Thursday, March 14, 2013

TV News - 'Strike Back,' 'Undateable,' 'Reckless,' 'Westside,' 'I Suck at Girls,' 'The Blacklist,' 'Halt & Catch Fire,' 'Tyrant,' 'The List,' 'Mixology,' 'The Advocates,' 'About a Boy,' 'Delirium,' 'Reign,' 'Murder in the First,' 'To My Future Assistant,' 'Boomerang,' 'The Selection,' 'Company Town' & 'Surgeon General'

        Thursday, March 14 - Dougray Scott, Milauna Jackson and Robson Green have been cast on the upcoming third season of Cinemax's Strike Back. Scott will play James Leatherby, a rogue operative. Jackson will play a key player who crosses paths with the counterterrorism team. Green will play a new member of Section 20.

Rob Funches (Crash & Bernstein) has been added to the cast of the NBC comedy pilot Undateable. He will play Shelly, an odd, shy musician member of the group whose appeal to women comes to life when he's performing.

Gregory Harrison has landed a role on the CBS drama pilot Reckless starring Anna Wood and Cam Gigandet. He will play Dec, a polished, well-connected Charleston attorney who is Roy's (Gigandet) ex-father-in-law and mentor. Additionally, CSI: Miami alum Adam Rodriguez has been cast on the pilot as Preston, a well-respected police detective who works on the Charleston PD alongside Trey (Shawn Hatosy).

Lexi Ainsworth (General Hospital) will co-star on the ABC drama pilot Westside. She will play Nico Carver, the teenage daughter of Lisa (Jennifer Beals) with a type-A personality.

Former Law & Order: SVU star Christopher Meloni has signed on to topline the FOX comedy pilot I Suck at Girls from Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker. The project centers on a father, Jack Dunlevy (Meloni) and his teen son, Frankie (Connor Buckley). Jack is ex-military and an oncologist. He talks to everyone like they're 75 years old and dying of cancer - just a no bulls--t guy.

Harry Lennix and Ilfenesh Hadera have joined the cast of the NBC drama pilot The Blacklist starring James Spader and Megan Boone. Lennix will play Harold Cooper, the successful yet cynical Assistant Director of Counterterrorism at the FBI. Hadera will play FBI Agent Jennifer Palmer, Elizabeth's (Boone) best friend on the force.

Toby Huss has been cast on the AMC drama pilot Halt & Catch Fire starring Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy and Mackenzie Davis. He will play Bosworth, the SVP of Sales at Cardiff Giant who hires Joe (Pace), impressed with his sales reputation and personal moxie, but then grows furious when MacMillan hijacks Cardiff Giant and incurs the wrath of IBM.

Following his second directorial Oscar win for Life of Pi, Ang Lee has decided to make his television pilot directorial debut with FX's high-profile drama pilot Tyrant from Homeland executive producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff and Six Feet Under alum Craig Wright. Should the project move to series, Lee will also serve as an executive producer. On the huge get, FX president John Landgraf said, "Ang Lee has demonstrated time and again an ability to present characters with such depth and specificity that they reveal the universal human condition. No one could be a more perfect film maker to bring Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff and Craig Wright's Tyrant to indelible life."

Ginger Gonzaga (Ted) has joined the cast of the ABC comedy pilot Mixology from Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. She will appear in the role of Maya - which was recently vacated by the originally cast Mercedes Masohn. Maya is a sports attorney with a large tough-as-nails personality.

The FOX drama pilot The List from Paul Zbyszewski and Ruben Fleischer is undergoing some cast reshuffling before heading into production. Tamsin Egerton, original cast as Maddie Soto, will now play Delilah, the role originally to be played by Charity Wakefield. Wakefield - who was the first to board the project - will exit the pilot as the producers changed the direction the role was going after casting the lead characters. Delilah is described as a mysterious woman, a conniving charmer and a deadly international operator who prides herself on never leaving a "client" unsatisfied. The role of Maddie Soto - the ex-wife of U.S. Marshal Soto (Michael Peña) - will now be played by Hilarie Burton (One Tree Hill, White Collar).

Mandy Moore has landed the female lead role on the CBS drama pilot The Advocates from Bruno Heller and starring Ben McKenzie. She will play Shannon Carter, a former take-no-prisoners Assistant District Attorney who now works as a victims advocate after learning the truth about her tragic past and connection to an unjustly incarcerated man.

Al Madrigal has been cast on the NBC comedy pilot About a Boy from Jason Katims and starring David Walton and Minnie Driver. He will play Andy, Will's (Walton) best friend and Laurie's (Anjelah Johnson) husband.

Brenda Koo will co-star on the FOX drama pilot Delirium from Karyn Usher and starring Emma Roberts and Daren Kagasoff. She will play Ren, Alex's (Kagasoff) best friend who is a covert revolutionary and an opponent of the anti-Deliria operations.

Rossif Sutherland (Flashpoint, Copper) has joined the cast of The CW drama pilot Reign starring Adelaide Kane. He will play the French prophet Nostradamus.

Taye Diggs (Private Practice) and Kathleen Robertson (Boss) have been tapped for the leading roles on the TNT drama pilot Murder in the First from Steven Bochco and Eric Lodal. The project centers on two SFPD homicide detectives, Terry Seagrave (Diggs) and Hildy Mulligan (Robertson), as they take on a case that seems more like a maze.

Jillian Bell (Workaholics) will guest on the FOX comedy pilot To My Future Assistant from Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer. She will play Denny, a single mom and assistant at the firm whose apathy for her job occasionally prompts her to take three-hour breaks to tend to her son - or go to the movies.

Stephanie Jacobsen (Melrose Place) will also guest on the FOX drama pilot Boomerang from Davey Holmes and Andrew Stearn. She will play Angela, Carl's (Patrick Heusinger) wife who is completely unaware of his life as a professional hit-man. Additionally, Rosa Salazar (Parenthood) has joined the pilot as Olive, the ex-girlfriend who Sam (Stahl-David) has never forgotten.

Ben Aldridge is the final series regular to be cast on The CW drama pilot The Selection. He will play Prince Rafe, the younger brother of Prince Maxon (Michael Malarkey) who loves his country and takes his leadership role seriously but has a big secret.

Evie Thompson has joined the cast of The CW drama pilot Company Town starring Gage Golightly and Stella Maeve. She will play Page's (Maeve) enthusiastic yet emotionally scarred teen sister.

The Lord of the Rings star Sean Astin has landed a lead role on the CBS drama pilot Surgeon General from Samuel Baum. He will play Dr. Fischer, a psychiatrist and member of Dr. Sherman's (Jason Isaacs) team who oversees the nation's mental health.