Thursday, March 7, 2013

TV News - 'Mixology,' 'The Returned,' 'About a Boy,' 'Golden Boy,' 'Vegas,' 'The Joneses,' 'Beverly Hills Cop,' 'The Ordained,' 'To My Future Assistant,' 'Helix,' 'The Hundred,' 'The Selection,' 'The List,' 'Rake,' 'Gang Related,' 'Reign,' 'Family Guide' & 'The McCarthys'

        Thursday, March 7 - Sarah Bolger (The Tudors, Once Upon a Time) will star on the ABC comedy pilot Mixology from Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. She will play Janey, Jessica's (Alexis Carra) sweet, naive, little sister from New Jersey. Tonight is her big night in the city and she is woefully unprepared for the aggressive Manhattan dating scene.

Mark Hildreth has been cast on the ABC drama pilot The Returned from Aaron Zelman. He will play Preacher Tom Hild, the local minister who starts to question his beliefs when the dead start coming back to life.

Additionally, Omar Epps (House), Kurtwood Smith (That '70s Show) and Landon Gimenez round out the cast for the ABC drama pilot The Returned. Epps will play Martin Bellamy, an agent with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He's a former cop who joined ICE when he got involved with a case involving the trafficking of children. He's empathetic with a soft spot for kids - despite not having a family of his own - and is fascinated by Jacob (Gimenez), a mysterious boy who popped up from nowhere in the middle of rural China. Smith will play Harold, Jacob's father, who is rattled by the reappearance of his son - who appears radically unchanged despite being dead for 32 years.

Leslie Bibb (GCB) has been tapped for a guest starring/recurring role on the NBC comedy pilot About a Boy from Jason Katims and starring David Walton. She will play a professional cello player and a single mother who becomes entangled with Will (Walton).

Bravo has decided to postpone production on one of its two scripted pilots, The Joneses - a remake of the 2009 movie of the same name - from Liz Tigelaar. The studio has been having difficulties casting the project as it is competing with over 100 other projects on the broadcast and cable networks. The pilot will resume production and casting after the end of the broadcast pilot season in May.

After airing its first two episodes in the slot, CBS has decided to keep midseason drama Golden Boy from Nicholas Wooten and starring Theo James and Chi McBride in the Tuesday at 10 time slot instead of shifting the series off to Friday nights. Golden Boy's first Friday airing - which was slated for tomorrow (3/8/13) - will proceed as scheduled. Meanwhile, Vegas - which previously aired in the Tuesdays at 10 slot - will relocate to the Friday at 9 slot beginning April 5 following CBS' coverage of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Vegas has six remaining episodes left in its first season order and will be able to air them uninterrupted on Friday nights.

Judge Reinhold has been tapped to make a cameo appearance on the CBS drama pilot Beverly Hills Cop - a continuation of the movie franchise that he co-starred in alongside Eddie Murphy, who also is returning for the potential series on a possibly recurring basis.

Ellen Woglom (Californication) and Eric Andre (Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23) have been cast on the untitled NBC comedy pilot from Robert Padnick and Greg Daniels. Woglom will play Maggie, the only girl of the group who is thick-skinned and sharp-tongued from being "one of the guys" for too long. Andre will play Teddy, who is crass with zero social filter.

Hope Davis (In Treatment, The Newsroom) has been tapped for a leading role on the CBS drama pilot The Ordained from Lisa Takeuchi Cullen. She will play Packy Reilly, Tom's (Charlie Cox) politician sister who he's trying to stop from being assassinated. Packy is a first-term mayor of New York City who's just announced her bid for re-election and is big of heart, loud of mouth and spine of iron.

Whitney co-star Tone Bell has been added to the cast of the FOX comedy pilot To My Future Assistant from Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer. He will play Davis, a confident, Harvard-educated attorney who has just joined the firm. His casting is in second position to NBC's Whitney and thusly he is currently being billed as a guest star on the pilot.

Syfy has given a 13-episode straight-to-series order to Helix, a dark thriller from executive producers Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica) and Steven Maeda (Lost, CSI: Miami) and writer Cameron Porsandeh. Helix is about a team of scientists investigating a possible disease outbreak at an Arctic research facility who find themselves trying to protect the world from annihilation. The series is expected to begin production early in 2013 to debut later this year.

Paige Turco (Person of Interest) has joined the cast of The CW drama pilot The Hundred starring Eliza Taylor. She will play Abby, Clarke's (Taylor) mother and the authoritative chief medical officer of The Ark space station.

British actress Sarah Winter has been cast on The CW drama pilot The Selection. She will play Ashley Brovillette, a naive young woman who is overjoyed to be chosen by lottery as one of the contestants for The Selection competition.

Tamsin Egerton will co-star on the FOX drama pilot The List from Paul Zbyszewski and starring Michael Peña. She will play Maddie Soto, Detective Soto's (Peña) ex-wife, the mother of his two kids and a psychologist.

David Harbour (The Newsroom) has joined the FOX drama pilot Rake from Peter Duncan and starring Greg Kinnear. He will play David Potter, the bane of Keegan's (Kinnear) life - a scrupulously honest tax attorney determined to prove Keegan hasn't been paying his taxes. He will be a guest star in the pilot with an option to become a series regular.

Missing vet Cliff Curtis has been cast on the FOX drama pilot Gang Related starring Ramon Rodriguez. He will play Javier Acosta, the leader of La Family Sud, one of the most powerful Latino gangs in San Francisco. He's a charismatic businessman with plans to legitimize the family business who is fully aware that his cruel and impulsive son Carlos is a disaster waiting to happen.

Anna Popplewell (The Chronicles of Narcia) will co-star on The CW drama pilot Reign starring Adelaide Kane. She will play Lola, Mary's (Kane) best friend and lady-in-waiting.

Lost alum Harold Perrineau has joined the cast of the NBC comedy pilot Family Guide - previously the untitled DJ Nash project. He will play the manager in Mel's (Parker Posey) new apartment building who befriends Henry (Eli Baker).

Jimmy Dunn lands the last series regular role on the CBS comedy pilot The McCarthys from Brian Gallivan. He will play Sean, the older brother and a former star athlete who now lives in an attic room off of his brother's third floor apartment.