Monday, March 11, 2013

TV News - 'Holding Patterns,' 'Intelligence,' 'Big Thunder,' 'Divorce: A Love Story,' 'Crossbones,' 'Influence,' 'Dads,' 'The Blacklist,' 'Keep Calm and Karey On,' 'Occult,' 'Brenda Forever,' 'CSI,' 'I Am Victor,' 'Surgeon General,' 'Reckless,' 'Anatomy of Violence,' 'Company Town,' 'Turn,' 'Reign' & 'The Hundred'

        Monday, March 11 - 666 Park Avenue alum Robert Buckley has been cast on the NBC comedy pilot Holding Patterns from Justin Spitzer. He will play Chad, Griffin (Humphrey Ker) and Leah's (Chyler Leigh) arrogant, misogynistic friend, now a successful chick-lit author, who returns home for the wedding.

Once Upon a Time regular Meghan Ory and P.J. Byrne have joined the cast of the CBS drama pilot Intelligence from Michael Seitzman. Ory will play Riley O'Neil, an ex-Secret Service agent taking on the challenge of protecting the nation's top intelligence asset. Her casting on the potential series is in first positive over the ABC drama. Byrne will play Nelson, a computer scientist working with the team who is struggling to make a name for himself while in his father's shadow.

Ed MacLiam (EastEnders) has been tapped for the lead role on the ABC drama pilot Big Thunder. He will play a late-19th century doctor whose family is given the opportunity to relocate to a frontier mining town. Additionally, Spencer Locke and Ruth Bradley have joined the series as the doc's brilliant daughter and a nanny with a dark past, respectively.

ABC Family has just released its summer premiere date schedule launching original episodes for eight series.
      Wednesday, May 29
          8:00 - Melissa & Joey
          8:30 - Baby Daddy
          9:00 - Dancing Fools (New Series)
      Monday, June 3
          8:00 - The Secret Life of the American Teenager (Series Finale)
          9:00 - The Fosters (New Series)
      Monday, June 10
          8:00 - Switched at Birth
      Tuesday, June 11
          8:00 - Pretty Little Liars
          9:00 - Twisted (New Series)
      Wednesday, July 24
          9:00 - The Vineyard (New Series)

CBS has also just revealed its finale scheduling plans for this spring.
      Sunday, April 28
          9:00 - The Good Wife
      Sunday, May 5
          8:00 - The Amazing Race (2 Hours)
          10:00 - The Mentalist
      Thursday, May 9
          8:30 - Two and a Half Men
          9:00 - Person of Interest
      Friday, May 10
          9:00 - Vegas
          10:00 - Blue Bloods
      Sunday, May 12
          8:00 - Survivor: Caramoan (2 Hours)
          10:00 - Survivor: Reunion Show
      Monday, May 13
          8:00 - How I Met Your Mother
          9:00 - 2 Broke Girls
      Tuesday, May 14
          8:00 - NCIS
          9:00 - NCIS: LA
          10:00 - Golden Boy
      Wednesday, May 15
          10:00 - CSI
      Thursday, May 16
          8:00 - The Big Bang Theory
          9:00 - Elementary (2 Hours)
      Friday, May 17
          8:00 - Undercover Boss
      Monday, May 20
          8:30 - Rules of Engagement
          9:30 - Mike & Molly
          10:00 - Hawaii Five-0 
      Wednesday, May 22
          9:00 - Criminal Minds (2 Hours)

Friday Night Lights vet Minka Kelly will co-star on the untitled FOX drama pilot from J.H. Wyman. She will play Valerie Stahl, a uniformed cop with a strong moral compass who believes in the best of people.

The Daily Show correspondent Jason Jones will play the male lead on the ABC comedy pilot Divorce: A Love Story from Mike Sikowitz and Daniel Lappin. The project centers on Kenny (Jones) and Robin (Andrea Anders), a recently divorced couple, who were bad together but discover they're even worse apart and can't seem to stay out of each other's lives.

Two-time Oscar nominee John Malkovich has been tapped for the starring role on NBC's 10-episode drama series Crossbones from Neil Cross. The series takes place in 1715 on the Bahamian island of New Providence, the first functioning democracy in the Americas, where the pirate Edward Teach (Malkovich) - aka Blackbeard - reigns over a rogue nation of thieves, outlaws and miscreant sailors. Part shantytown, part marauder's paradise, the island is unlike any other and presents a mounting threat to international commerce. To combat the threat, skilled undercover assassin Tom Lowe is sent to take down Blackbeard, but the closer he gets, the more enthralled with the community he becomes.

