Tuesday, June 18, 2013

TV News - 'The Leftovers,' 'Line of Sight,' 'Death Pact,' 'Penny Dreadful' & 'Anger Management'

        Tuesday, June 18 - Michael Gaston (Damages, Last Resort) has joined the cast of the HBO drama pilot The Leftovers from Damon Lindelof, Tom Perrotta and Peter Berg. He will play Dean, a man who seems to understand that times have changed and addresses it head-on - often violently.

Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) has been tapped to helm and executive produce the AMC drama pilot Line of Sight from Blake Masters. The project tells the story of Lewis Bernt, a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator who survives a mysterious plane crash, bringing him on an emotionally disorienting quest to discover the accident's cause.

Randall Einhorm, who directed the pilot for FX's Wilfred, has signed on to direct the FX comedy pilot Death Pact from Rob Long and Tad Safran and starring Tracy Morgan. The project focuses on a formerly lazy, pot-dealing assistant high school coach (Morgan) who returns to his hometown as a decorated war hero. He runs across three down-on-their-luck friends and former students and sucks them into his new radical self-help philosophy, which involves harsh consequences for failure. Production will begin later this summer.

Showtime has officially announced that director Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible, The Orphanage) will helm the first two episodes of its upcoming drama series Penny Dreadful from John Logen. The drama was given a straight-to-series eight-episode order and will begin production in London this fall. The psychosexual horror series features some of literature's most iconic figures - including Dr. Frankenstein and his creature, Dorian Gray and characters from the novel Dracula - become embroiled in Victorian London.

Liv Tyler (The Incredible Hulk) has also joined the cast of the HBO drama pilot The Leftovers. She will play Meg, a young woman on the verge of getting married but needing an escape. As a result, she becomes a target for recruitment by members of an enigmatic cult.

Selma Blair has been abruptly cut from the cast of FX's Charlie Sheen-fronted sitcom Anger Management. Producing studio Lionsgate released a brief statement saying, "Selma Blair will not be returning to Anger Management and we wish her the very best." Her departure from the series comes on the heels of TMZ reporting a confrontation between Blair and Sheen last weekend during the show's planned production hiatus.