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TV Casting: SUPERGIRL, ARROW, Adi Shankar directing GODS AND SECRETS

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Supergirl, Arrow, Gods and Secrets, and other TV productions have made recent TV show casting, TV movie casting, and TV directing news. These shows and movies air on CBS, The CW, and HBO.

Witches of East End (Syfy)

Syfy has cast…Julia Ormond in its futuristic espionage thriller pilot “Incorporated.”

Set in a future where companies have seemingly unlimited power, “Incorporated” centers on Ben Larson (Sean Teale), a young executive who risks everything to infiltrate an all-controlling corporate world and save the woman he loves. Ormand will play his mother-in-law, who is described as a “powerful top executive who enjoys the perks of her position, but is also trapped in a ruthless system that demands results.”

The Group (TBS)

Wyatt Cenac, “SNL” alum Ana Gasteyer and “The Office’s” Oscar Nunez to star in comedy pilot “The Group”

“The Group” follows a support group for people who think they have been abducted by aliens, which is the subject of a snarky feature piece by skeptical journalist Wyatt Jones (Cenac). The more he digs into the oddballs’ claims, however, the more confused, intrigued and seduced he becomes.

Alice Wetterlund will portray Kelly Grady, a goofy attractive girl who works as a temp and perpetually dates jerks.

As Gerry Johnson, Luka Jones is a social dropout and tollbooth worker who knows a lot about aliens.

Tracee Chimo is set to portray Chelsea Healey, a high-strung soul in the body of a housewife who is masking something much darker.

Playing hip priest Father Doug is Oscar Nunez. Father Doug manages the community room rentals at Our Lady of Sorrows in Beacon.

Da’Vine Joy Randolph‘s Yvonne Watson is the best door-to-door cosmetic salesperson on the Eastern seaboard in The Group.

Marylouise Burke portrays Margaret Flood, the sex-crazed retiree in Beacon’s retirement community.

Brian Huskey (Comedy Central’s Another Period, star of Matt Walsh’s A Better You) will be guest-starring as Richard Shenk in the pilot; a newly promoted executive of a “tech company” who has all the charisma of a manila envelope and fervently believes that his wife was “taken” by “aliens.”

Greenleaf (OWN)

“Lost” writer and producer Craig Wright is teaming with Lionsgate on a new OWN megachurch drama series, “Greenleaf.”

Here is the official series’ description:

Like so many megachurches in America, Greenleaf is more than just a house of worship. It’s a home. It’s the center of the community for the thousands of predominantly African-American members who attend services there. But beneath its steeple lies a den of iniquity — greed, adultery, sibling rivalry and conflicting values — a multigenerational matrix of deception that involves the church’s founding family, but also extends to the congregation and prominent members of the Memphis community and beyond. Yet, amidst all of the mayhem and deception, the power of something greater persists, calling everyone to conscience for their sins.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox)

Archie Panjabi is heading back to TV via Fox’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

Panjabi…will guest star as Lieutenant Knox, a police officer with a crush on Joe Lo Truglio’s Detective Boyle.

Her first return to the small screen since “The Good Wife” will come on Season 3’s Episode 2, which is slated to air Oct. 4.

Taboo (BBC)

Kristoffer Nyholm…has signed on to direct the first four episodes of the eight-part dramatic miniseries

The period drama will follow Tom Hardy (“Mad Max: Fury Road”) as rogue adventurer James Keziah Delaney, who returns from Africa in 1813 with 14 ill-gotten diamonds and is bent on avenging his father’s death. Refusing to sell the family business to the East India Company, Delaney sets out to build his own trade and shipping empire and finds himself playing a very dangerous game.

Stay (ABC)

Skeet Ulrich and Mia Vallet…have been cast as series regulars in ABC Family drama pilot Stay…Ulrich…will play Shane Brenner, a recent widower who’s mysteriously packed up his family and is moving them across the country. Vallet…is Girl in Gray, first seen at a party in the Grayfield Manor 90 years ago, where she’s seen fleeing the home and then shot. Later she’s seen in the present at the Grayfield Hotel, where still injured, she’s brought inside and her wounds are attended to, though she doesn’t regain consciousness.

The Detour (TBS)

Daniella Pineda (American Odyssey, The Originals) has been cast as a series regular in TBS comedy, The Detour…Jason Jones…plays unfiltered dad Nate, who packs his wife, Robin (Natalie Zea), along with their rebellious daughter Delilah (Ashley Gerasimovich) and simpleton son Jared (Liam Carroll), into the family car for what Nate is convinced will be the adventure of a lifetime. Every leg of their trip, however, is fraught with unforeseen disaster as they encounter one hellish turn after another. Pineda…will play Vanessa, Robin’s obliviously distasteful sister.

