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Rob Morgan (“Person of Interest,” “Believe”) will play Turk Barrett, a smalltime criminal in Hell’s Kitchen, while Matt Gerald (“Avatar,” “Dexter”) will play Melvin Potter, a machinist caught between a rock and a hard place.
Siding with Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) are Peter Shinkoda (“Falling Skies,” “Hawaii 5-0”) as Nobu, a Japanese businessman with an agenda all his own; Wai Ching Ho (“Law and Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Blue Bloods”) as Madame Gao, a powerful woman running her own trade; and Nikolai Nikolaeff (“Camp,” “Sea Patrol”) and Gideon Emery (“Grimm,” “How to Train Your Dragon 2”) as Vladimir and Anatoly, two Russian brothers looking to forge new names for themselves in America.
In the comics, the character of Melvin Potter actually becomes a bad guy named Gladiator before eventually reforming and becoming a big supporter of Daredevil.
From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series (El Rey)
Danny Trejo (Machete, Machete Kills) has joined the sophomore season of Robert Rodriguez’s “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series.”
Trejo has been cast in the roll of “The Regulator,” a horrifying agent of evil who has been summoned to perform a deadly errand.
Briana Evigan (Burning Bright, Sorority Row, Step Up 2) has also joined the cast of “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” as Sonja – an American expatriate working as a tattoo artist in a Mexican Mercado – who also has a sideline forging papers and passports out of her back room.
Ben Feldman will lead the cast of NBC comedy pilot Superstore…Written by The Office alum Justin Spitzer and directed by Ruben Fleischer, Superstore is about a group of employees at a big-box store and examines love, friendship and the beauty of everyday moments. It centers on Jonah (Feldman), a boyish college grad who’s never had a job before and wants a taste of the real world. His unwittingly elitist behavior initially alienates him from his floor manager and co-workers\, but his charisma, zest for life,\ and eternal optimism is contagious and endears him to his fellow staffers.
The Kingmakers (ABC)
the project has cast newcomer Gus Halper as the lead. Written and executive produced by Sallie Patrick, Kingmakers, from ABC Studios, centers on Eli (Halper), a young man whose sister Julia is found dead during her freshman year at an elite Ivy League university. He adopts a new identity to infiltrate the school and its century-old secret society – consisting of privileged students, ambitious faculty and high-profile alums – in order to investigate her death.
Untitled Judah Miller comedy pilot (ABC)
Greg Grunberg is set as the male lead opposite Megan Hilty in ABC’s untitled Judah Miller comedy pilot. The single-camera project centers on a Tony Award-winning mother (Hilty) and a risk-averse, cerebral father (Grunberg) who are blessed with a son who is a natural-born competitive athlete. They are forced outside their parental comfort zones and into the high-octane world of youth sports. Grunberg’s Gary is a geriatric doctor and a cautious and practical father and husband.
Rush Hour (CBS)
Little-known actor-comedian Justin Hires (21 Jump Street, Key & Peele) beat out several bigger names to play Carter opposite Jon Foo’s Lee in CBS’ hourlong action pilot Rush Hour.
the pilot centers on Lee (Foo), a stoic, by-the-book Hong Kong police officer assigned to a case in Los Angeles, where he’s forced to work with Carter (Hires), a cocky black LAPD officer who has no interest in a partner. Carter is described as an irreverent and wildly confident bad-boy detective, a maverick who uses unorthodox methods to get things done, often causing the top brass to look the other way.
Chris Johnson (The Vampire Diaries) and Megan Dodds (The Contract) have booked series regular roles opposite Adam Rodriguez and Paula Patton in ABC’s drama pilot Runner. Written by Michael Cooney…the 20th TV/ABC Studios project centers on Lauren Marks (Patton), a wife and mother who had believed her husband had died in a plane crash, only to discover him alive, well and traveling with a mysterious woman who uses Lauren’s stolen identity. Johnson…will play Josh, a handsome and artistic architect and Lauren’s business partner…Dodds…plays Simon’s wife Emily. Also cast is Matthew LeNevez, who plays Adam, a pediatric surgeon.
