Friday, August 23, 2013

TV News - Former 007 Joins 'Penny Dreadful'; 'Angel' Alum Joins 'Grimm'; 'Supernatural' Vet Cast on 'Revolution; Plus 10 More Updates!

A Bunhead will star on a MTV comedy pilot.

Glee is welcoming another member from the Spring Awakening cast.

True Blood promotes Governor's daughter to regular.

Plus additional updates for FOX's Wayward Pines; NBC's Chicago PD; FOX's Us & Them; CBS' Person of Interest and The McCarthys (pilot); USA's Covert Affairs; and HBO's Looking.

Angel alum Alexis Denisof has joined the cast of NBC's Grimm for a recurring role. He will play Viktor Albert Wilhelm George Beckendorf, the cunning, smart funny and ruthless first cousin to Eric Renard (James Frain). Additionally, Manny Montana (Graceland) will guest star on an upcoming episode as David Florez, a marine dealing with PTSD.

FOX's Glee has added another member of the original cast of Spring Awakening to its cast. Phobe Strole will recur on the upcoming fifth season as Penny Owen, a college sophomore who wants to get into nursing school and becomes Sam's (Chord Overstreet) new love interest.

Lindsey Kraft has landed a recurring role on FOX's limited event series Wayward Pines starring Matt Dillon. She will play Darla, Ethan's (Dillon) sister-in-law who is a professional tweeter and "life coach."

Amelia Rose Blaire - who appeared in every episode of True Blood's sixth season - has been promoted to series regular for the HBO drama's seventh season. She plays Willa Burrell, the Governor's daughter and vampire-rights-activist-turned-vampire.

Former James Bond star Timothy Dalton has been tapped for a leading role on Showtime's new drama series Penny Dreadful. He will play Sir Malcolm, a hardened African explorer on a deeply personal quest.

Sophia Bush (One Tree Hill) and Patrick Flueger (The 4400) have joined the cast of NBC's midseason drama series Chicago PD as new series regulars. Bush will play Erin Lindsay, a member of the team with an unexpected past. Flueger will play Kyle Ruzek, a hotheaded rookie plucked by Voight (Jason Beghe) from the Academy for dangerous, delicate undercover work. Coincidentally, Bush and Flueger recently starred with fellow Chicago PD regular Jesse Lee Soffer on a NBC drama pilot about the modern day Hatfield and McCoy families that ultimately wasn't ordered to series. But the trio obviously must have made an impact on NBC heads.

Michael Ian Black - who guest-starred in the pilot for FOX's Us & Them - has been upped to series regular on the midseason comedy series. He plays Brian, Stacey's (Alexis Bledel) uncle who is a simple man but after the death of his brother has taken on the role of family protector.

Jack McGee and Joey McIntyre are the only original cast members of the CBS pilot The McCarthys who will return for the new retooled version as a multi-camera comedy. On the family comedy, McGee plays the father, Arthur, a not always politically correct high school basketball coach. McIntyre plays son Gerald, the one short guy in the family who is mad about it.

MTV's comedy pilot Faking It has finalized its young cast with Gregg Sulkin (Wizards of Waverly Place), Katie Stevens (American Idol), Rita Volk (Major Crimes), Michael Willett (United States of Tara) and Bailey Buntain (Bunheads) joining the project. Sulkin will play Liam, a sexy high school artist who is tolerate, cares about the environment and is good with his hard but many don't understand him. Stevens will play Karma, an upbeat and optimistic high school sophomore who is sick of spending her Friday nights watching Netflix with her best friend Amy. Volk will play Amy, who is cynical, pessimistic and has a strained relationship with her mother and soon-to-be stepsister Lauren. Willett will play Shane, Liam's best friend and the most popular kid at school. Buntain will play Lauren, the new girl in school who is polished but has an entitled and elitist attitude.

Emma Fitzpatrick (The Social Network) will guest star on an upcoming episode of USA's Covert Affairs. She will play Violet Hughes, an innocent college student with familial ties to the spy world.

Jim Beaver is reuniting with Supernatural producers Eric Kripke and Ben Edlund for a guest spot on NBC's Revolution. He will play John Franklin Fry, a hard-ass, whip smart Texas Ranger who aligns himself with Miles (Billy Burke).

Warren Kole (Common Law, The Following) will appear on CBS' Person of Interest. He will play a "Ladykiller" POI who Detective Carter (Taraji P. Henson), Agent Shaw (Sarah Shahi) and Zoe Morgan (Paige Turco) are tasked with dealing with.

Scott Bakula (Behind the Candelabra, Men of a Certain Age) has landed a recurring role on HBO's upcoming Michael Lannan & Andrew Haigh comedy series - which is now tentatively being titled Looking. He will play Lynn, an attractive entrepreneur and pillar of the Castro community.

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