Monday, February 25, 2013

TV News - CBS' 'Beverly Hills Cop' Pilot Adds Christine Lahti; Gillian Anderson Plots Return to TV; Plus 29 More Updates!

        Monday, February 25 - Christine Lahti (Chicago Hope, Hawaii Five-0) will co-star opposite Brandon T. Jackson on the CBS drama pilot Beverly Hills Cop from Shawn Ryan. In the continuation of the movie franchise, she will play Helen, the Captain of the Beverly Hills Police Department who is wise, political, maternal, nostalgic, selfless and dignified and respected by her detectives.

Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot) has landed the leading role on the AMC period drama pilot Turn from Craig Silverstein and Barry Josephson. He will play Abraham Woodhull, a hard-working New York cabbage farmer who forms a group of spies with his pals in the summer of 1778 and conversely starts helping America greatly in its fight for independence.

Alan Ritchson (Smallville, Blue Mountain State) is heading to CBS' Hawaii Five-0 for a guest spot. He will appear in flashbacks as a Navy SEAL who was McGarrett's best friend in the military from training to the battlefield.

NBA legend Shaquile O'Neal will guest on an upcoming episode of TNT's Southland as a police officer who knows Cooper (Michael Cudlitz) from the academy.

Lindsay Lohan will guest star as herself on an upcoming episode of FX's Charlie Sheen-starring comedy Anger Management. The episode will air in April and focus on Lohan developing a romantic relationship with Charlie (Sheen) after becoming his therapy patient.

BET comedies The Game and Let's Stay Together will debut their new seasons on Tuesday, March 26. The Game will start its sixth season with a special hour-long episode at 10/9c. to mark its 100th episode. Season three of Let's Stay Together will follow at 11/10c. before moving to its regularly scheduled timeslot of 10:30/9:30c. the following week.

Jane Seymour (Dr. Queen, Medicine Woman) and Majandra Delfino (State of Georgia) have been cast on the ABC comedy pilot Keep Calm and Karey On from Andrea Abbate. Delfino will play lead Karey's sister Penny, who seems very clueless to what is going on around her. Seymour will play their mother Dotty, who mainly cares about herself and disregards what her children or grandchildren want.

Billy Brown (Sons of Anarchy, The Following) lands the final series regular role on the CBS drama pilot Hostages from Jeffrey Nachmanoff and starring Toni Collette. He will play Archer, an ex-military man with a razor-sharp tongue and a temper who will play an integral part in taking Ellen (Collette) and her family hostage.

Gillian Anderson (The X-Files, Hannibal) and Rachael Taylor (666 Park Avenue) have been the first cast on NBC's untitled drama pilot from Rand Ravich. Anderson will play Meg Fitch, the CEO of a multi-conglomerate and mother to Amber. She's horrified to learn of the mass abduction of her daughter and her private scholl classmates. She will use her own intelligence and judgment to do whatever it takes to get her daughter back. Taylor will play Agent Susie Dunn, estranged sibling of Meg's who is a highly trained and dedicated FBI agent who is the point person of the bus abduction. Determined to get to the bottom of the crisis, she shares a closely kept secret with Meg that largely explains their long alienation.

After giving an early renewal order to the long-running series, The CW's Supernatural has decided to promote Misha Collins once again to series regular status for the upcoming ninth season. Additionally, Collins will direct an episode of the show next season.

Jamey Sheridan (Homeland, Arrow) will guest-star on an upcoming episode of CBS' NCIS. He will appear in a late March episode as Tim McGee's (Sean Murrey) oft-mentioned but never seen father, Admiral John McGee.

Actor-writer Moshe Kasher has been cast on the ABC comedy pilot Spy opposite Rob Corddry. He will play Chris, Tim's (Corddry) co-worker at the Secret Service.

Grey Damon has joined the cast of The CW drama pilot Oxygen starring Aimee Teegarden. He will play Grayson, a human boy who has a crush on Emery (Teegarden).

Prince Michael Jackson will make his acting debut on the season finale of The CW's 90210. He will play Cooper, a trauma victim who bonds with Silver (Jessica Stroup) over the realization - at a very young age - how precious life is."

Brothers & Sisters alum Rachel Griffiths is returning to television with a leading role on NBC's 10-episode summer series Camp from Liz Heldens and Peter Elkoff. She will play Mackenzie Greenfield, the camp's director who is reeling from being left by her husband for a younger woman. Additionally, Tim Pocock will star on the series as Robbie, an overachieving camp counselor who recently accepted into Stanford law school.

The Killing vet Brent Sexton will co-star on the NBC drama reboot of Ironside from Mike Caleo and starring Blair Underwood. He will play Gary, Ironside's (Underwood) ex-partner who blames himself for Ironside's shooting and falls apart after the incident, struggling to move on with his life.

