Heart Matters (NBC)
D.L. Hughley (The Original Kings Of Comedy) has joined the cast of NBC’s drama pilot Heart Matters…Hughley will play Dr. Hackett, the psychiatrist at the hospital.
Joshua Leonard (If I Stay) has Joshua Leonard 1joined the cast of NBC’s drama pilot Heart Matters…Leonard…will play Max, Alex’s (Melissa George) ex-husband.
Jason Scott Lee (Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story) has booked a series regular role in Warrior…Lee…will play Koto, a martial arts master chosen to recruit Kai (Martinez) to work with Interpol on stopping a Japanese organized crime syndicate.
Ian Colletti (Fox’s Rake) has joined the drama pilot, from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg…Colletti plays Eugene Root, aka Arseface. Even with his horribly disfigured face and severe speech impediment, Eugene’s still the nicest kid you’ll ever meet and really looks up to Jesse. Stomach-churningly difficult to look at, Eugene’s the town’s reviled Frankenstein’s monster, but that won’t change his earnest, sweet and pure outlook on life. However, he is troubled by something terrible he’s done in the past — something he fears might have turned God himself against him.
Ruth Negga has been cast as the female lead in Preacher..Along with his ex-girlfriend, Tulip (Negga) — Jesse’s former and only true love — and an Irish vampire named Cassidy, the three embark on a journey to literally find God. Tulip is described as a volatile, action-packed, sexified force of nature, a capable, unrepentant criminal with a love of fashion and ability to construct helicopter-downing bazookas out of coffee cans and corn shine who’s not afraid to steal, kill or corn cob-stab her way out of a bad situation.
Famous In Love (ABC)
I. Marlene King…is adapting another book as ABC Family logoa potential series for ABC Family. Bella Thorne is set to star in the drama project, now in development, which is based on Rebecca Serle’s romantic novel Famous In Love. King and Serle are writing the adaptation, which centers on a college student (Thorne) plucked from obscurity to star in a major Hollywood movie franchise who struggles with her new-found fame.
Ties That Bind (UP)
Kelli Williams has been cast as the lead in UP network’s first scripted series Ties That Bind. Williams will play Allison, a tough and fearless police detective in the hybrid police procedural and family drama. The 10-episode series revolves around Williams’ character, Allison, who must arrest her younger brother for aggravated assault. Her world drastically changes when her brother is convicted and sent to prison. She then brings his two teenage children into her family’s home, joining her husband and her own teenage children. The series focuses on the challenges both families face and joys and struggles of the teens as they adjust to their new home.
The Brothers Grimm
Miramax has tapped screenwriter Ehren Kruger…to bring The Brothers Grimm to television. Kruger, who penned the screenplay for the 2005 feature film starring Matt Damon and Heath Ledger, will build off the origin story introduced in the pic…The new series will follow the swashbuckling adventures of brothers Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm, who discover startling mythology and supernatural stakes behind the folklore sweeping 19th century Europe.
Necar Zadegan (Girlfriends Guide To Divorce) and Lyndon Smith (Parenthood) are the latest cast additions for the upcoming second season of CBS’ summer drama series Extant. Zadegan will recur as Shayna Velez (fka Martine), a former Lt. Colonel, now Chief of Staff to Tobias Shepherd (David Morrissey), head of Global Security Commission (threat assessment center.) Strong, smart, opinionated, her agenda doesn’t always jive with her boss’s — which may bring her into direct conflict with Molly Woods (Halle Berry), Smith….will recur as JD Richter’s (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) estranged and rebellious daughter.
For Justice (CBS)
Mario Van Peebles (Ali) has been cast in a guest role with a series option in CBS’ civil rights crime drama pilot For Justice. Also joining as a series regular is Leonardo Nam (Vantage Point)…Peebles…will play Ben, Nat’s (Anika Noni Rose) father. He’s a long-time revolutionary, determined to overthrow the American government by subversion or political action, and he’s been living an underground life for decades. Nam…is Leon, an FBI agent with the Civil Rights Unit and the best-dressed, best-groomed man in the Bureau. He’s also ranked in mixed martial arts.
Rush Hour (CBS)
Page Kennedy (Backstrom) has booked a role in CBS’ hourlong pilot Rush Hour…Kennedy…is cast as a guest star with a series option in second position to his Fox series Backstrom. He will play Gerald, Carter’s (Justin Hires) cousin. Gerald runs with a rough crowd, and he’s in the know about a lot of stuff that is often helpful to a police investigation. He comes off as vicious and terrifying, but it’s merely an act.