The King Of 7B (ABC)
Marin Hinkle (Two And A Half Men) has landed a series regular role in ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot The King Of 7B…written by Howard Franklin and directed by David Frankel, focuses on Prentiss Porter (Craig Ferguson), an agoraphobic recluse who ventures outside for the first time in 11 years when he spies what could be his soulmate moving into the building across the street. Hinkle will play Prentiss’ sister Charlotte, formerly a stylish deb and now a PETA zealot who eschews beauty products and wears only “natural fabrics.”
Amir Talai (Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay) has booked a series regular role in ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot The King Of 7B.
Talai will play Darren, the deluded millennial owner of the bodega in the building where Porter lives.
Fantasy Life (Fox)
Chaz Lamar Shepherd (7th Heaven) is set as a series regular opposite Kevin Connolly and Vanessa Williams on Fox’s multi-camera/hybrid pilot Fantasy Life…Shepherd…will play MC2, a pro football player and one of the analysts on Mitch (Kevin Connolly)’s show.
The Half Of It (CBS)
Morgan Krantz (Switched At Birth) has booked a series regular role on The Half Of It, CBS’ multi-camera comedy pilot written/executive produced by Mike Gibbons and directed by James Burrows…Krantz…will play Trevor, Mike’s (Jon Dore) Bohemian hipster neighbor.
Code Black (CBS)
Marcia Gay Harden, originally cast in the co-starring role of Christa, will now play the lead, Leanne. Bonnie Somerville has been tapped to replace Harden as Christa.
The lead in Code Black became vacant after the table read earlier this week when 31-year-old Maggie Grace, originally cast in the role, was released…. A decision was made to age up the Leanne character and age down Christa, with Somerville tapped to play the tweaked character. Christa, a former soccer mom whose son died of cancer, is a newly minted, talented and dedicated doctor whose experience handling her son’s disease, coupled with her intuition and life experience, makes her see things that often escape her younger fellow residents.
Scream Queens (Fox)
Oliver Hudson[has signed] on as one of the male leads in Fox’s high-profile straight-to-series comedy-horror anthology Scream Queens, from Glee creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan. He will take over the role that Joe Manganiello was originally cast in.
The Devil You Know (HBO)
Joining previously announced Eddie Izzard, Nadia Alexander and Ismenia Mendes in series regular roles are Ever Carradine, Damien Molony, Julian Rhind Tutt, Matthew James Thomas, Nigel Lindsay, Ewen Bremner, Karen Gillan, Hannah Nordberg, Naian Gonzalez Norvind and Zawe Ashton. Tapped as recurring are Will Pullen, Kate Nash, Seana Kofoed, Mary Mouser and Beanie Feldstein.
Carradine will play Ann Putnam Sr., Thomas’ (Izzard) wife, who is sickly but strong among her peers. Molony is Robert Putnam, Thomas’ (Izzard) eldest son. Tutt plays Minister Samuel Parris, a hard-line Puritan, who isn’t very popular, until the accusations start. Thomas is Henry Paine, a newcomer from England. Lindsay plays Dr. Griggs, a man of science and reason. Bremner is Israel Porter, patriarch of the powerful Porter clan. Gillan plays Jane Porter, youngest daughter of Israel Porter. Nordberg…is Betty Parris, Samuel Parris’ daughter. Norvind…is Samuel Parris’ niece. Ashton…is the Parris’ slave brought from Barbados. She truly loves Betty, whom she’s cared for since birth. Pullen recurs as Moses Cooper, Nash as Bridget Bishop, Mouser as Earth Fenn, Feldstein as Lydia Harris.
Untitled Molyneux comedy pilot (aka The Brainy Bunch) (ABC)
Majandra Delfino is set as the female lead opposite James Roday in ABC’s untitled Molyneux comedy pilot (aka The Brainy Bunch)…Melanie Griffith co-stars in the pilot, written/executive produced by Wendy & Lizzie Molyneux and directed by Jamie Travis…Through a combination of genetics and dynamic home schooling, Kip (Roday) — a former Special Forces Operations Sergeant — and MonaLisa Mitchell (Delfino) — a teacher with PH.D. in literature who believes that everyone on Earth is born with a special gift — find themselves raising seven brilliant kids. Zoe Colletti, Spencer Tomich and Harrison Holzer have been cast as three of the kids. Griffith plays MonaLisa’s mother who takes them into her Orange County home.
