Friday, January 29, 2016

Casting News - Jada Pinkett Smith is Returning to 'Gotham'; Grace Gummer Joins 'Mr. Robot' as New Regular; Plus 8 More Updates!

Casting News - January 29, 2016

ABC's Dr. Ken; AMC's Fear the Walking Dead; FOX's Gotham; Freeform's Stitchers; FX's The Strain; Hulu's Shut Eye; Lifetime's UnREAL; MTV's Finding Carter; NBC's Saturday Night Live; and USA's Mr. Robot.

  • Arturo Del Puerto (Ride Along 2, Snowfall) has been cast in a recurring role on the drama's upcoming second season. He will play Carlos, who's guarded but possesses a spiritual understanding of the world.
  • America Olivo (Chicago P.D., Degrassi: The Next Generation) has booked a recurring role on the drama's upcoming third season. She will play Kate Rogers, who commands a squad of NYPD combatants.
  • Grace Gummer (The Newsroom, Extant) has joined the drama's upcoming second season as a new series regular. She will play Dominique "Dom" DiPierro, a young FBI field agent investigating the Evil Corp Hack that occurred in the season one finale. She uses her instinctive skills to try and track down the fsociety members and find answers.
  • Jada Pinkett Smith is set to reprise her role as Fish Mooney in multiple episodes of the drama's current second season. No details were immediately released about how and why she will return. Fish was last seen being pushed to her "death" from a building by the Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) in the first season finale.
  • Jim Rash is the latest Community alum set to appear in an upcoming episode of the comedy's first season. He will play Devon Drake, a slick and smug lawyer who is hellbent on proving that Ken (Ken Jeong) is not qualified to be an expert medical witness on a case and does a number on his self-confidence in court. Fellow Community vets Joel McHale and Danny Pudi appear in the February 5 episode.
  • The hit drama series will return for its second season on Tuesday, March 22 at 10/9c. The drama stars Emma Ishta, Kyle Harris, Ritesh Rajan, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Allison Scagliotti and Damon Dayoub.
  • Larry David will host the late night sketch comedy series for the fourth time on Saturday, February 6, with musical guest The 1975. The following week on February 13, Melissa McCarthy will also host for the fourth time, with musical guest Kanye West.
  • The cable network has canceled the drama series starring Kathryn Prescott after two seasons. The series produced 36 episodes. The cast also included Cynthia Watros, Alexis Denisof, Anna Jacoby-Heron, Zac Pullam and Alex Saxon.
  • Monica Barbaro, Denée Benton, Michael Rady and Gentry White have joined the drama's upcoming second season as new series regulars. Barbaro will play Yael, an Everlasting contestant who drives Rachel (Shiri Appleby) insane because she's the hotter, less damaged, not crazy, version of her. Benton will play Ruby, an Everlasting contestant who's very smart and not at all interesting in doing what the producers want her to do. Rady will play Coleman, an East Coast kid who to NYU film school and is now a documentary filmmaker. White will play Romeo, Darius Hill's (B.J. Britt) cousin.
  • KaDee Strickland (Private Practice, Secrets & Lies) has landed the female lead on the upcoming drama series starring Jeffrey Donovan. She will play Linda, a beautiful former dancer and Charlie's (Donovan) wife. Struck with occasional bouts of manic depression, she is a self-described housewife who makes money on the side as a fortune teller entertaining at upscale parties, though what she truly desires is for Charlie to break away from his crooked and violent boss so that they can make some real money running scams on their own.