Rush Hour, The Knick, Tales From The Darkside, and other TV productions have made recent TV show casting, TV movie casting, and TV directing news. These shows and movies air on CBS, Cinemax, and The CW.
Tales From The Darkside (The CW)
Kris Lemche has been cast as the lead in the CW drama pilot Tales From The Darkside
The anthology series will feature only one regular character, Newman (Lemche). A weathered and tortured young man, Newman is the guide to the unsuspecting who come across The Darkside. Newman – a man with his own desperate, wrenching secrets – knows exactly what’s causing the terrifying Darkside Events that drive the series. What he doesn’t know is how to stop them.
Lina Esco (Cane) has booked a role in Fox’s drama pilot Lucifer…Esco will play Lucifer’s best friend Maze, a fierce demon in the form of a beautiful young woman.
The Advocate (ABC)
Elliot Knight (Syfy’s Sinbad) has been cast in ABC drama pilot The Advocate…Knight will play Brett, the receptionist at the advocacy office, who can sometimes be a bit clueless when it comes to dealing with potential clients.
Rio Heat (20th Century Fox Brazil, Fox Pay-TV Latin America)
Jon Cassar will executive produce and direct multiple episodes of the 13-episode series..[Ken Gord] is the writer
Stephen Campanelli will direct the two-hour pilot
Code Black (CBS)
Luis Guzman is set as a lead opposite Maggie Grace in CBS pilot Code Black, a medical drama written by Michael Seitzman and directed by David Semel for ABC Studios…Guzman…plays Jose Santiago, the affable but tough and strong, no-s**t, seen-it-all, senior nurse at the ER who is responsible for the four new residents. As he puts it, “for the next three years I’m your mama…and your mama knows when you’re lying, crying or dying.”
Raza Jaffrey is taking…a lead opposite Maggie Grace in CBS pilot Code Black…Jaffrey plays Neal, an excellent doctor who believes that connecting emotionally with his patients is critical and taking risks with their health is abhorrent.
Broad Squad (ABC)
Cody Horn (Magic Mike) has landed one of the four leads in ABC’s period female-cop procedural drama pilot Broad Squad…A fictionalized account of the graduating class of Boston’s first female patrol officers in 1978, the project centers on four newly minted cops — Eileen, Molly (Charlotte Spencer), Lisa (Horn) and Joanne — who arrived at a tumultuous time in the city’s history and have to navigate rival neighborhoods as well as the conflicting attitudes toward them from everyone.
Untitled Dana Klein comedy pilot (Fox)
Peter Riegert is rounding out the cast of Fox’s untitled Dana Klein comedy pilot…it is told from the point of view of Ellen (Jenna Elfman), a working mom who is in constant competition with her perfect, stay-at-home sister-in-law Amy (Liza Lapira). Riegert…plays Ira, the two sisters’ impatient, inappropriate and closed-minded Republican father.
Dana Davis (Franklin & Bash) has landed a series regular role in NBC’s supernatural/spiritual drama pilot Unveiled…Davis…will play Garnet, a cool, ambitious go-getter who’s champing at the bit to get in the game and break through the veil to work with tortured souls.
Ben Aldridge has landed the lead in Fox’s single-camera comedy pilot Detour…Also cast in the pilot, written by Psych creator Steve Franks and directed by The Wedding Ringer’s Jeremy Garelick, is Joey Morgan.
Detour centers on Michael Sturges (Aldridge), a charming rock star who made the unexpected choice at age 30 to quit his band and go back to college. Morgan will play Walter, Michael’s sweet-natured, brilliant but socially anxious/awkward college roommate.
Untitled multi-camera Suzanne Martin pilot (NBC)
Carrie Preston has been cast as the female lead opposite Patrick Warburton in NBC’s untitled multi-camera Suzanne Martin pilot…It chronicles how things backfire for recent empty-nesters Mike Gunn (Warburton) and Martina Gunn (Preston) when their children and their parents move back home.
Holt McCallany is set as a lead opposite Natalie Martinez in Warrior…Warrior…centers on Kai Forrester (Martinez), a damaged heroine who works undercover with physical and spiritual guidance from a mysterious martial arts master (McCallany) to bring down an international crime lord.
McCallany’s Andriv Vorobin is a former prize fighter and an expert in MMA, still formidable in the ring, who runs a gym in New York while also heading the local YOMI.
Rush Hour (CBS)
Jon Foo has landed the Detective Lee role played in the movies by Chan.
Written/executive produced by Bill Lawrence and Blake McCormick and directed/exec produced by Jon Turteltaub, CBS’ Rush Hour 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 a cocky black LAPD officer, Carter (originally played by Chris Tucker), who has no interest in a partner. A top detective with the Hong Kong police department, Detective Lee is a dedicated professional and master martial artist, a man of few words who knows how to get the job done.
