Tuesday, July 9, 2013

TV News - 'Outlander,' 'Californication,' 'Witches of East End,' 'How I Met Your Mother,' 'Quarry' & 'The Strain'

       Tuesday, July 9 - Sam Heughan (Island at War) has landed the male lead role in Starz's new drama series Outlander from Ronald D. Moore and based on the book by Diana Gabaldon. He will play Jamie Fraser, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior in 1743. Gabaldon added that, "Having seen Sam not just act, but be Jamie, I feel immensely grateful to the production team for their painstaking attention to the soul of the story and characters."

Rob Lowe (Parks and Recreation) will be making a return appearance on the seventh season of Showtime's Californication. He plays eccentric, combustible film star Eddie Nero on the series and will appear in at least one episode.

Jason George (Grey's Anatomy, Mistresses) has landed a recurring role on Lifetime's upcoming new drama series Witches of East End. He will play Adam, a new love interest for Ingrid (Rachel Boston).

Wayne Brady (Whose Line Is It Anyway?) has booked multiple return appearances on the upcoming ninth and final season of CBS' How I Met Your Mother. On the sitcom, he's plays Barney's (Neil Patrick Harris) brother, James and was last seen in 2011 episode. His return shouldn't be that surprising since the last season is to be set over the course of the weekend of Barney's wedding to Robin (Cobie Smulders).

Jamie Hector (The Wire) has joined the cast of the Cinemax drama pilot Quarry starring Logan Marshall-Green. He will play Arthur, Quarry's (Marshall-Green) best friend.

Lord of the Rings alum Sean Astin has been cast on the FX drama pilot The Strain starring Corey Stoll and Mia Maestro. He will play Jim Kent, best friend to Eph (Stoll) and Nora (Maestro). He unknowingly betrays their friendship when he is coerced into releasing a cabinet of quarantine that contains a potentially deadly virus. When asked why, Jim confesses he was embezzling CDC funds to help pay for his and his girlfriend's IVF treatments.