Thursday, February 6, 2014

Casting News - Michael J. Fox Returning to 'The Good Wife'; John Benjamin Hickey & Daniel Stern Board 'Manhattan'; Plus 10 More Updates!

Casting News - February 6, 2014

ABC's Mistresses, Scandal & Secrets & Lies; CBS's The Good WifeThe Millers & Two and a Half Men; FOX's Weird Loners; NBC's The Blacklist & Parenthood; Netflix's The Killing; Showtime's Ray Donovan; and WGN America's Manhattan.

  • We know that CBS's Under the Dome is planning to kill of 2 of its regular characters in its second season opener. So take this casting news, how you will. Natalie Martinez - who plays Sheriff Linda on the CBS drama - has been cast on the upcoming ABC drama series starring Ryan Phillippe. She will play Jess, the mother of a 4-year-old boy who turns by dead and destroys her entire world.
  • Fringe alum Lance Reddick will guest star on an upcoming episode - the hour that will also feature Oscar winner Dianne Wiest - of the hit NBC drama. He will play "The Cowboy," one of Red's (James Spader) many assets - who shocks Red with how he handles his latest assignment.
  • Hank Azaria (The Simpsons) and Sherilyn Fenn (Twin Peaks) will recur on the second season of the drama series - set to premiere this summer. Azaria will play James Cochran, the ambitious head honcho of the Los Angeles FBI who becomes a thorn in Ray's (Liev Schreiber) side. Fenn will play Holly Cochran, James' frumpy wife.
  • Jason Gerhardt (General Hospital) is joined the ABC summer drama in a recurring role for its second season. He will play Zack, a lost soul who shows up at Savi's (Alyssa Milano) home in the third episode. He turns out to be someone who she has a very unique connection to - which further complicated her romantic relationship.
  • The ABC drama is finally introducing Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) and Mellie's (Bellamy Young) other children, teenagers Jerry and Karen, with Dylan Minnette (Awake, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Madeline Carroll (Lost, Grey's Anatomy) being cast in the roles. They will first appear in the 15th episode of the third season.
  • Conan sidekick Andy Richter will appear on an upcoming spring episode of the freshman comedy series. He will Doug, a naive co-worker of Nathan's (Will Arnett) who he befriends in an attempt to raise his social profile around the news station.
  • Tyler Ross (American Milkshake), Sterling Beaumon (Red Widow) and Levi Meaden (The 100) have been cast as series regulars on the six-episode fourth and final season of the former AMC drama. Ross will play Cameron Stanton, the black sheep of his wealthy, well-connected family. Beaumon will play Lincoln Knopf, a deeply troubled boy who wears his anger and instability on his sleeve. Meaden will play AJ Fielding, a charismatic, over-achieving student.
  • Happy Endings alum Zachary Knighton is the first actor cast on the comedy series, which received a 6-episode straight-to-series order for FOX. He will play Stosh Lewandowski, a whip-smart and rakishly handsome sales rep with a cynical edge. Fired for sleeping with his boss' fiancee, Stosh is essentially homeless when he finds a welcome place to stay with his cousin, Eric, whom he hasn't seen since they were kids.
  • Zachary Knighton has also landed a major recurring role on the NBC drama for the second half of its fifth season. He will play Evan Knight, a hip new teacher at the school Kristina (Monica Potter) just founded who catches the eye of newly-separated Julia (Erika Christensen).
  • One day after NBC pulled his eponymous sitcom from its schedule, Michael J. Fox is returning to the CBS legal drama for a multi-episode arc at the end of its current fifth season. Fox plays Louis Canning, a legal nemesis for Alicia (Julianna Margulies). Fox first appeared on the drama in its second season and has since made 8 appearances on the series.
  • After departing ABC's Nashville in December, Kimberly Williams-Paisley has landed a new recurring gig - on CBS's long-running comedy series. First appearing in the March 6 episode, she will play Gretchen, a new love interest for Alan (Jon Cryer) and sister to his friend Larry (D.B. Sweeney). The casting also reunited her with her According to Jim co-star Courtney Thorne-Smith who has been recurring on the comedy for a handful of seasons now.
  • John Benjamin Hickey (The Big C) and Daniel Stern (Home Alone) have been tapped to star on the upcoming drama series from Sam Shaw. Hickey will play Frank Winter, a brilliant and self-destructive physics professor tapped to help lead the Manhattan Project, a mission that will jeopardize his family and his sanity. Stern will play Glen Babbit, a mentor and consiglieri to the younger physicists working on the Manhattan Project who navigates the political minefield of Los Alamos with wisdom and a dry wit.