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TV Casting: LIMITLESS, GAME OF SILENCE, Malin Akerman in BILLIONS

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Limitless, Game of Silence, Billions, and other TV productions have made recent TV show casting, TV movie casting, and TV directing news. These shows and movies air on CBS, NBC, and Showtime.

Casual (Hulu)

Michaela Watkins is set as the female lead in Hulu’s single-camera comedy series Casual, produced by Jason Reitman who will direct the opening episode. Tara Lynne Barr (Aquarius) will also play a lead in the comedy

Written by up-and-coming scribe Zander Lehmann, Casual follows the story of a dysfunctional family with a bachelor brother, Alex Cole, and his newly divorced sister, therapist Valerie Cole (Watkins). Together, they coach each other through the crazy world of dating (online and off), while living under one roof again and raising a teenager, Valerie’s daughter Laura (Barr), who has taken on the role of adult in Alex and Valerie’s house.

Scream Queen (Fox)

Joining the horror-comedy anthology series is NYU graduate Billie Lourd

Lourd will be part of an ensemble cast that also includes Glee‘s Lea Michele, Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Joe Manganiello and Abigail Breslin.

Jessica Jones (Netflix)

Carrie-Anne Moss has joined the cast of Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones. She will play a no-nonsense woman who could prove a powerful ally to Jessica (Krysten Ritter) – if Jessica doesn’t completely alienate her first.

Halt And Catch Fire (AMC)

James Cromwell is now joining Season 2 of Halt And Catch Fire

In a major recurring role, the Oscar nominee and Emmy winner will play Jacob Wheeler…A self made Texas millionaire and energy company CEO, Cromwell’s Wheeler is looking to expand his corporate reach. That expansion brings him both close alliance and in conflict with the ever ambitious Joe MacMillan, played by Lee Pace.

Quality Time (TBS)

Gillian Vigman (New Girl, The Hangover franchise), Alexie Gilmore and Jessica Meraz (ABC Family’s Chasing Life) have been [cast] as the female leads opposite Paul Soter, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme and Erik Stolhanske in the Broken Lizard quartet’s TBS comedy pilot Quality Time. Written, executive produced by and starring Soter, Heffernan, Lemme and Stolhanske, the semi-autobiographical Quality Time is about four college buddies (Soter, Heffernan, Lemme, Stolhanske) who kept their sophomoric ways in suspended animation throughout their 20s and are now succumbing to reproduction.

Heffernan’s Kevin is the Big Fella, a Type A classic lawyer, a respectable guy, father of three and the voice of reason…in his own mind. When he cuts loose, he really cuts loose. Lemme’s Steve is the Rascal — married to a younger woman and with his first child on the way, the kind of guy who has never grown up and is constantly stirring trouble. Soter’s Paul the Wantrepreneur, a stay-at-home Dad of two daughters. His wife’s business success, coupled with his flailing enterprises, has him going through a crisis of identity that makes him hilariously neurotic. Stolhanske’s the Dutch is recently divorced and re-entering the dating pool. He keeps reinventing himself in the hopes of meeting young singles, which only draws the scorn of his pals.

Vigman…plays Kevin’s wife Samantha, OBGYN and Chair of the Department at her hospital who is sensible, grounded, and endlessly patient. Gilmore plays Paul’s wife Lizzie, a successful software/App developer. Tall, lovely, a college jock who brings home the bacon — she’s better than Paul at everything. Meraz…plays Steve’s wife Nicole, who is younger than the other wives by 10 years and wears the pants in running their Amusement Center business.

Rogue (DirecTV)

Sarah Carter has landed a series regular role opposite Thandie Newton and Cole Hauser on the third season of DirecTV’s suspense drama Rogue. Carter will play Harper Deakins,
a mid-level DEA agent who doesn’t always know when to shut up.

Hemlock Grove (Netflix)

Richard Gunn (Dark Angel) has joined the cast of Netflix original series Hemlock Grove…He’ll play Aitor Quantic, a mysterious stranger who comes to town.

Mamma Dallas (HBO)

Augustus Prew (Kick-Ass 2) has been cast as the lead in Mamma Dallas, HBO’s comedy pilot…Written, directed and executive produced by Mike White, the half-hour project follows a conservative family in Texas who unwittingly hire a hard-living drag queen, Liberty (Prew), as their live-in nanny. Liberty appears to be an attractive woman with a flirty side — but she’s really a drag queen with an upbeat personality. On a path that leads to jail or prostitution or both, Liberty (also known as Albert) sees a future that will destroy his basically optimistic spirit and re-invents himself to get a job as a nanny to three children of a conservative, Texan family.

Game Of Silence (NBC)

Niels Arden Oplev…is set to direct and executive produce Game Of Silence, NBC’s drama pilot

Game Of Silence is about a rising attorney on the brink of success who could lose his perfectly crafted life when his long-lost childhood friends threaten to expose a dark secret from their violent past.

Welcome to Sweden (NBC)

Neve Campbell has boarded NBC’s Welcome to Sweden in a recurring role.

The four-episode arc will see Campbell play Diane, an American transferred to Stockholm to work as head of marketing at a bank.

Welcome to Sweden also stars Josephine Bornebusch, Lena Olin, Illeana Douglas and Patrick Duffy.

Untitled Dana Klein multi-camera project (Fox)

Pam Fryman is set to helm Fox’s untitled Dana Klein multi-camera project, from 20th Century Fox TV.

The Dana Klein project is told from the point of view of a working mom who is in constant competition with her perfect, stay-at-home sister-in-law.

Fryman likely will direct multiple pilots this season. She also is in negotiations to helm CBS’ untitled comedy pilot

Billions (Showtime)

Malin Akerman (Watchmen, Trophy Wife) has been cast opposite Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis in the Showtime drama pilot Billions…Akerman will play Lara Axelrod, a former nurse from humble beginnings who now is married to billionaire [Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Damian Lewis)].

Mistresses (ABC)

Rob Mayes (John Dies At The End) has landed a series regular role on the upcoming 13-episode third season of ABC’s summer drama series Mistresses. He will play Mark, a carefree guy who becomes part of April’s (Rochelle Aytes) unlikely family. He eventually winds up working with Harry (Brett Tucker), where a fabulous bromance begins.

Mistresses stars Jes Macallan, Aytes and Yunjin Kim.

Limitless (CBS)

The Amazing Spider-Man helmer Marc Webb will direct the pilot, based on the 2011 feature starring Bradley Cooper. He replaces the film’s director Neil Burger who had been attached to also helm the TV adaptation but had to pull out for scheduling reasons as he is directing the Showtime drama pilot Billions

Written/executive produced by Craig Sweeny

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Source: Deadline, Hollywoodreporter

 

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