Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Development News - Patricia Arquette to Topline 'CSI' Spinoff; 'Lost' Vet Joins 'Constantine'; Plus 5 More Updates!

Development News - March 5, 2014

ABC's Damaged Goods; AMC's Line of Sight; CBS' Untitled CSI Spinoff; The CW's The Messengers; HBO's The Money; NBC's Constantine; and TNT's Guilt by Association.

  • HBO has opted not to move forward with the drama pilot written by David Milch, directed by Justin Chadwick and starring Brendan Gleeson. The project told a story about wealth and corruption among the super elite, focusing on American mogul and patriarch James Castman (Gleeson), who wields power and influence to expand his media empire and control his family. Nathan Lane, Patrick Kennedy, Dominique McElligott, Laila Robins, Billy Magnussnen and Morgan Spector co-starred in the pilot, with Ray Liotta, John Carroll Lynch, Rosemary Harris and Mamie Gummer set as recurring.
  • AMC has decide to pass on the drama pilot - its first foray into sci-fi - written by Blake Masters, directed by Jonathan Demme and starring David Morrissey. The project centered on Lewis Bernt (Morrissey), a National Transportation Safety Board investigator who survives a mysterious plane crash, bringing him on an emotionally disorienting quest to discover the accident's cause. Sarah Clarke, Kai Lennox, Olafur Darri Olafsson, Omar Metwally, Samantha Mathis and Chinasa Ogbuagu co-starred in the pilot.
  • Luck Griffiths (True Blood), Harold Perrineau (Lost) and Charles Halford (True Detective) have been cast on the drama pilot starring Matt Ryan. Griffiths will play Liv, an offbeat young woman tired of her ordinary life who comes to discover that she has the ability to see the supernatural world among us. Perrineau will play Manny, an authoritative angel assigned to watch over Constantine (Ryan) who has the power to step into other people's bodies and won't hesitate to help out if he can save a life. Halford will play Chas, Constantine's oldest friend and staunch companion who possesses powerful survival skills that might be supernatural.
  • Patricia Arquette (Medium, Boardwalk Empire) is set as the lead on the planted spinoff of the long-running procedural. She will play Avery Ryan, Special Agent in Charge at the Cyber Crime Division of the FBI who is tasked with solving high-octane online crimes. She will be introduced in a CSI episode this spring.
  • Kellee Stewart (The Soul Man, HR) has joined the cast of the comedy pilot from writer Lauren Iungerich. She will play Betsy, a woman who is living off alimony.
  • Julia Stiles (Dexter, Blue) has been tapped to star on the drama pilot opposite Elisabeth Rohm and Rose Rollins. She will play Rachel, a talented deputy district attorney in the L.A. County District Attorney's Office who sometimes operates outside the law in order to uphold it. 
  • Diogo Morgado (The Bible) will co-star on the drama pilot. He will play The Man, a mysterious figure who wakes up naked and burned in the desert and sets out on a mission to provide some answers about the strange events.