Special Agents.

The Spoils Before Dying (IFC)

Kristin Wiig…and Haley Joel Osment (Entourage The Movie, Tusk) have signed on for IFC’s miniseries The Spoils Before Dying

Michael Sheen (Masters Of Sex), Val Kilmer (Batman Forever), Steve Tom (Major Crimes) and Marc Evan Jackson (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) also are returning in new roles. New cast additions include Kate McKinnon (SNL, Ghostbusters), Tim Meadows (Marry Me, SNL), Chris Parnell (30 Rock, SNL), Emily Ratajkowski (Gone Girl, We Are Friends), Andrew Daly (Review, Comedy Bang! Bang!), Chris Mulkey (Whiplash, Twin Peaks), Chin Han (Marco Polo), Jack Kilmer (Palo Alto), Patty Guggenheim (Casa de mi Padre) and Bérénice Marlohe (Skyfall).

Set in 1962 during the height of the Los Angeles jazz scene, The Spoils Before Dying follows Rock (Williams) as he becomes the prime suspect in the double murder of singer and his occasional lover Fresno Foxglove (Rudolph) who is found dead in a car with another man. Panicked, Rock splits town for Mexico where he reunites with his one-time big band singer Delores O’Dell (Wiig). Determined to prove his innocence and avoid the electric chair, Rock and Delores head back to the U.S. on a dangerous journey for the elusive truth. All the while, Rock’s hard-charging manager Alistair St. Barnaby (Osment) obliviously pressures Rock to record a mainstream jazz album.

Andrew Steele and Matt Piedmont return as writers, with Piedmont also directing.

Banshee (Cinemax)

Chris Coy (Treme) has joined the cast of Banshee as a new regular for the Cinemax drama’s upcoming fourth season. He will reprise the role he originated in a guest starring stint on the show’s current third season as Calvin, brother to Kurt Bunker (Tom Pelphrey) who hides his true feelings behind a mild exterior.

Hap And Leonard (Sundance)

Bill Sage (Boardwalk Empire, We Are What We Are) has been cast in Sundance’s straight-to-series drama Hap And Leonard…Sage will play Howard, the ex-husband of Hap’s ex-wife. A master of passive aggression, Howard plays the part of peace-loving hippie leader to a band of misfits and past their sell-by date leftists who recruit our heroes, Hap and Leonard, to help them with a dangerous plan.

Untitled Judah Miller comedy pilot (ABC)

Mary Lynn Rajskub has booked a regular role opposite Greg Grunberg and Megan Hilty in ABC’s untitled Judah Miller comedy pilot…Rajskub will play Susie, Gary’s twin sister, who’s described as opportunistic and always starting a new business. Currently she is working on “Movement Water” that is a diuretic water.

The Catch (ABC)

Alimi Ballard (Fast Five, Numb3rs) has booked a series regular role in ABC pilot The Catch…Ballard portrays Evan, a successful gallerist and closest friend to the couple who is shocked to learn they have all been swindled.

Fantasy Life (Fox)

James Caan is set for a co-starring role opposite Kevin Connolly and Vanessa Williams in Fox’s multi-camera/hybrid pilot Fantasy Life…Caan plays the tough and humorless Chuck, an ex-legendary football player/coach who’s on Mitch’s new team working on Fox’s fantasy football league show. Chuck doesn’t get fantasy football since he played real football and suffered real pain, however, Mitch eventually impresses him, and the former football star is willing to work with him.


Reed Birney (House Of Cards) and Luke Slattery have joined the cast of CBS pilot LFE…Birney…will play Scotty, the terminally ill father of new surgical resident Joe (Daniel Sharman) and Bobby (Slattery), a troublemaking high school senior who happens to be brilliant.

Love Is a Four Letter Word (NBC)

Cynthia McWilliams, originally tapped for the series regular role of Tandi in the NBC pilot Love Is a Four Letter Word, will now play the female lead Julie. She replaces previously cast Meta Golding, who is leaving.

Julie, now played by McWilliams, is a successful attorney who is Nick’s (male lead Rockmond Dunbar) ex-wife and the mother of his two children. Colin Donnell plays Sean, Nick’s long-time friend and ad agency partner, who is happily married to Tandi, the role previously played by McWilliams, which is now being recast.

American Horror Story: Hotel (FX)

Wes Bentley is staying in the American Horror Story family.

The actor has joined the cast of season five’s Hotel

Game of Thrones (HBO)

A couple of days ago, a new Game of Thrones teaser [featured] a wildling woman running like hell away from something.

[It was] Danish actress Birgitte Hjort Sørensen…According to [sources], she won’t be playing Val, the wildling “princess” who makes Jon Snow’s acquaintance in A Dance with Dragons. So among notable wildling women, that leaves Mance Rayder’s wife Dalla, vicious warrior Harma the Dogshead, and wildling leader Mother Mole.

In A Dance with Dragons, Mother Mole led a contingent of wildlings to Hardhome, a wildling settlement, to wait for rescue. We know that the show will be visiting Hardhome this year, so Sørensen playing Mother Mole would make sense. Then again, Mother Mole is described as a woods witch, who are traditionally a decrepit lot, something that doesn’t really describe Sørensen. She could still play an aged-down version of Mother Mole or, more likely, a new amalgamated character who combines different aspects from other characters.

Or she really is just a terrified extra.

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Source: Winteriscoming, Deadline

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