Monday, February 29, 2016

Development News - Sarah Shahi to Play CBS' Nancy Drew; Adhir Kalyan Books Lead in 'Square Roots'; Plus 14 More Updates!

Development News - February 29, 2016

ABC's Conviction, The Fluffy Shop, Hail Mary, Notorious & Square Roots; CBS' Bunker Hill, Drew, The Kicker & Untitled O'Shannon/Butler/Hope; FOX's Charity Case, The Exorcist, The Mick, Pitch & Untitled Chris Case; and NBC's Time & The Trail.

  • Becki Newton (Ugly Betty, Weird Loners) has been cast as the female lead on the comedy pilot written by Chris Case. She will play Christy, Havoc's strong and soulful wife, a psychologist who works with athletes to help them overcome anything from an addiction to drugs to an addiction to food.
  • Adhir Kalyan, Noureen DeWulf, Bernard White and Nina Wadie have landed regular roles on the comedy pilot written by Vijal Patel. Kalyan will play Daneesh "Dan" Desai, an engineer by trade, by disposition and by genetic inheritance. He is a high IQ guy who is always thinking (and always venting) and he believes that everything is capable of being improved and adjusted with a little bit of engineering. DeWulf will play Leena Desai, Dan's wry and just a bit misanthropic sister, who is an environmental engineer. She has also stayed single, a shocking decision that has outraged the other members of her family. White will play Mukesh Desai, a patriarchal nerd and electrical engineer who believes adamantly in the old-fashioned virtues of hard work, self-determination and self-reliance. Wadia will play Seema Desai, the matriarch and chemical engineer who is in some ways a traditional Indian woman who dotes on her family and wants her daughter to start punching out grandchildren but is also proud of her achievements outside the family.
  • Kate Jennings Grant (Love & Other Drugs) and J. August Richards (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) will co-star on the drama pilot starring Daniel Sunjata. Grant will play Louise, the host of a news program at the center of the series. Richards will play Bradley, Jake's (Sunjata) brother who once had the potential to be the shining star of the law office but is now overshadowed by Jake.
  • Gloria Garayua (Grey's Anatomy) has booked a regular role on the comedy pilot starring Gabriel Iglesias. She will play Carmen, Gabe's (Iglesias) girlfriend, the strict mother to a 13-year-old son.
  • Person of Interest star Sarah Shahi has been tapped to play Nancy Drew on the drama pilot written by Joan Rater and Tony Phelan. Nancy grew up solving crimes with her two childhood girlfriends, Bess and George (Vanessa Ferlito). In the prospective series, Nancy joins the NYPD after college, where she was named the youngest female homicide detective. She was a star - until she arrested the wrong guy, was publicly called on it and quit the force. Additionally, Tony and Grammy winner Steve Kazee (Once, Shameless) has been cast as the male lead. He will play Ned, an investigative reporter for the New York Times and Nancy's former boyfriend.
  • Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years, Sullivan & Son) has joined the cast of the drama pilot starring Kylie Bunbury. He will play Al Sciutto, the baseball team's grizzled but steady manager.
  • Merrin Dungey (Once Upon a Time, Chasing Life) - the sister of the network's new entertainment president, Channing Dungey - has been cast on the drama pilot starring Hayley Atwell. She will play Maxine, h lead investigator for the CIU, a former NYPD detective who comes from a family of cops. She's tough but finds her previously unfailing loyalty to the badge tested as she delves into her former colleagues' cases.
  • Hannah Kasulka (The Fosters) will co-star on the drama pilot written by Jeremy Slater. She will play Casey Rance, the wall-flower of the family. She is worried about her sister Charlotte (Brianne Howey), who has been holed up in her room ever since her serious accident.
  • Sofia Black-D'Elia (The Messengers, Skins) has been cast on the comedy pilot written by John and Dave Chernin. She will play Sabrina, the oldest of the three kids Mickey has to care for.
  • Drop Dead Diva star Brooke Elliott has landed a regular role on the untitled comedy pilot written by Dan O'Shannon, Robyn Butler and Wayne Hope. She will play Amber, one of the three legitimate children of Wayne (John Carroll Lynch) and Julie (Katey Sagal). She's the tough-minded, responsible, business-like, level-headed one in the family - and she lets everyone know it.
  • JoAnna Garcia Swisher (Reba, The Astronaut Wives Club) has joined the cast of the comedy pilot starring Geoff Stults. She will play Bambi, Daryl's (Stults) intelligent and patient wife who is a physical therapist to pro athletes.
  • Smash alum Krysta Rodriguez has been cast on the comedy pilot starring Nicholas D'Agosto and John Lithgow. She will play Summer Henderson, Larry's (Lithgow) free-spirited adopted daughter who comes back to town to help her father.
  • Ward Horton (Annabelle) has booked a regular role on the drama pilot starring Dermot Mulroney and Augustus Prew. He will play Dr. Scott Strauss, an intense neurologist with an Ivy League pedigree and is the son of a world class physician.
  • 90210 alum Matt Lanter has landed the male lead on the drama pilot written by Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke. He will play one of the main time-travelers at the center of the prospective series.
  • Happy Endings alum Casey Wilson has booked the lead role on the comedy pilot written by Brian Gallivan. She will play Mary Wolf, a young small-town mayor who has dysfunctional siblings, a dying father, disgruntled citizens, a nearly bankrupt town and the mafia breathing down her next. Only a miracle can help her - so she fakes one.
  • Kyle Bornheimer (Angel From Hell, Family Tools, Perfect Couples) will co-star on the comedy pilot starring Courteney Cox. He will play Adam, Hailey's (Cox) stepson who is now the chairman of the board of the Waller Foundation since his father's passing. Self-important, Adam has nothing but disdain for Hailey, who he refers to as "Philanthropist Barbie."