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TV Casting: THE WALKING DEAD, SPIN, ZOO, Lucy Lawless in SALEM

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The Walking Dead, Spin, Zoo, Salem, and other TV productions have made recent TV show casting, TV movie casting, and TV directing news. These shows and movies air on AMC, Syfy, CBS, and WGN.

The Flash (The CW)

Devon Graye – best known for playing teenager Dexter Morgan on Dexter – will play that copycat criminal, Axel. Presumably, this character is Axel Walker, who in the comics becomes the second Trickster after Jesse quits the criminal lifestyle. On The Flash, it’ll be Axel’s emergence on the scene that spurs Jesse into helping the police put a stop to this Trickster imposter.

Both versions of The Trickster are set to appear in episode 17 of The Flash

The Walking Dead (AMC)

Ross Marquand will join the zombie drama based on Robert Kirkman’s long-running comics

season and will be a series regular — with the likelihood to serve in the same capacity in the already announced sixth season.

While details on which character Marquand is playing are being kept under wraps, Kirkman previously noted on Talking Dead that a “prominent” gay character from his comics would be introduced in the second half of season five. Considering where AMC’s Walking Dead is in relation to the comics, all signs point to the character of Aaron being introduced, as the series could explore the Alexandria storyline next now that the group is reunited and back on the road looking for a new home. Aaron is a resident of the Alexandria Safe-Zone, the longest-running location that the comics has yet to feature. Aaron is first introduced in issue 67 of the comics and serves as a recruiter — with his work partner and boyfriend, Eric. He first crosses paths with Rick’s group while they are on the road to Washington.

[Ross Marquand] joins new addition Alexandra Breckenridge as a new face for season five. Her character, whose details also are being kept under wraps, will be introduced in the back half of the season with an option to be promoted to regular in season six. (Casting breakdowns have indicated she may be playing Samantha, a character that isn’t in the comics but who may be a fake name.)

Tough Cookie (ABC Family)

Rick Gonzalez (Coach Carter) has landed a series regular role on ABC Family comedy pilot Tough Cookie…will play Seth Whitfield, who works for the San Francisco Department of Children’s Services.

Kevin From Work (ABC Family)

Jordan Hinson (Eureka) is set as a regular and Amy Sedaris (Strangers With Candy) will guest star in ABC Family’s workplace comedy pilot Kevin From Work…Hinson…will play Roxie, Kevin’s younger sister who moves to Los Angeles on a whim, and, unlike her brother, who struggles with life, things just always seem to work out for her. Sedaris will play Julia, Kevin’s boss, who appears to delight in taunting Kevin sexually, with the knowledge that he’ll never get a promotion or a raise.

Queen Of The South (USA)

James Martinez (Breaking Bad, Aquarius) has joined the cast of USA Network’s drama pilot Queen Of The South…He will recur as Gato Fierros, a right-hand man of drug lord Cesar Guemes, who seems to delight in making his victims suffer before he does away with them.

Roadies (Showtime)

Luis Guzman (The Lookalike, How To Make It In America) and Finesse Mitchell (A.N.T. Farm, Saturday Night Live) have landed recurring roles in Showtime’s comedy pilot Roadies…Guzman will play Gooch, the band’s cherished bus driver. Mitchell is Harvey, the charming tour accountant.

Spin (Syfy)

Syfy has signed Jim Uhls (Fight Club, Jumper) to adapt Robert Charles Wilson’s Hugo Award-winning novel Spin into a six-hour miniseries produced by Rob Morrow. The book centers on a young scientist trying to save humanity from the impending apocalypse of a mysterious, impenetrable cloud that has enveloped the entire Earth, blacking out the stars.

Zoo (CBS)

Kristen Connolly (House Of Cards) and Revolution alum Billy Burke will co-star opposite James Wolk in CBS’ new summer drama series Zoo.

Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by James Patterson, Zoo is a global thriller about a wave of violent animal attacks against humans across the planet. As the assaults become more cunning, coordinated and ferocious, a young renegade biologist, Jackson Oz (Wolk), is thrust into the race to unlock the pandemic’s mystery before there’s no place left for people to hide. Connolly, who also co-stars on ABC midseason drama The Whispers, plays Jamie, a passionate young journalist intent on uncovering the story behind the mysterious animal behavior she’s been tracking. Burke plays Mitch, a straight-shooting large animal veterinarian who prefers the simple company of animals to navigating the complexities of humans. Also previously cast in the series are Nora Arnezeder and Nonso Anozie.

Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg wrote the adaptation

Salem (WGN America)

Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess, Spartacus) and Stuart Townsend (Betrayal, The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen) have been tapped for recurring guest roles on the second season of WGN America’s drama series Salem. Joe Doyle (Raw) also has joined the cast as a series regular, and Oliver Bell has been upped to regular from recurring in Season 1.

Lawless will play Countess Marburg, one of the last remaining survivors of the legendary line of ancient German witches. Townsend plays English aristocrat Samuel Wainwright, a doctor looking to uncover the secrets of “Salem” and keep his own from those who would seek to discover them. Doyle will play Baron Sebastian Marburg, the charming and cultured son of the Countess, and Bell will reprise his role as Mary’s long-lost son — long believed to be dead but who was revealed at the end of Season 1 to have been kept alive secretly by Mary’s witches.

The Vampire Diaries (The CW)

Tristin Mays has landed the recurring role of [Sarah Salvatore]

The real Sarah — The Vampire Diaries introduced a faux Sarah earlier in the season, who was an old friend of Sarah’s — is described as a bright and gifted student of photography, whose life is turned upside down as she unravels the mystery of her true family history.

The character is the daughter of Zach Salvatore (Chris William Martin), Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Stefan’s (Paul Wesley) distant nephew.

Mays will make her debut on The CW series during the Jan. 22 episode.

Sharknado 3 (Syfy)

Original Sharknado stars Ian Ziering & Tara Reid will be back for another stint as shark attack survivors Fin and April in the third installment of Syfy’s highly successful B-movie franchise. They round out the returning team of helmer Anthony C. Ferrante, directing from a script by Thunder Levin

Silicon Valley (HBO)

Patrick Fischler has booked recurring roles on ABC drama Once Upon a Time and HBO comedy Silicon Valley.

On Once, Fischler will play Gorin, a peddler who comes across as well-intentioned but is actually a quick-witted, arrogant man with reckless impulses. His character will be seen in both worlds — the fantasy one and Storybrooke — and is said to be crucial to the show’s mythology.

On Mike Judge’s Silicon Valley, Fischler plays Professor Bannercheck, a very serious academic glowing with self-satisfaction who has relocated himself and family to help the guys at Hooli.

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Source: Deadline, Hollywoodreporter, Screenrant

 

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