Thursday, November 14, 2013

TV News - Jack Black & Tim Robbins Join HBO Pilot 'The Brink'; Jason Ritter Returning to 'Parenthood'; Plus 6 More Updates!

Additional Updates for:
FOX's The Mindy Project and Starz's Power.

In Development:
The CW's Star Crazy; NBC's Stand-Up Guy; FX's Rasputin; and FOX's Red Band Society.

Joanna Garcia Swisher (Reba, Once Upon a Time) will guest on an upcoming episode of FOX's The Mindy Project. She will play the sister of Dr. Peter Prentice (Adam Pally).

Jack Black and Tim Robbins have been cast in two of the three leading roles on the HBO comedy pilot The Brink. Black will play Coppins, a lowly Foreign Service officer reluctantly caught on the ground in the middle of a geopolitical crisis. Robbins will play U.S. Secretary of State Walter Hollander, a man of big appetites and little patience for the way mongers in the Situation Room.

La La Anthony, Andy Bean and Debbi Morgan have joined the cast of Starz's upcoming drama series Power. Anthony will play LaKeisha Grant, Tasha's (Naturi Naughton) childhood friend and her closest confidant who is kept in the dark on certain aspects of Tasha's life out of necessity. Bean will play Greg, Angela's (Lela Loren) super-fit and over-protective boyfriend who is not what he seems. Morgan will play Estelle, Tasha's mom.

Jason Ritter is set to reprise his role as Mark Cyr for one episode of the fifth season of NBC's Parenthood. He will pop up in the nineteenth episode of the season - scheduled for the spring. Mark will have a chance encounter with someone of the cast - but I'm pretty sure that meeting will somehow make its way back to Sarah (Lauren Graham). He currently is only set for the one episode.

Projects Announced in Active Development
  • The CW (1) -- Star Crazy (script), a musical drama executive produced by George Lopez.
  • NBC (1) -- Stand-Up Guy (script), a comedy from Dan Lagana and Bill Lawrence.
  • FX (1) -- Rasputin (script), a miniseries based on the life of the famed Russian mystic.
  • FOX (1) -- Red Band Society (script), a hospital drama that focuses on the patients.