Thursday, February 21, 2013

TV News - 'The Newsroom,' 'Assistance,' 'To My Future Assistant,' 'The McCarthys,' 'The Selection,' 'Sleepy Hollow,' 'Girlfriend in a Coma,' 'Big Thunder,' 'The Tomorrow People,' 'Bad Teacher,' 'Second Sight,' 'Reckless,' 'The Office,' 'Beverly Hills Cop,' 'The Hundred,' 'Gothica,' 'The Ordained,' 'Hatfields & McCoys' & 'Mom'

        Thursday, February 21 - Constance Zimmer (Entourage, House of Cards, Grey's Anatomy) will recur on the upcoming second season of HBO's The Newsroom. She will play Taylor, a press spokesperson for the Mitt Romney 2012 presidential campaign.

Peter Cambor (Wedding Band) will co-star opposite Krysten Ritter on the NBC comedy pilot Assistance from Leslye Headland. He will play Jeremy, Nora's (Ritter) longtime boyfriend and a recent medical school graduate.

Joe Egender and Melissa Tang have joined the cast of the FOX comedy pilot To My Future Assistant from Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer. Egender will play Roy, a sarcastic paralegal who assists the imperious Magda (Catherine O'Hara) with various and sundry unpleasant tasks and has a secret crush on co-worker/law firm assistant Jen. Tang will play Claire, a young assistant at the firm who willingly volunteers for the most odious chores and is always super cheery - until she gets promoted.

Joey McIntyre (Boston Public) and Jessica Chaffin (The Heat) have joined the CBS comedy pilot The McCarthys from Brian Gallivan. McIntyre will play Gerald McCarthy, the one short guy in the family who is always mad about it. Chaffin will play Jackie McCarthy, who swings wildly from overconfidence to insecurity and is completely unaware that she's her mother's (Jacki Weaver) least favorite.

Peta Sergeant has been added to the retooled CW drama pilot The Selection again - after starring in the failed version last development season. She will play Gaia, a rebel leader who is working to overthrow the monarchy.

Newcomer Nicole Beharie has landed the female lead on the FOX drama pilot Sleepy Hollow from Alex Kurtzman, Bob Orci and Phillip Iscove. The project follows Ichabod Crane as he partners with Sleepy Hollow's Detective Abbie Archer (Beharie) to solve the mysteries of a town ravaged by the battle between good and evil. Abbie is about to leave for the FBI Academy when she witnesses the brutal murder of someone close to her and her story is corroborated by only one person - Crane.

Daniel Stern (Home Alone) has joined the cast of the NBC comedy pilot Girlfriend in a Coma from Liz Brixius. He will play Tom McNeil, Karen's (Christina Ricci) father who is a salt of the earth electrician and who has been raising her daughter, Evie (Miranda Cosgrove).

One Tree Hill vet Pierce Gagnon is the first to be cast on the ABC drama pilot Big Thunder from Chris Morgan and Jason Fuchs. He will play Jack, the terminally ill nephew of the show's central couple. Sweet but chafing under the constraints of his illness, Jack seems to flourish in the new world of the wild west, soon a healthy, energetic child. He also frequently draws what he sees in his dreams which happen to also be curious yet ominous depictions of places and events in Big Thunder.

Robbie Amell (1600 Penn) has landed the lead role on The CW drama pilot The Tomorrow People. He will play Stephen, a tormented young man who longs to be normal and is relieved when he learns that he's not crazy but rather part of a group of genetically superior "Tomorrow People."

Ryan Hansen (Party Down, Veronica Mars, 2 Broke Girls) will co-star on the CBS comedy pilot Bad Teacher opposite Ari Graynor. He will play the shorts-wearing athletics coach at the school.

Kim Dickens (Treme) has landed a role on the CBS drama pilot Second Sight from Michael and Gerald Cuesta and starring Jason Lee. She will play Sammy, a detective on the right-knit team.

Ashton Holmes (Revenge) and Lou Taylor Pucci are joining the cast of the ABC drama pilot Reckless from Chris Black. Holmes will play Wyatt, an acquaintance of David's from college who puts him in contact with a mercenary. Pucci will play Ryan, Sarah's (Eloise Mumford) brother.

The Sopranos alum Michael Imperioli will guest on a spring episode of NBC's The Office. He will play Sensei Billy, a karate instructor who teaches a class that Dwight (Rainn Wilson) takes and gets very easily irritated by his constant antics.

Oscar-winner Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite) has landed a co-starring role opposite Jim Gaffigan on his currently untitled comedy pilot at CBS - which he co-wrote with Peter Tolan. The project centers on Jim (Gaffigan) a guy who lives with his wife Jeannie (Sorvino) and five kids in a 2-bedroom New York apartment. Jeannie is a super-wife and super-mom. The mother of five kids, she has a sixth child in her house - her husband, Jim.

Argo's Sheila Vand has booked the female lead role on the CBS drama pilot Beverly Hills Cop - a continuation of the movie franchise from Shawn Ryan focusing on Axel Foley's (Eddie Murphy) son, Aaron (Brandon T. Jackson). She will play Leila, a Beverly Hills detective who gave up a life of privilege for one of independence. She's sharp and frustrated when newcomer Aaron insists on keeping secrets while not playing by the rules.

Bob Morley (Home and Away) and Eli Goree (Emily Owens, M.D.) are set to co-star on The CW drama pilot The Hundred from Jason Rothenberg. Morley will play Bellamy, the manipulative, strong and crafty oldest member of the delinquents on the space station. Goree will play Wells Jaha, another delinquent on the space station who is dislike by the others because many of their parents have been imprisoned - or worse - by Wells' father, the chancellor of the space station.

Chris Egan and Tom Ellis have been cast as lead characters on the ABC drama pilot Gothica from Matt Lopez. The project centers on Victor Frankenstein (Ellis) who runs a hospital that also does biotech research and believes that he may have a way to bring his recently deceased daughter back to life. Victor was once romantically involved with the series' lead, Grace Van Helsing. Dorian Gray (Egan) is a wealthy playboy who invests $20 million in Grace's newspaper.

Charlie Cox (Boardwalk Empire) has landed the lead role on the CBS drama pilot The Ordained from Lisa Takeuchi Cullen. He will play Tom Reilly, the son of a Kennedy-esque family who leaves the priesthood and becomes a lawyer to prevent his politician sister from being assassinated.

Jesse Lee Soffer (The Mob Doctor) has scored the lead role in the NBC drama pilot Hatfields & McCoys from John Glenn. He will play Patrick McCoy, the steady, fair-minded prodigal son of the McCoy family who returns home after years away. When his father is gunned down shortly thereafter and all evidence points to the Hatfields, Patrick finds himself at the breaking point and vows to destroy the rival clan.

3rd Rock from the Sun alum French Stewart will co-star on the CBS comedy pilot Mom from Chuck Lorre and starring Anna Faris. He will play Chef Rudy, the hot-tempered chef of an upscale Napa Valley restaurant.