Game of Thrones (HBO)
James Faulkner (Downton Abbey) will play “Samwell’s stern and strong-willed father Randyll Tarly,” while Samantha Spiro (From Hell) will be his mother, Melessa Tarly, and Rebecca Benson will appear as Sam’s sister Talla Tarly.
Forest Whitaker plays “Fiddler,” a slave who tries to mentor Kunta Kinte and risks his life to help him escape; Anna Paquin as “Nancy Holt,” the wife of a Confederate officer who has her own agenda when it comes to the handling of slaves; Jonathan Rhys Meyers as “Tom Lea,” an uneducated slave owner desperate to claw his way into the elite company of Southern gentility; Anika Noni Rose (Dream Girls, The Good Wife) as “Kizzy,” the cherished, smart daughter of Kunta Kinte who maintains her family pride and warrior spirit; Chad L. Coleman (The Walking Dead, The Wire) as “Mingo,” a stern no-nonsense slave who keeps the Lea plantation afloat; Erica Tazel (Justified) as “Matilda,” a preacher’s daughter and love interest to “Chicken George”; and Derek Luke (Captain America: The First Avenger, Antwone Fisher) as “Silla Ba Dibba,” the military trainer of Juffure, charged with transforming teen boys into powerful Mandinka Warriors.
In addition, new talents Malachi Kirby and Regé-Jean Page have been cast after a “global search” as Kunta Kinte and Chicken George, respectively.
Multi-award winning Mario Van Peebles and two-time Oscar nominee Bruce Beresford are set to direct nights two and four, respectively. They join previously-announced multi-award winning Phillip Noyce and Emmy Award winner Thomas Carter, who are directing nights one and three, respectively.
The Walking Dead (AMC)
Xander Berkeley is…he’s playing “a top-secret Season 6 recurring role” but that the part is not Negan, well-known to readers of the comic book series. The character, mysterious as he is for now, is said to have “narcissism, a huge ego and self-preservation,” and is someone who “relishes the superiority that comes with being in control, but he plays it off with a car salesman-type charm.”
Berkeley’s character will show up in the second half of the new season of The Walking Dead
Doctor Who (BBC)
Jenna Coleman, who has played Clara Oswald on Doctor Who since 2012, is leaving the show later this year…she’s expect[ed] to make her last bow on the show before the airing of the Christmas Special
Simone Missick (“Ray Donovan”) has joined the cast to play popular character Misty Knight, a Harlem police detective who is determined to learn the truth about Luke Cage.
Theo Rossi (“Sons of Anarchy,” “Bad Hurt”) has joined the cast as Shades, a ruthless criminal with ties to Cage’s mysterious past.
Frank Whaley (“Ray Donovan,” “Pulp Fiction”) has been cast as Rafael Scarfe, a hard-nosed NYPD detective who partners with Misty Knight in their Luke Cage investigation.
Actress Rosario Dawson, celebrated for her work in “Top Five,” “Sin City,” and “Kids,” will reprise her role from “Marvel’s Daredevil” as nurse Claire Temple. Her blossoming friendship with Luke Cage will have a major impact on both characters’ lives.
Dumb Prince (NBC)
Amy Poehler is teaming up with “The Mindy Project” executive producer Charlie Grandy on a new NBC pilot
The pilot, titled “Dumb Prince,” is a half-hour family comedy about a prince whose rule throws his family into chaos.
Grandy wrote the pilot