Show Me a Hero, Westworld, Powers, and other television productions have all made recent TV show casting, TV movie casting, and TV directing news. These shows and movies air on HBO and Sony Playstation Network.
Show Me A Hero (HBO)
James Belushi (According To Jim), Terry Kinney (Oz), and Michael Stahl-David (Cloverfield) have been cast opposite Oscar Isaac and Catherine Keener in HBO’s six-hour miniseries Show Me A Hero…it tells the story of Nick Wasicsko (Isaac), the youngest big-city mayor in the nation who finds himself thrust into the center of a racial controversy when a federal court orders him to build a small number of low-income housing units in the white neighborhoods of his town, Yonkers, N.Y.. His attempt to do so tears the city apart, paralyzes the municipal government and, ultimately, destroys his political future. Belushi will play six-term Yonkers Mayor Angelo R. Martinelli, who argued to comply with the judge’s order and lost his seat as a result. Kinney will play Peter Smith, the Yonkers Housing Authority’s director who waded through the political and bureaucratic morass to ensure that the public housing was built. Stahl-David will play James Surdoval, the political consultant who helped guide young Nick Wasicsko’s political career.
Powers (Sony Playstation Network)
Eddie Izzard is set to co-star in Powers, the Sony Playstation Network series…Also cast in major roles in the direct-to-series project are Noah Taylor and Olesya Rulin…Izzard…will play Wolfe, the bogeyman of the POWERS universe — a top-level Power who has spent the last two decades incarcerated in the Shaft, his terrible abilities kept in check through a brutal regimen of surgical procedures. Before that, he was a mentor of then-up-and-coming Powers, Walker. Taylor will play Johnny Royalle, a criminal mastermind Power with the ability to pop in and out of locations at will. He owns a cutting edge underground venue, the Here and Gone Club, that may be part of a dark and deadly conspiracy…Rulin plays Calista, a teenage Power wannabe with street smarts, attitude and vulnerability who is always seeking out her next move…David Slade is directing the first two episodes of Powers from scripts by Charlie Huston
Justine Lupe (Francis Ha) has joined the cast of Cristela, ABC‘s semi-autobiographical multi-camera comedy co-created by and starring rising stand-up comedian Cristela Alonzo. The show, co-written by Alonzo and Kevin Hench, tells the story of Cristela (Alonzo), an American Latina straddling two cultures while not fully belonging to either. Cristela, in her sixth year of law school and living rent-free with her older, thinner, prettier, more traditional sister Daniela (Maria Canals-Barrera) and brother-in-law Felix (Carlos Ponce), lands a prestigious law firm internship as her old world, outspoken, good-hearted mother Natalia (Terri Hoyos) hectors her about getting a real job, her brother-in-law encourages her to move out and her sister runs low on patience. Lupe…will play Maddie, an intern at the law firm.
Anger Management (FX)
Michael Gross (Family Ties, Tremors) has booked a recurring role on FX’s Charlie Sheen comedy Anger Management. Gross…will play a psychic therapist who Charlie (Sheen) goes to for relationship advice.
Derek Hough has joined the upcoming third season of ABC’s country music drama Nashville for a multi-episode arc. He will play Noah West, a beguiling and disarming movie star who will cross paths with the players of Nashville’s music realm for the first time when he’s tapped for a leading role in the biopic of a famous country singer.
American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX)
the newest, and smallest, cast member of American Horror Story’s fourth season…[is] the world’s shortest woman, Jyoti Amge.
Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce (Bravo)
Alanna Ubach has joined the cast of Bravo’s first original scripted series Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce and Matthew Glave (Growing Up Fisher) and Virginia Williams (Fairly Legal) have been tapped for recurring roles. It centers on Abby (Lisa Edelstein), a self-help book author who hides the fact that she’s separated from her husband as she starts to navigate her life as a single woman in her early 40s in Los Angeles. Ubach will play Jo, a blunt, brassy New Yorker and Abby’s best friend from college who comes to LA to help Abby through her divorce. Janeane Garafolo and Beau Garrett co-star as Lyla and Phoebe, respectively, Abby’s new divorced friends. As Ubach’s character Jo is introduced, Garafolo’s Lyla will be phased out and Jo will succeed Lyla as Abby’s best friend. Glave…and Williams will recur as Gordon and Courtney Beech, a high-profile fashion couple currently going through a divorce handled by Delia (Necar Zadegan).
The Brink (HBO)
Carla Gugino (Night At The Museum, Wayward Pines) is set for a multi-episode arc opposite Jack Black and Tim Robbins on HBO half-hour comedy series The Brink, from Jerry Weintraub. Directed by Jay Roach from a script by brothers Roberto and Kim Benabib…Gugino…. will play Joanne Larson, a Washington super lawyer in her prime, and a formidable match to her husband, the Secretary of State.
Thandie Newton has closed a deal to co-star in the project…Newton…will play the beautiful and razor-sharp Maeve Millay, the Westworld madame whose seen-it-all-before worldview is about to be truly challenged.
Bex Taylor-Klaus has been cast as one of the leads, Audrey Jensen, replacing Amy Forsyth, who was originally cast in the role…Audrey Jensen is the daughter of a Lutheran pastor and an artsy loner who aspires to be a filmmaker.
Bobby Campo (The Final Destination) will recur as Seth Branson, a hot English teacher at Lakewood High who has an easy charm and is clearly one of the “cool” teachers, who can go with it if a lesson plan gets a little off-track.
Connor Weil (Sharknado) will be a series regular and portray Will Belmont, an all-American high school basketball player who adores his girlfriend, Emma (Fitzgerald).
Joel Gretsch (Witches of East End, V, The 4400) is set as Sheriff Clark Hudson, a good guy and good sheriff who is father to Kieran (Amadeus Serafini). David Arquette famously portrayed the lovable sheriff in Williamson’s features.
Messengers (The CW)
Navid Negahban and…Lauren Bowles have booked recurring roles on the midseason series…Bowles…will portray Sen. Cindy Richards, a hard-working, passionate politician driven by a painful personal past. When she crosses paths with the so-called Messengers, she’s not only in the midst of a reelection campaign, but also on the verge of making choices that may have a long-lasting impact far beyond the Beltway.
Negahban…is set to play a Middle Eastern prime minister whose responsibility of keeping peace in his volatile country weighs heavily on him, and may force him to make some very unpopular decisions.
Shantel VanSanten (One Tree Hill) leads the cast, which includes Jon Fletcher, Sofia Black-D’Elia, JD Pardo, Joel Courtney, Anna Diop, Craig Frank and Diogo Morgado.
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