Thursday, February 14, 2013

TV News - 'Under the Dome,' 'Friends & Family,' 'The Surgeon General,' 'The McCarthys,' 'Turn,' 'Welcome to the Family,' 'Royal Pains,' 'About a Boy,' 'Hannibal,' 'Believe,' 'Blink,' 'The Gates' & 'The Advocates'

        Thursday, February 14 - Breaking Bad star Dean Norris has joined the cast of CBS' summer series Under the Dome. He will play Big Jim, the successful owner of Chester's Mill's used car dealership and a town councilman - a position he takes very seriously.

Parenthood recurring player Jason Ritter has signed on to star in FOX's comedy pilot Friends & Family from David Rosen (I Just Want My Pants Back). He will play Gavin, a neurotic and smart good guy who's excited about his first real date with Stacey, a co-worker from rural Pennsylvania, he's become friends with through Skype and Facebook.

Awake star Jason Isaacs has landed the lead role in the CBS drama pilot The Surgeon General from Samual Baum (Lie to Me). He will play Dr. John Sherman, the most powerful doctor in the nation, the Surgeon General, who has 315 million patients. As "America's Doctor," Sherman and his team battle the powerful forces of politics and business and fight to protect the health of everyday Americans.

Jake Lacy (The Office) has been tapped for a starring role on the CBS comedy pilot The McCarthys. He will play Ronny, the smart, funny, neurotic son who came out to his family two years ago. He's finally decided to move out and begin a life away from his family but they keep finding ways to involve him in their drama.

Meegan Warner (My Place) and Daniel Henshall (Devil's Dust) are the first actors cast in the AMC drama pilot Turn from Craig Silverstein and Barry Josephson. Warner will play Mary Woodhull, a mother who doesn't want to see her young son grow up to be a soldier. She adamantly doesn't want to become involved in the war with England and hopes it will leave her family alone. Henshall will play Caleb Brewster, a near-fearless former whaler who's now a lieutenant in the Second Continental Artillery. He loves hand-to-hand combat and is eager to fight back against the oppressive British.

Mike O'Malley (Glee) will play a lead role in the NBC comedy pilot Welcome to the Family from Mike Sikowitz (Rules of Engagement). He will play Dan, the patriarch of a white family and an affable orthodontist not known for rolling with the punches who is newly energized by the prospect of beginning his next chapter when his 18-year-old daughter leaves the nest.

USA's Royal Pains has upgrade Ben Shenkman, who plays Dr. Jeremiah Sacani on the drama, to series regular for the upcoming fifth season set to premiere in June. Shenkman joined the series on a recurring basis at the start of the fourth season.

Minnie Driver (Good Will Hunting) will co-star on the NBC comedy pilot About a Boy from Jason Katims (Parenthood) and starring David Walton. She will play Fiona, an eccentric and quirky mother who is attempting to find herself following her recent divorce. She's in a stage of "vegan throwback hippie-ness" and still sad about the split when she and her son move next door to Will (Walton) in San Francisco in the hopes that they can improve their lives.

NBC has finally announced a premiere date for the highly-anticipated drama Hannibal from executive producer Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies). The series starring Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen will premiere on Thursday, April 4 at 10/9c. Fuller announced the news on Twitter.

Jake McLaughlin (Savages) is set as the co-lead in NBC's drama pilot Believe from Alfonso Cuarón and J.J. Abrams. The project focuses on the unlikely relationship between Bo, a girl in possession of a great gift/powers and Tate (McLaughlin), the man who is sprung from prison to protect her from those trying to hunt her down.

Madeline Carroll had landed the lead role in The CW drama pilot Blink from Vera Herbert and David Marshall Grant. She will play Ari, an old soul brimming with teen angst who is having a hard time dealing with her father's accident and spends most of her time at the hospital with him.

CCH Pounder (The Shield) has been tapped for a co-starring role on the CBS drama pilot The Advocates from Bruno Heller. She will play the dedicated head of the Victims Advocate office.

The NBC comedy pilot The Gates has promoted Stephen Guarino from a guest star to a full fledged series regular. He plays Brett, a gay dad who is very much involved with the PTA.