Jaime Pressly is joining the cast of CBS’ sophomore comedy series Mom as a regular for its just ordered third season. Pressly will continue in her role as Jill, a newly sober woman with a lot of money that Christy (Anna Faris) is trying to help but gets more than her share.
D.B. Woodside and Rachael Harris (The Hangover) have landed series regular roles in Fox’s comic book drama pilot Lucifer
Woodside…will play Amenadiel, an angel sent to L.A. to persuade Lucifer to return to hell. Harris is Linda, a therapist Lucifer initially encounters when working with Chloe to solve a case; Lucifer then seeks Linda’s professional advice.
Nicholas Gonzalez (Sleepy Hollow) has landed a series regular role in Fox’s comic book drama pilot Lucifer…Gonzalez…will play Dan, a gruff LAPD homicide detective, who is wary of Lucifer’s (Ellis) involvement with his wife and daughter.
Alano Miller has landed a lead role in WGN America’s straight-to-series drama Underground…Miller will play Cato, a striking, cunning and oddly charismatic slave on the plantation who is despised and feared by the other slaves.
Alex Meneses (Selena) has booked the final series regular role opposite Eva Longoria in NBC’s 13-episode single-camera comedy Telenovela…Menese will play Isabella, an aging but beautiful actress trying to pass for 28. She’s bitter about getting older and blames Ana (Longoria) for the fact that she is no longer a leading lady. Isabella will do whatever it takes to claw her way back into the spotlight.
Studio City (Fox)
Samantha Logan (The Fosters), Jordan Calloway (Drumline: A New Beat) and Timothy Granaderos have joined the cast of Fox’s family dramedy pilot Studio City…Logan, repped by Innovative Artists, will play Emma, Rob’s (Eric McCormack) daughter and Cat’s (Florence Pugh) half-sister. Calloway will play Griffin, a local skateboarder who connects with Cat upon her arrival, Granaderos is Mateo, the teenaged son of Stevie (Heather Graham), and an accomplished graffiti artist who is not afraid to go to juvie for his art.
Kelly Jenrette (Frisky Dingo) has booked a series regular role opposite John Stamos in Fox’s single-camera comedy pilot Grandpa…Jenrette…will play Annalise, the assistant manager at Jimmy (John Stamos)’s restaurant.
Cristin Milioti is set for a role opposite Patrick Wilson and Ted Danson in the second installment of the Fargo miniseries…Milioti will recur as Betsy, Lou’s (Patrick Wilson) wife and the daughter of Rock County Sheriff Hank Larsson (Ted Danson). A woman of the plains — pretty but firm — she can both jump start a car and make a casserole, clean a gun as well as the gutters.
Noah Hawley, writer-showrunner of the Emmy-winning first installment, is back and is also set to make his directorial debut in Season 2.
L.A. Crime (ABC)
Ed Westwick has landed one of the male leads in ABC’s drama pilot L.A. Crime…Westwick will play Kent, a twisted serial killer who preys on young women who have come to L.A. to become famous.
untitled ABC/ABC Studios drama pilot
Rarmian Newton (Dance Academy) has signed on for a series regular role in the untitled ABC/ABC Studios drama pilot written by Jenna Bans and directed by Paul McGuigan…Newton…will play young Danny Warren the wise-ass, abrasive athlete Zach Gilford’s character was 12 years ago.
Amber Valletta is set to co-star opposite Chace Crawford and Don Johnson in ABC drama pilot Boom…Actress-model Valletta…plays oil tycoon Hap’s (Johnson’s) glamorous, brilliant young new wife, an ex-Goldman Sachs oil-desk type with a masters from Wharton who also is his sharp-as-ice business partner.
Dr. Ken (ABC)
Jonathan Slavin (Better Off Ted) and Krista Marie Yu (The Thundermans) have been cast opposite Ken Jeong in the ABC comedy pilot Dr. Ken from Sony TV and ABC Studios.
