Thursday, January 16, 2014

TV News - Kyle Chandler Books Leading Role on Netflix Drama from 'Damages' Creators; Olivier Martinez Joins 'Revenge'; Plus 12 More Updates!

Additional Updates for:
HBO's True Blood; FOX's Gracepoint, Hieroglyph & Untitled Hubbard-Fey-Carlock Comedy; MTV's Awkward; ABC Family's Melissa & Joey; and Netflix's The Killing.

Pilot Castings:
CBS' The McCarthys; TNT's Public Morals; and NBC's Salvation.

  • Kelen Coleman (The Newsroom, The Mindy Project) has joined the comedy project for its 2nd attempt at a pilot. She will play Jackie McCarthy, the daughter who is also roommates with the leading character - her gay brother.
  • Bunheads vet Nathan Parsons has stepped into the role of James after previous portrayer Luke Grimes exited the drama series last month. The role will be a series regular for the upcoming seventh and final season.
  • Kendrick Sampson has joined the cast of the upcoming event series as Dean Iverson, the boyfriend to Chloe (whose brother's death kicks off a major investigation). He works shifts oystering, busing tables at his uncle's restaurant and saving money with the hopes of going to community college.
  • Kelsey Chow (One Tree Hill) has landed a co-starring role on the drama series which was ordered straight-to-series. She will play Lotus Tenry, a young and wiry concubine of a more grounded allure than her fellow concubines who is a spy for a rival kingdom.
  • Chelsea Lately regular/writer Fortune Feimster has been cast on the upcoming comedy series from the 30 Rock creative trio. She will play Becca, a popular sophomore at the college, an out-of-the-closest lesbian who is not tortured by her sexual orientation in the least. A three-sport varsity athlete, she is outgoing, extremely loud and a raucous partier.
  • The comedy series is adding four recurring characters for its upcoming fourth season - to be played by Elizabeth Whitson, Kofi Siriboe, Evan Crooks and Monty Geer. Whitson will play Eva, a new girl at Palos Hills High School who quickly grabs the attention of everyone on campus. Siriboe will play Tyler, a new student from Rwanda spending a year in America. Crooks and Geer will play Theo and Cole, a gay dynamic duo who ooze mischief and trouble.
  • Joan Allen (Nixon, The Crucible) is joining the cast of the revived AMC drama for its fourth and final season. She will play Margaret O'Neal, the head of an all-boys military academy based outside of Seattle.
  • Current Parenthood recurring guest star Lyndon Smith has been cast on the period drama project written by and starring Ed Burns. She will play Deirdre, a beautiful beatnik and good neighborhood girl who everyone grew up with and is sister to the local screw-up. Elizabeth Masucci and Keith Nobbs have also joined the pilot in unspecified roles.
  • The Peacock network has ordered a pilot for this drama project from Liz Heldens, creator of NBC's Mercy, Deception and Camp (all one season wonders). David Janollari will executive produce. Salvation is described as a big family saga set against the backdrop of a Texas mega church.
  • A&E is developing a contemporary remake of the late 1980s John Landon-starring drama series. The project, which will be written by former Hell on Wheels showrunner John Wirth, centers on an angel sent down to earth to help troubled souls. Mark Wahlberg, Bob DeBitetto, Noreen Halpen, Stephen Levinson and Wayne Lepoff will executive produce through their production companies A&E Studios, Halfire-Core Entertainment and Closest to the Hole Productions.
  • Film actor Olivier Martinez has been tapped for a recurring role on the ABC soap. He will play Pascal LeMarchal, Margaux's (Karine Vanasse) media magnate father. A cutthroat businessman, he has a competitive history with Conrad (Henry Czerny) and an even more complicated relationship with Victoria (Madeleine Stowe).
  • The family sitcom is staging a Sabrina, the Teenage Witch reunion during its April 9 episode. David Lascher, who played Melissa Joan Hart's love interest Josh on the ABC/The WB comedy, will guest star as Charlie. Charlie is a recently divorced friend of Joe's (Joey Lawrence) who talks Joe into being his wingman at a singles bar - much to Mel's (Hart) disapproval.
  • The comedy has also added Erin Sanders (Big Time Rush) and Meaghan Martin (Camp Rock) in recurring roles. Sanders will play Chris, a laidback college student who created her own field of study to major in. Martin will play Jenna, a dancer who is always showing off her flexibility.
  • Much sought after leading man Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights) has signed on to star in the upcoming 13-episode psychological thriller from the creative team behind FX's Damages. The series centers on a family of adult siblings whose secrets and scars are revealed when the black sheep oldest brother returns home. Chandler will play the married middle brother who takes care of the entire family.