Uncle Buck (ABC)
Mike Epps has been tapped for the title role in Uncle Buck…Also cast in the project…is Nia Long.
Like the movie, the series adaptation, written by Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley, centers on Buck Russell (Epps), a childish man who learns how to be an adult by taking care of his brother Will’s kids in a very childish way. Long will play Will’s strong-willed and smart wife.
The Devil You Know (HBO)
Eddie Izzard is set to star in HBO drama pilot The Devil You Know (formerly New World). Also cast in the project…are young actresses Nadia Alexander and Ismenia Mendes.
Izzard plays farmer Thomas Putnam, the conservative, rigid and devoutly Puritan patriarch of the powerful Putnam family. He is a leader in agrarian Salem Village, but his top position is being threatened from many sides.
Alexander plays another lead role, the bright and ambitious Ann Putnam Jr., who is unsure of her role as a woman in this world but determined to discover her place in it.
Mendes, a newcomer out of Juilliard, plays Mercy Lewis, a captured servant girl from Maine who must summon her inner resources.
Life In Pieces (CBS)
Dan Bakkedahl (The Mindy Project, The Goldbergs) has booked a regular role on Life In Pieces, CBS’ single-camera comedy pilot…Bakkedahl will play Tim, who does his best to navigate the politics of his wife’s (Betsy Brandt) family, mostly by sticking his foot in his mouth.
Cheerleader Death Squad (The CW)
Aylin Bayramoglu (The Glee Project) has landed a series regular role in Cheerleader Death Squad, the CW’s drama pilot written by Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry, Under The Dome showrunner Neal Baer and Blue Bloods executive producer Dan Truly and directed by Mark Waters….Bayramoglu…plays Fatima, the lonely girl at school that no one seems to notice.
Star Wars Rebels (Disney XD)
Sarah Michelle Gellar (The Crazy Ones, Buffy The Vampire Slayer) has joined the voice cast of Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels for the upcoming second season in a recurring role.
Dreama Walker is set to co-star opposite KaDee Strickland in Doubt
Walker…will play Tiffany, a smart, hardworking second-year associate from Iowa who reports to Cameron (Laverne Cox).
Studio City (Fox)
Heather Graham will co-star opposite Eric McCormack in Fox’s family dramedy pilot Studio City, written by Krista Vernoff and directed by Sanaa Hamri. Studio City…tells the story of a young singer’s path to stardom, as she comes of age living with her songwriter father Rob (McCormack) — who turns out to be a drug dealer to the stars.
Graham plays Rob’s third wife Stevie. A former stand-up comedian, Stevie is generous and kind, with the mind of a teenager, filled with passionate ideas — just not very good ones.
The Grinder (Fox)
Fred Savage…has signed on to co-star opposite Rob Lowe in The Grinder, Fox’s comedy pilot…The Grinder stars Lowe as beloved TV lawyer Dean Sanderson (aka “The Grinder”). When his long-running hit series comes to an end, he finds himself at a crossroads in life and decides to move back to his small hometown thinking he has the experience to take over his family’s law firm where he butts heads with his brother, Stewart Sanderson (Savage). Stewart is a hard-working attorney and family man who feels very much in the shadow of his younger brother, Dean, a huge television star whose courtroom procedural show has just ended. When Dean comes back to his home town looking for a new direction in life, everyone is dazzled by his charm and celebrity — everyone except Stewart.
Carl Lumbly has joined the ensemble cast of CBS’ summer drama series Zoo…Lumbly will play Delavane, an enigmatic, veteran Interpol agent embedded within the hierarchy of the General Secretariat, who takes matters into his own hands, when faced with what he believes to be a global animal crisis.
The Knick (Cinemax)
Arielle Goldman (A Very Potter Senior Year) has booked a recurring role in Cinemax’s period drama The Knick…Goldman…will play Genevieve, a worldly young woman with an adventurous spirit. The daughter of a shirt maker, she is a writer for Collier’s and is not afraid to shake things up.
The Catch (ABC)
Damon Dayoub has landed a regular role opposite Mireille Enos in ABC pilot The Catch…Written and executive produced by Jennifer Schuur based on the novel by Kate Atkinson, The Catch centers on Alice (Enos), who is about to get married to Kieran (Dayoub) and about to get conned. Unbeknownst to her slippery fiancé, our heroine — who investigates fraud for a living — is not all she claims to be. And when Kieran’s expertly planned con collides with her perfectly constructed lies, they plunge into a dangerous game of cat and mouse.
Andy Mientus (Smash) has booked a regular role on CBS medical drama pilot LFE…Mientus…will play Trevor, a second-year surgical resident. His hypervigilance makes him a fast reactor to threatening stimuli, so when a crisis situation comes along, he is able to rise above and save the day— though he nearly will have a panic attack while he does it.
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