Patrick Flueger (The 4400, Scoundrels) has landed a role on the NBC drama pilot Hatfields & McCoys from John Glenn. He will play Jack McCoy, a street-smart, hot-headed guy who is fiercely loyal to his family and love of Pittsburgh, where he runs a sports bar. He's not above using shady connections to get what he wants even though he's the baby of the family.

Kelli Garner (Pan Am) has boarded the FOX comedy pilot Two Wrongs from Michelle Morgan as the female lead. The project focuses on a couple whose friends and family don't think they are right for each other. She will play Jenny, the female half of the main duo.

Rules of Engagement regular Adhir Kalyan has been cast on the NBC untitled dating comedy pilot from Robert Padnick and Greg Daniels. He will play Arthur, Matt's roommate and the "ladies man" of the group who shares all of his bro tips with Matt to get him laid. Kalyan's casting is formally in second position to the CBS comedy.

Samantha Isler has landed the female lead opposite Sean Hayes on the NBC untitled multi-cam comedy pilot from Victor Fresco and Hayes. The project centers on Sean (Hayes), who must figure out how to parent his 14-year-old daughter (Isler), who just moved in, while navigating a temperamental new boss (Thomas Lennon) at work.

The Secret Life of the American Teenager star Daren Kagasoff has landed the male lead opposite Emma Roberts on the FOX drama pilot Delirium from Karyn Usher. He will play Alex, a police officer who Lena (Roberts) falls in love with despite love being deemed illegal.

W. Earl Brown (Deadwood), Graham McTavish (The Hobbit) and Aldis Hodge (Leverage) have joined the cast of the NBC drama pilot The Sixth Gun from Ryan Condal and Carlton Cuse. Brown will play General Oliander Hume, an undead, foul mouthed, brilliant Confederate War General that has been imprisoned for 18 years in a magical coffin. McTavish will play Silas Hedgepeth, wielder of the Fourth Gun and General Hume's most Loyal Lieutenant. Hodge will play Agent Mercer, a PI looking for the missing guns.

Additionally Laura Ramsey (The Ruins) has been tapped for the lead role on the NBC drama pilot The Sixth Gun. She will play Becky Montcrief, an innocent farm girl who finds the Sixth Gun, the most powerful and dangerous of the group, and must battle the dark forces that reawaken to try to retrieve and control it.

Heroes alum Greg Grunberg has been cast on the ABC drama pilot Doubt from David Shore. He will play Mark, Vincent's caring and always well-meaning older brother who is developmentally disabled as a result of a childhood accident but remains high-functioning. He works at Vince's office as the receptionist and believes that his brother can save the world.

Made in Jersey star Janet Montgomery is set as the lead for the ABC drama pilot Gothica. The project centers on Grace Van Helsing (Montgomery), a Pulitzer prize winning journalist from New York who takes over her family's hometown newspaper. Dorian Gray (Chris Egan) provides her with the $20 million she needs to retain control of the paper and she was once romantically involved with Victor Frankenstein (Tom Ellis).

After an exhaustive search, the Lifetime drama pilot HR has tapped Clueless alum Alicia Silverstone for its leading role. The project focuses on the uptight Director of Human Resources for a global company (Silverstone) who, after a head injury alters her outlook on life, throws standard corporate practices out the window and inspires the business to strive for new ambitions and profits.

Devin Kelley (Covert Affairs, The Chicago Code) has joined the ABC drama pilot The Returned from Aaron Zelman. She will play Dr. Gail Garland, a tough, attractive and smart doctor at the local clinic in Arcadia with an inquisitive nature. Daughter of the local sheriff (Matt Craven), her mother died 30 years ago in the same accident that killed an eight-year-old boy Jacob. Against her father's wishes, she teams up with Agent Martin Bellamy to get to the bottom of the town's mystery.

JB Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm) will co-star on the untitled CBS comedy pilot from Greg Garcia starring Will Arnett and Margo Martindale. He will play Deweyne, Jack's (Arnett) best friend.

Katherine McNamara has been added to the cast of the CBS drama pilot The Surgeon General from Samuel Baum and starring Jason Isaacs. She will play Dr. John Sherman's (Isaacs) daughter.

Hamish Linklater (The New Adventures of Old Christine) has landed a co-starring role on the CBS comedy pilot Crazy Ones from David E. Kelley and starring Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar. He will play Andrew, the ad agency's art director.

Larenz Tate (Rescue Me) has joined the cast of the untitled NBC comedy pilot from Owen Ellickson and starring Craig Robinson. He will play Kevin, Craig's (Robinson) brother and partner in their band, The Filthy Gentleman, who is a charismatic lady-killer who has never held a regular job and thinks Craig's dedication to his students is a waste of time.