Jane The Virgin, The Following, Westworld, and other television productions have all made recent TV show casting, TV movie casting, and TV directing news. These shows and movies air on The CW, Fox, and HBO.
Jane The Virgin (The CW)
Bridget Regan has booked a major recurring role on CW’s Jane The Virgin. Also set to recur on the promising new dramedy is Azie Tesfai (Franklin & Bash). The series stars Gina Rodriguez as Jane, a religious young Latina who becomes accidentally artificially inseminated. Regan…will play Rose, a beautiful trophy wife and a whip-smart former attorney whom the doctor involved in the insemination turns to for help in the face of a malpractice suit…Tesfai…will play sexy ball-buster Detective Nadine Hansan, a fellow police detective and rival of Jane’s fiance, Michael (Brett Dier0).
JR Bourne (Teen Wolf) and Siobhan Williams (Black Box, Hell On Wheels) have landed recurring roles on Lifetime’s drama series Un-Real…Un-Real goes behind the scenes of a hit competition dating show to follow the experiences of Rachel (Shiri Appleby), a young staffer whose sole job is to manipulate her relationships with (and among) the contestants to heighten the drama. Bourne will play Quinn’s (Constance Zimmer) old lover and writing partner, who once had a drug habit but is now clean and running a surf charter company. Williams will play Lizzie, the new makeup girl on the show, and Jeremy’s fiancee.
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
Geena Davis has been tapped for a major guest arc on the medical drama’s upcoming eleventh season. She will be playing a surgeon at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.
Westworld continues to fill out its cast, adding X-Men veteran James Marsden and Eddie Rouse in key roles. Marsden…will play Teddy Flood, a mysterious new arrival to a small frontier town who quickly proves both his charm, and his talent, with a revolver. Rouse will play Kissy (short for Kisecawchuck), an American Indian who deals cards, and contraband, from the town saloon, making him an expert in games both on and off the card table.
Also booked roles in Westworld are Demetrius Grosse (Banshee, Justified), Kyle Bornheimer (She’s Out of My League, Bachelorette), Currie Graham (Murder in the First, NYPD Blue), Lena Georgas (Prime Suspect, Ray Donovan), Steven Ogg (Grand Theft Auto V) and Timothy Lee DePriest.
Ed Harris has closed a deal for one of the central leads in the project…Harris will play The Man in Black — the distillation of pure villainy into one man.
The Following (Fox)
Zuleikha Robinson is joining the Fox drama series The Following as a new regular and a pivotal character in Season 3. She will play Gwen, an ER doctor and the mother of a seven year old girl. She is also the love of FBI Agent Hardy’s (Kevin Bacon) life — and his first real chance at a family and true happiness. Though their partnership is rock solid — it will be seriously challenged by the dark conspiracy that is putting New York City under siege and reigniting Ryan’s personal obsession with ending it.
The Brink (HBO)
John Larroquette (Night Court) and Cass Bugge (Going The Distance) have been tapped for multi-episode arcs opposite Jack Black and Tim Robbins on HBO half-hour comedy series The Brink…Directed by Jay Roach from a script by brothers Roberto and Kim Benabib…Larroquette will play Robert Kittredge, the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan, an imposing career diplomat rocked by world events. Bugge…will play Samantha Gregory, an assistant in the Embassy.
American Crime (ABC)
David Hoflin (Crossbones) and Julian Works (The Unauthorized Saved By The Bell Story) have joined the cast of ABC midseason drama American Crime…Hoflin…will play Mark Skokie, son of Barb and Russ Skokie, (Felicity Huffman and Timothy Hutton). He arrives in Modesto in support of his estranged parents in their time of crisis. Works…is set for a multi-episode arc as Edgar, a young man who becomes a friend and protector of Tony (Johnny Ortiz), who gets caught up in the juvie system.
Alexa Vega (Spy Kids, The Tomorrow People) and Brette Taylor (Return To Paradise, Laws Of Attraction) have booked recurring roles on the upcoming third season of ABC‘s country music drama Nashville. Vega has been tapped for a three-episode arc as Kiley, Gunnar’s (Sam Palladio) first love and high school sweetheart. She’s now a single mother who’s recently arrived in Nashville with the intention of providing some stability for her 10-year-old son that she had at a very young age. Taylor will play Pam, Luke Wheeler’s (Will Chase) new back-up singer. An incredibly talented singer in her own right, Pam quickly becomes Deacon’s (Charles Esten) muse, even more so when her complicated and dark past comes to light.
One Percent (Starz)
Starz has given a 10-episode order to drama series “The One Percent” from director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu to star Ed Helms and Hilary Swank.
Series from Media Rights Capital revolves around a struggling farmer (Helms) who encounters a bizarre twist of fate that might save or ruin his family farm. Swank is in final negotiations for the role of his wife. Ed Harris is on board for a key role as the family patriarch.
Iñárritu will direct the first two episodes to set the visual style of the show.
New Girl (Fox)
Rob Reiner will again reprise his role as Jess’ (Zooey Deschanel) father. And he’s returning with a fiancee. That lucky lady will be played by It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star Kaitlin Olson. She’s booked a recurring gig on the Fox comedy as Ashley — a woman who isn’t just the future Mrs. Bob Day, she also happens to be Jess and Cece’s (Hannah Simone) high school nemesis.
Jessica Biel and Veep‘s Reid Scott have already been confirmed for the Sept. 17 season premiere.
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