Monday, February 11, 2013

TV News - 'Arrow,' 'The Vampire Diaries,' 'Supernatural,' 'Mom,' 'Scandal,' 'Intelligence,' 'Veep,' 'Dracula,' 'New Girl,' 'Ray Donovan' & 'The Originals'

        Monday, February 11 - The CW has announced early season renewals for three of their hit series for next season - freshman hit Arrow, their top-rated drama The Vampire Diaries and fan favorite Supernatural.

Lisa Edelstein (House, The Good Wife) has booked a guest appearance on an upcoming episode of ABC's Scandal. She will play a client of Olivia Pope and Associates.

Nate Corddry (Harry's Law, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip) has landed the male lead role in the CBS comedy pilot Mom. He will play Gabriel, the married boss with whom series lead Christy (Anna Faris) is having an affair.

Amanda Lund will co-star opposite Craig Robinson on NBC's untitled comedy pilot from The Office's Greg Daniels and Owen Ellickson. She will play Elizabeth, a perky and earnest fellow teacher who is a strong believer that the best way to teach students is by constant and unwavering positive reinforcement and has a hard time relating to Craig's (Robinson) loose and self-motivated behavior.

Lost alum Josh Holloway has landed the leading in the CBS drama pilot Intelligence from Michael Seitzman. He will play Gabriel Black, a former Navy SEAL and dedicated intelligence officer who has a very special gift - a microchip that has been implanted in his brain that allows him to access the entire electromagnetic spectrum.

HBO's Emmy-nominated comedy Veep starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus will return for its 10-episode second season on Sunday, April 14 at 10/9c.

Psych regular Maggie Lawson has landed the lead role opposite James Caan and Griffin Gluck on ABC's untitled comedy pilot from Mark and Robb Cullen. She will play Terry Gannon, a recently divorced single mother who temporarily moves in with her estranged father (Caan) and reluctantly starts coaching her son Tommy's (Gluck) underdog Little League team.

Thomas Kretschmann (The River) and Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Mr. Selfridge) have joined the cast of NBC's upcoming new drama series Dracula. Kretschmann will play Abraham Van Helsing, a brilliant professor with a seemingly cool exterior whose obsession with revenge and power may make him a more dangerous threat to the public than Dracula (Jonathan Rhys Meyers). Jackson-Cohen will play Jonathan Harker, a handsome, tenacious and slightly gauche journalist desperate to climb the ranks of aristocracy.

FOX's New Girl has cast Nick Kroll (Kroll Show) and Bill Burr (Breaking Bad) as two members of Nick's (Jake Johnson) family. Kroll will play Jamie, the dim-yet-passionate younger brother of Nick's who is an air conditioner repairman. Burr will play Bobby, Nick's loudmouthed cousin and a TSA agent at Boston's Logan Airport who is always fighting with Jamie.

Frank Whaley (Pulp Fiction, Field of Dreams) has landed a recurring role on Showtime's new drama Ray Donovan. He will play Van Miller, an FBI agent who is investigating illegal activity in Hollywood.

Andre Braugher (Last Resort) has landed a co-starring role in FOX's untitled comedy from Dan Goor and Mike Schur starring Andy Samberg. He will play Captain Holt, who after 30 years on the force has finally gotten his own command and he's not going to let anyone - especially Jake (Samberg) - screw it up. Additionally, Parks and Recreation writer Chelsea Peretti has landed a series regular role on the comedy. She will play Gina, another officer in the department.

Matt Jones (Breaking Bad) and Spencer Daniels (The Office) have joined the cast of CBS' comedy pilot Mom. Jones will play Baxter, ex-husband to Christy (Anna Faris) and father of Roscoe (Blake Garrett Rosenthal). Daniels will play, Luke the boyfriend of Christy's daughter Violet.

Leah Pipes (Life is Wild, The Deep End) is joining the backdoor pilot for The CW's The Originals. She will play Camille, a college psychology student fascinated by the study of human behavior unaware of the supernatural universe that exists around her.