Christian Slater (My Own Worst Enermy, Breaking In) has landed the second leading role on the ABC drama pilot Influence from Kyle Killen. He will play Ross, a brilliant schemer, recently out of prison after a two year stint for fraud. Rolling with ideas, given to rationalization, high-wired, often charmingly persuasive, divorced three years ago, also an inveterate ladies' man, Ross has come up with a business model that he believes can make him and his team millions.

Comedy vet Martin Mull has joined the cast of FOX's straight-to-series comedy Dads from Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild. He will play Crawford, Warner's (Tommy Dewey) dad and a man who has blithely and happily ignored all the chaos he's caused by moving in with his son.

Ryan Eggold has been cast on the NBC drama pilot The Blacklist from Jon Bokenkamp. He will play Tom, FBI Agent Elizabeth Keen's (Megan Boone) husband who may have a secret of his own.

Majandra Delfino has decided to exit the ABC comedy pilot Keep Calm and Karey On from Andrea Abbate. She was to play Penny, the younger sister of leading lady Karey (Kelly Preston). Her departure comes on the heels of Preston taking on the lead role which inadvertently changed the dynamics between several of the characters.

Josh Lucas (The Firm) and Lynn Collins (True Blood) have landed the lead roles on the A&E drama pilot Occult from James Wong. The project centers on Dolan (Lucas), an FBI agent who returns from administrative leave after going off the deep end while investigating his wife's disappearance. Eager to be back on the job, he is paired with Noa Blair (Collins), an agent with her own complicated backstory who specializes in the occult. Together, they will solve cases for the newly formed occult crimes task force.

Stephnie Weir (MadTV) has joined the cast of the NBC comedy pilot Brenda Forever from David Lampson and Andrew Leeds and starring Ellie Kemper. She will play Shelley Miller, Brenda's (Kemper) mother who is jovial and easygoing. She is a good mom who doesn't take things too seriously but speaks up when she has to, and tends to be unreadable at times.

Dichen Lachman (Dollhouse, Last Resort) will guest on the May 1 episode of CBS' CSI. She will play Jessica, a "seductive and edgy" pharmaceutical rep who may have been having an affair with a co-worker. When he turns up dead at a corporate retreat, Jessica emerges as a prime suspect.

Lorenza Izzo (Hemlock Grove) and McKaley Miller (Hart of Dixie) have been cast on the NBC drama pilot I Am Victor from Mark Goffman and starring John Stamos. Izzo will play Assistant District Attorney Lena Engles, a Harvard Law graduate with experience clerking for the Supreme Court. Miller will play Victor's (Stamos) daughter.

Cold Case star Kathryn Morris is returning to CBS with a lead role on the drama pilot The Surgeon General from Samuel Baum and starring Jason Isaacs. She will play Lydia, Dr. John Sherman's (Isaacs) Chief of Staff.

Anna Wood has landed the female lead on the CBS drama pilot Reckless from Dana Stevens. The project centers on Jamie (Wood), a gorgeous Yankee litigator, and Roy (Cam Gigandet), a Southern City Attorney, who struggle to hide their intense attraction while clashing over a police sex scandal.

Skeet Ulrich (Jericho, Law & Order: LA) has been tapped for the male lead on the CBS drama pilot Anatomy of Violence from Howard Gordon, Alex Gansa and Alex Cary. He will play Raines, an unshaven and disheveled, something of a maverick FBI Criminal Psychiatrist with an expertise in sociopaths.

Golden Boy co-star Stella Maeve has landing the co-leading role on The CW drama pilot Company Town from Sera Gamble opposite Gage Golightly. The project centers on two early 20-something women - Krista (Golightly) and Page (Maeve) - who grew up together, were once best friends, but now are on opposite sides of the Townie/Military divide after a scandal. Her casting on the potential series is in second position to the CBS drama.

Heather Lind (Boardwalk Empire) has been cast on the AMC drama pilot Turn from Craig Silverstein. She will play Anna Strong, the beautiful wife of the local tavern owner who is Abe's (Jamie Bell) first love, and clearly there is still a palpable tension between the two.

Torrance Coombs (The Tudors) has joined the cast of The CW drama pilot Reign starring Adelaide Kane. He will play Sebastian, Francis' (Toby Regbo) resourceful illegitimate half brother, a favorite son of King Henry II and his most favored mistress, Diane de Poitiers. He offers Mary (Kane) some sage advice.

Thomas McDonnell has landed a role on The CW drama pilot The Hundred starring Eliza Taylor. He will play Finn, a cool and charismatic free spirit who's something of a folk hero to the kids on The Ark because of his ability to bend the rules and escape unharmed.