Joe Time (CBS)
Rita Moreno has booked a series regular role in CBS’ multi-cam comedy pilot Joe Time…Moreno will play Judy, Joe’s (Steven Weber) mom. She’s in love with her husband Mitch, and also preoccupied with physical fitness and her amazing personal trainer. Also cast in regular roles are Alli Kinzel and Noland Ammon (Awesomeness TV). Kinzel is Lucy, the daughter and eldest child of Joe ( Weber), who works with him in the family construction business. Ammon…plays Andrew, the son and youngest child of Joe, a piano player who thinks it’s cool to accompany his grandfather during his cabaret performance.
The Kingmakers (ABC)
Khary Payton…has landed a series regular role in ABC’s drama pilot The Kingmakers…Payton…will play Ben Wheeler, a laid-back and casual professor who is an anomaly among his stuffed-shirt peers at Braddock.
Delores & Jermaine (ABC)
Christina Moore (Last Man Standing) is set as a series regular opposite Jermaine Fowler and Whoopi Goldberg in ABC’s multi-camera comedy pilot Delores & Jermaine. Delores & Jermaine stars Fowler as a millennial with big ideas, but very little drive, who moves in with his estranged grandmother (Goldberg), a strict, football-loving, former D.C. cop who needs his youthful enthusiasm in her life as much as he needs her old-school parenting. Moore, repped by Gersh and manager Dan Spilo, plays Ebony, Jermaine’s mother, Marsha’s new wife.
Matthew Rauch has been promoted to regular for the upcoming fourth season of Cinemax’s drama series Banshee…He’ll now continue as Clay as a series regular. Described as quiet, but deadly, Clay is Kai Proctor’s multifaceted and deeply complicated bodyguard and right-hand man. Also joining the cast as a recurring is Casey LaBow (The Twilight Saga; Breaking Dawn, Parts 1 and 2). She will play Maggie, wife to a local leader of the Aryan Brotherhood, who desperately wants a better life for her and her son.
Ed Quinn (Eureka) has booked a 10-episode arc on the upcoming third season of ABC’s summer series Mistresses. Quinn will play Dr. Alec Adams, an internist at the hospital. Socially stiff, sometimes downright offensive, Alec is hard to read, but he proves to be a man of much character, depth, and sensitivity. Especially when it comes to his most difficult patient — his ailing wife.
From Dusk To Dawn: The Series (El Rey)
Esai Morales (Criminal Minds, NYPD Blue) has been tapped for a recurring role on the upcoming second season of Robert Rodriguez’s From Dusk To Dawn: The Series. He will play Lord Amancio Malvado, a figure of terrifying cruelty and power who has a complicated and obsessive relationship with Santánico Pandemonium (Eiza González).
Lesley-Ann Brandt has landed one of the female leads in Fox’s drama pilot Lucifer…She replaces Lina Esco, who was originally cast in the role. The change was made after the pilot’s table read, with Esco released and Brandt, who also had tested for the role, brought in.
Brandt will play Lucifer’s best friend Maze, a fierce demon in the form of a beautiful young woman.
True Detective (HBO)
Sources say at least two major talents in the adult film industry, Amia Miley and Peta Jensen, both 24, were hired for a deliriously vast, Eyes Wide Shut-caliber orgy sequence involving dozens of naked bodies.
Funny twist: The adult actresses apparently are among the few people who actually don’t get totally naked.
the production didn’t hire Miley and Jensen for their porn experience. The women signed up with the extras casting service the show is using and were employed along with dozens of other men and women willing to strip down for the Emmy-winning drama.
Ravi Patel (Transformers) has booked a series regular role opposite John Stamos in Fox’s single-camera comedy pilot Grandpa…Patel…will play Ken, Jimmy’s (John Stamos) good friend who is always up for a party but is never invited to one.
Cooper Barrett’s Guide To Surviving Life (Fox)
Charlie Saxton (Hung, Betas) is set as a series regular in Fox comedy pilot Cooper Barrett’s Guide To Surviving Life…Written by Jay Lacopo…It centers on 26-year-old Cooper Barrett (Jack Cutmore-Scott) who, during a particularly disastrous experience, decides it’s time somebody let the under 20 crowd know about the unexpected challenges of post- college life. Saxton…will play Neal Kang one of Cooper’s roommates. Fresh out of college, he is excited about his new job working in an office, designing scalable software platforms, but terrified about the number of strangers he’s going to have to interact with.
The Curse Of The Fuentes Women (NBC)
Robbie Jones (Hellcats) has joined the cast of NBC’s drama pilot The Curse Of The Fuentes Women, as a series regular…Jones…will play Jean-Baptiste, the line cook at Café Fuentes who’s taken over for Esperanza (Rachel Ticotin). With business dwindling he spends most of his time gawking at his boss, Lola (Christina Vidal), whom he’s desperately in love with. Jones recently wrapped an arc on Amazon’s Bosch.
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