Friday, March 1, 2013

TV News - 'The Blacklist,' 'Betrayal,' 'The Ordained,' 'Welcome to the Family,' 'Perception,' 'Intelligence,' 'Reckless,' 'Delirium,' 'Brenda Forever,' 'Enlisted,' 'The Vatican,' 'Pulling,' 'Big Thunder,' 'Wild Blue,' 'Zero Hour,' 'Murder in Manhattan,' 'Lucky 7,' 'Backstrom,' 'Assistance,' 'The Returned,' 'Reign,' 'The Tomorrow People' & 'Friends with Better Lives'

        Friday, March 1 - Megan Boone (Blue Bloods, Law & Order: LA) has been cast as the female lead on the NBC drama pilot The Blacklist from Jon Bokenkamp. She will play Elizabeth Keen, a newly minted FBI agent who a career criminal will only work with after turning himself in.

Hannah Ware (Boss) has been tapped for the lead role on the ABC drama pilot Betrayal from David Zabel. She will play Sara, a beautiful but unhappily married female photographer who begins a torrid affair with Jack, a lawyer for a powerful family.

Audra McDonald (Private Practice) has joined the cast of the CBS drama pilot The Ordained from Lisa Takeuchi Cullen and Frank Marshall. She will play Anthea, a senior litigator at the law firm.

Ella Rae Peck (Deception) and Aramis Knight have been added to the NBC comedy pilot Welcome to the Family. Peck will play Molly, the love-struck white teen girl at the center of the cultural between the two families as she unexpectedly gets pregnant. Knight will play Molly's baby daddy's younger brother. Peck's casting is in second position to the NBC drama which seems unlikely to continue after this season.

Additionally, Mary McCormack (In Plain Sight, The West Wing) is set to co-star on the NBC comedy pilot Welcome to the Family. She will play Katrina, a loving mother who is the glue between her more volatile daughter (Peck) and husband (Mike O'Malley).

DJ Qualls (Memphis Beat, Legit) will guest star on an upcoming episode of TNT's Perception. He will play FBI Agent Rudy Fleckner, a young, tech-savvy investigator who specializes in cyber-crimes.

CSI vet Marg Helgenberger is returning to CBS with a starring role on the drama pilot Intelligence from Michael Seitzman and starring Josh Holloway. She will play Lillian, the director of Cybercom, the U.S. government's cyber security branch.

Parminder Nagra (ER, Alcatraz) has joined the cast of the ABC drama pilot Reckless from Chris Black and starring Patrick Fugit and Eloise Mumford. She will play Susan, David's (Fugit) co-worker and the chief financial officer and trusted adviser to the family at the center of the series.

Tony nominee Da'vine Joy Randolph (Ghost) has been cast on the NBC comedy pilot Brenda Forever from Andrew Leeds and David Lampson and starring Ellie Kemper. She will play Pearl, Brenda's (Kemper) best friend.

Chris Lowell (Private Practice, Veronica Mars) has landed a co-leading role on the FOX drama pilot Enlisted from Kevin Biegel and opposite Geoff Stults and Parker Young. He will play Derrick, the sarcastically funny middle brother of the three who is smart but the most cynical out of the bunch. He hates being a soldier in the Rear Detachment but hasn't quite figured out what to do instead.

Pushing Daisies vet Anna Friel is set to co-star on the Showtime drama pilot The Vatican from Paul Attanasio and Ridley Scott and starring Kyle Chandler. She will play Kayla Duffy, the younger sister of Cardinal Thomas Duffy (Chandler). Unlike her brother, Kayla is a sexually active, hard-partying New Yorker who rebels against the Church but loves her brother very deeply. Although they're close, she's a liability to his professional goals.

So You Think You Can Dance winner Jeanine Mason has landed a role on the FOX drama pilot Delirium from Karyn Usher and starring Emma Roberts. She will play Hana Tate, Lena's (Roberts) best friend who also is facing the procedure that will cure her from the disease known as Deliria. Left to her own devices, Hana is a party animal and loves to hang out at underground dance clubs - while she can still enjoy such Delirious pleasures. A flirty girl, it's revealed she ultimately is less rebellious than she appears.

Matt Oberg has joined the cast of the ABC comedy pilot Pulling from Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky. He will play Karl, the fiance of June Diane Raphael's character.

Andrea Savage will co-star on the untitled ABC comedy pilot co-created and starring John Leguizamo. She will play Juicy.

Zahn McClarnon has been cast on the ABC drama pilot Big Thunder from Jason Fuchs. He will play Bear, an Apache who teaches the young Jack (Pierce Gagnon) to ride a horse.

Josh Salatin, Will Rothhaar and Alano Miller are the first to be cast on the FOX drama pilot Wild Blue from Taylor Elmore. Salatin will play Vandal, a charming and arrogant aviator. Rothhaar will play James, who lives below deck in tough conditions. Miller will play Joaquin, a recently promoted Non Commissioned Officer.

After three weeks of low ratings, ABC has pulled the Anthony Edwards-starring drama Zero Hour from its schedule. Repeats of Shark Tank will air in the time slot for the next two weeks before original episodes of Wife Swap debut on March 21.

Annie Potts (Designing Women, GCB) has landed the co-leading role opposite Bridget Regan on the ABC drama pilot Murder in Manhattan. She will play Blythe, a glamorous yet down to earth Park Avenue widow who teams up with her daughter (Regan) as amateur sleuths. Her casting on the potential series is in first position to her other already-produced USA comedy pilot Paging Dr. Freed.

Summer Bishil, Anastasia Phillips, Lorraine Bruce and Christine Evangelista have joined the ensemble cast on the ABC drama pilot Lucky 7 from David Zabel and Jason Richman. Bishel, Phillips and Bruce will play three of the seven employees who jointly win a lottery jackpot. Evangelista will play the "baby mama" of another winner, Matt.

The Unit star Dennis Haysbert has landed a role on the CBS drama pilot Backstrom from Hart Hanson. He will play John Almond, one of the detectives working with Everett Backstrom.

Tongayi Chirisa (Crusoe) has been cast on the untitled CBS comedy pilot co-created and starring Jim Gaffigan. He will play Father Nicholas Ngungumbane, a Catholic priest from Zimbabwe recently relocated to New York and thrilled to be living in the United States, who tries to convince Jim (Gaffigan) to come to church more often.

Guys with Kids co-star Zach Cregger is set to join the NBC comedy pilot Assistance from Leslye Headland and starring Krysten Ritter. The project centers on Nora (Ritter), an idealistic "working girl" assistant who is pulled between her colleague (Cregger) and her real-life fiance (Peter Cambor) while trying to manage a demanding boss. His casting on the potential series is in second position to Guys with Kids.

Frances Fisher has landed a role on the ABC drama pilot The Returned from Aaron Zelman. She will play Lucille, who lives with her husband, Harold, in Arcadia and is amazed when her eight year old son, Jacob, who drowned 32 years ago, somehow reappears in 2013.

Celina Sinder has joined the cast of The CW drama pilot Reign starring Adelaide Kane. She will play Greer, one of the ladies-in-waiting and best friend to Mary Queen of Scots (Kane).

Madeleine Mantock will co-star on The CW drama pilot The Tomorrow People from Phil Klemmer and starring Robbie Amell. She will play Astrid, Stephen's (Amell) closest friend since childhood who increasingly worries about him.

Brooklyn Decker (The League, New Girl) has joined the cast of the CBS comedy pilot Friends With Better Lives from Dana Klein. She will play Jules, a former model who was discovered in a mall when she was 13. Very open minded, she sincerely wishes the best for everyone.