Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Casting News - Michael Weatherly to Exit 'NCIS'; Adam Driver & Ronda Rousey to Host 'Saturday Night Live'; Plus 2 More Updates!

Casting News - January 5, 2016

CBS' Life in Pieces & NCIS; HBO's Big Little Lies; and NBC's Saturday Night Live

  • The late night comedy sketch series has announced the hosts and musical guests for its first two episodes of 2016. On January 16, Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) will make his hosting debut alongside first time musical guest Chris Stapleton. On January 23, former UFC champion and Olympic medalist Ronda Rousey will host for the first time alongside fellow first time musical guest Selena Gomez.
  • Josh Groban and Kat Von D will appear in an upcoming episode of the comedy's first season. Groban will play a guitar salesman who tries to woo Clementine (Hunter King) while she's guitar shopping with Tyler (Niall Cunningham). Von D will play Louis, a tattoo artist who Tim (Dan Bakkedahl) goes to in order to surprise Heather (Betsy Brandt) for Valentine's Day.
  • Alexander Skarsgard. James Tupper, Jeffrey Nordling, Santiago Cabrera, P.J. Byrne, Virginia Kull, Kelen Coleman, Sarah Burns, Sarah Baker, Kathreen Khavari, Larry Bates, Hong Chau and Gia Carides have join the cast of the upcoming miniseries. Skarsgard will play Perry Wright, a successful businessman married to Celeste (Nicole Kidman). Tupper will play Nathan Carlson, Madeline's (Reese Witherspoon) ex-husband who remarried a young yoga instructor (Zoe Kravitz). Nordling will play Gordon Klein, a high-powered executive married to Renata (Laura Dern). Cabrera will play Joseph Bachman, who is having an affair with Madeline. Byrne will play Warren Nippal, the principal of the school in Monterey. Kull will play Ms. Emily Barnes, the first-grade teacher. Coleman, Burns, Baker, Khavari, Bates, Chau and Carides will play fellow parents and neighbor of the main characters.
  • Michael Weatherly has decided to exit the long running procedural at the end of the current thirteenth season. He has played Special Agent Tony DiNozzo since the first episode. CBS has released the following statement: "After 13 years on NCIS, Michael Weatherly is leaving the show at the end of this season. He is a valued part of the CBS family, and the immense charm and talent he brings to the screen as 'Very' Special Agent Tony DiNozzo has helped make NCIS what it is today - the No. 1 drama in the world. We thank Michael for all of his contributions to this successful franchise, and look forward to continuing to develop projects with him as part of our ongoing development deal."