The Player (NBC)

Courtney Grosbeck has booked a recurring role on NBC drama series The Player (formerly Endgame)…Grosbeck plays Dani, the teenage niece of Alex King (Philip Winchester) who is mourning the loss of her Aunt Ginny, King’s wife.

Berlin Station (Epix)

Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man) is set to star opposite Richard Jenkins in Berlin Station…[which] follows Daniel Meyer, a newly anointed case officer who has arrived at the CIA foreign station in Berlin to uncover the source of a leak who has supplied information to a whistleblower. Guided by jaded veteran, Case Officer Hector DeJean (Ifans) — a darkly charming, tenacious agent who works for Chief Steven Frost (Jenkins) — Daniel learns to contend with the rough-and-tumble world of the field agent — agent-running, deception, the dangers and moral compromises.

Animal Kingdom (TNT)

Ellen Barkin (Sea of Love) and Scott Speedman (The Strangers) have been cast as leads in TNT’s drama pilot Animal Kingdom,

Barkin plays Janine “Smurf ” Cody, a working-class mom with what appears to be a picket-fence lifestyle who is actually the boot-tough matriarch of an organized crime family and has enough authority to make even the most dangerous men tremble in her presence. Speedman plays Cody’s son and Josh’s uncle Barry “Baz” Brown. Adopted by the Cody family when he was 12, Baz now leads the group in their armed robberies, but he also thinks of breaking away from a life of crime.

Blindspot (NBC)

Michael Gaston has landed a recurring role in NBC’s new thriller drama series Blindspot…Gaston will play CIA Deputy Director Tom Carter, who assists the FBI team delving into the mystery, meaning and implications of Jane Doe’s tattoos.

Bosch (Amazon)

Brent Sexton (The Killing) has booked a season-long recurring arc on Amazon’s drama series Bosch. Sexton will play Carl Nash, a former police detective who was shoved out of the department by internal affairs and who has a long history with Bosch (Titus Welliver).

Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC)

Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. has added Constance Zimmer (Entourage) in a recurring role…Zimmer has signed on to play the head of a mysterious new government agancy that will compete head-to-head with Clark Gregg’s Phil Coulson and his S.H.I.E.L.D. team as they both search the world for new Inhumans. Zimmer will make her debut in the season three premiere and is being described as the primary antagonist when the season picks up and a more than formidable foe for Coulson. There’s no word yet on whether she’s playing a pre-existing Marvel character or an entirely new character created for the show.

Gods and Secrets (HBO)

Adi Shankar…will make his directorial debut with HBO’s Gods And Secrets…Shankar will team up with Stewart Yost to co-direct this dark superhero drama that’s said to be inspired by Alan Moore’s seminal graphic novel, Watchmen. The drama will feature an original team named ‘Guardians Of Justice’, and explore the more secretive and shady aspects of celebrity culture by applying it to superheroes. The series is set to star WWE’s Diamond Dallas Page, Jackson Rathbone (The Twilight Saga), Kellan Lutz (The Legend Of Hercules), Sharni Vinson (You’re Next) and Andy Milonakis.

Denise Richards (Wild Things, Starship Troopers, The World Is Not Enough) and Jane Seymour (Live And Let Die, How I Met Your Mother, Battlestar Galactica) have joined the cast in unspecified roles. Gods And Secrets will focus on the exploits of a superteam known as the “Guardians of Justice”, and will explore “the darker ramifications of a world filled with superheroes — for the people they protect and the famous heroes themselves.”

Arrow (The CW)

Arrow has cast actor Ryan Robbins to play the villain Conklin for its upcoming fourth season.

Robbins’ Conklin character will be a series regular, combatting Oliver Queen as a member of the Shadowspire organization during the series’ flashback segments. Robbins will debut on season four’s third episode

Supergirl (CBS)

Chris Browning (Sons of Anarchy, The 100) has been tapped to play Ben Krull, aka Reactron, a deadly adversary of Superman’s from Metropolis, who wears an armored suit powered by nuclear energy.

…being the cousin of the Man of Steel comes with its drawbacks. Since Krull has never been able to defeat his rival, he’ll venture to National City to get revenge on Superman by trying to kill Supergirl.

Browning is slated to appear in the show’s third episode, though he has the potential to recur. His casting comes on the heels of Supergirl adding…Peter Facinelli as DC Comics character Maxwell Lord.

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