Slavin…is Hector, a dim-witted but big-hearted nurse who is loyal to his boss and friend, Ken. Yu will play Molly, Ken’s daughter who is trying to rebel.
Heart Matters (NBC)
Maya Erskine (Man Seeking Woman) has joined the cast of NBC’s drama pilot Heart Matters…Erskine will play Gi Sung, a nurse with a dry wit who works closely with Dr. Panttiere (George) and is probably the only female staff member who gets along with her.
Take It From Us (NBC)
Andy Ridings (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) is set as a regular in the NBC comedy pilot Take It From Us…Ridings…will play Spencer, a cocky, self-proclaimed genius who is really not that bright.
Nichole Bloom (Shameless) has booked a regular role in NBC comedy pilot Superstore…Bloom…will play Cheyenne, a very pregnant teenage employee who’s sweet, unsophisticated, and naive — as evidenced by the fact that she allows customers to purchase laptop computers for the mismarked price of 25 cents.
Jennifer Carpenter is set as the female lead opposite Jake McDorman in CBS’ drama pilot Limitless
The pilot…follows Brian Sinclair (McDorman) as he discovers the power of the mysterious drug NZT and is coerced into using his newfound drug-enhanced abilities to solve weekly cases for the FBI. Carpenter plays Rebecca, ’ a dynamic investigator who has risen quickly within the FBI, but hasn’t come to terms yet with her background that initially drove her into a career in law enforcement.
The Adversaries (ABC)
Kristen Hager has landed the female lead opposite Terry O’Quinn in ABC drama pilot The Adversaries. Also cast in the project…is Christine Evangelista (Chicago Fire).
Adversaries centers on the patriarch of a New York legal dynasty, Charles Fisher (O’Quinn), who becomes embroiled in a trial of his own, and his federal prosecutor daughter Jess (Hager) must decide which side she will fight on. Evangelista plays Jess’ younger sister Emma who works at her dad’s law firm as a paralegal.
Chicago Fire (NBC)
Izabella Miko (Clash Of The Titans) has been cast in a recurring role on NBC’s firefighter drama Chicago Fire. The Polish-born actress will play Katya, a sexy, alluring, and flirtatious stripper from Eastern Europe who dreams of a future beyond working at a club but gets in a dark situation.
The Last Ship (TNT)
Tania Raymonde…is set for a recurring role on the second season of TNT’s action drama The Last Ship. She will play Domino, a genius, edgy and attractive hacker who has lived off the grid and will become an asset to the crew of the ship.
Kieran Bew (Da Vinci’s Demons) has been cast to play the lead role of Beowulf in ITV’s epic re-imagining of the iconic Old English poem following the exploits of the titular warrior as he battles a fearsome monster during Britain’s Dark Ages.
Kieran will star alongside William Hurt (Humans), and Joanne Whalley (Wolf Hall).
Ed Speleers (Downton Abbey) and David Ajala (Black Box) have also been cast along with Ian Puleston- Davies (Coronation Street), Ellora Torchia (Indian Summers), Gisli Orn Gardarsson (Spooks and Spirits) Susan Aderin (The Last Detective), Kirsty Oswald (Ripper Street), Laura Donnelly (Outlander), Edward Hogg (Indian Summers), Alex Price (Father Brown), Jack Rowan (Silent Witness) and Itoya Osagiede (Okora: The Prelude).
I’m hearing that Dominic Cooper is the frontrunner to lead AMC’s new comic adaptation PREACHER.
Though there have been no official offers extended to Cooper, I’m hearing that he’s the top pick to star as Jesse Custer.
Preacher follows Jesse Custer, a reverend ripe with inner turmoil in a small Texas town, who becomes merged with a supernatural entity, birthed from both an angel and a demon, that escaped from heaven, causing him to develop the power of persuasion and capable of making anyone do anything that he commands. Together with his ex-girlfriend Tulip and an Irish vampire named Cassidy, the trio sets off to find God and find answers as to why he abandoned Heaven.
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