Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Casting News - 'Game of Thrones' Alum to Recur on '24' Update; 'Scandal' Adds 'Homeland' Standout; Plus 11 More Updates!

Casting News - February 11, 2014

ABC's Astronaut Wives Club, Mistresses, The Neighbors & Scandal; CBS' Extant; The CW's Hart of Dixie; FOX's 24: Live Another Day & Gotham; Hallmark's Signed, Sealed, Delivered, Netflix's Untitled KZK Drama; Showtime's Ray Donovan; TNT's The Last Ship; and USA's Graceland.

  • Vinessa Shaw (Vegas, 3:10 to Yuma) has been cast in a season-long recurring arc on the second season of the Liev Schreiber-starring drama. She will play Kate, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for The Boston Globe who is writing a book on Sully (James Woods) and comes to L.A. to investigate his death.
  • Jamie McShane (Southland, Murder in the First) has joined the cast of the upcoming drama series from the creators of FX/DirecTV's Damages. He will play Eric O'Bannon, a Key West native whose unethical business practices and questionable decision making present a moral challenge for Danny (Ben Mendelsohn).
  • Erik Valdez (General Hospital) has landed a recurring role on the upcoming second season of the summer drama. He will play Carlito Solano, the spoiled son of a powerful cartel leader who's a regular on the night club scene where he's always surrounded by an intimidating posse and a bevy of beautiful women. When the new season begins, Johnny (Manny Montana) is tasked with trying to reel Solano in.
  • Annie Wersching (24, Bosch) will recur on the first season of the upcoming summer drama. She will play Femi Dodd, a member of the Yasumoto Corporation board who endeavors to insure that in our race toward a technologically advanced future, we don't leave our humanity behind - with makes her a strong adversary to John (Goran Visnjic).
  • TV legend Dick Van Dyke has signed on for a guest stint on the upcoming drama series. He will play the team's supervisor in episodes 3 and 4 of the first season. The revolving role will feature a different TV icon every two episodes, with Valerie Harper playing the supervisor in the first two.
  • Homeland season 3 standout Nazanin Boniadi has joined the Kerry Washington-led drama for the second half of its third season. She will make her debut in the February 27 return and have a heavy recurring presence on the final episodes of the season. However, details on her character are heavily being kept under wraps.
  • Episodes star Joseph May has landed a recurring role on the second season of the summer drama. He will play Mickey, the gay best friend and business associate of April's (Rochelle Aytes) who provided the money necessary for her to open Maison Per La Mer.
  • The recently picked up drama for summer has cast JoAnna Garcia Swisher (Once Upon a Time) in one of the leading roles. She will play Betty Grissom, the wife of one of the original astronauts. A bouncy redhead with curls askew and a folksy Hoosier accent, she's got a down home appeal, which endears her to the public.
  • After securing Ben McKenzie in the lead role last week, the drama series has added Robin Lord Taylor (The Walking Dead), Zabryna Guevara (Burn Notice), Sean Pertwee (Camelot) and Erin Richards (Breaking In) to its cast. Taylor will play Oswald Cobblepot aka The Penguin, a low-level psychopath for gangster Fish Mooney who hides his sadistic lust for power behind an exquisitely polite demeanor. Guevara will play Captain Essen, Gordon's (McKenzie) boss at the GCPD Homicide Squad. Pertwee will play Alfred Pennyworth, an ex-marine from East London who has loyally served the Wayne family and now, in the wake of their tragic deaths, is fiercely protective of young Bruce. Richards will play Barbara Keen, a sophisticated emergency room doctor and Gordon's fiancée who stands by her future husband.
  • Titus Welliver - who can currently be seen in the lead role on the Amazon drama pilot Bosch - will guest star on the final two episodes of the action series' first season. Welliver was originally cast in the show's pilot as Mike Slattery, second in command on the vessel, but had to pull out of the series due to a family emergency. He was then replaced by Adam Baldwin - with the network hopeful that Welliver could return to the series in the future with a new role. That plan has now been confirmed but his new role is being shrouded in secrecy with the network only confirming that he will "influence the future of those survivors."
  • The ABC comedy is staging a Full House reunion for its second season finale. In the episode, Candace Cameron Bure and Scott Weinger will appear as new visitors to the alien neighborhood. Fun fact, Weinger is also a writer on the Friday night comedy.
  • 7th Heaven alum Barry Watson has landed a recurring role on The CW drama series. He will play Davis Polk, a southern gentleman who is handsome, quick-witted, a little bit shy and admired by everyone in town.
  • Game of Thrones alum Michelle Fairley is joining the event series in a major recurring role - replacing the originally cast Judy Davis who pulled out of the role last week for personal reasons. She will play Margot, a British national and the widow of a notorious terrorist.