Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Casting News - Richard Belzer Books 'SVU' Return; Mae Whitman to Appear on 'Gilmore Girls' Revival; Plus 7 More Updates!

Casting News - March 22, 2016

Amazon's Patriot; CBS' Untitled Kevin James Comedy; BBC America's Dirk Gently; E!'s The Royals; FX's Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll; NBC's Law & Order: SVU & The Night Shift; Netflix's Gilmore Girls; and USA's Eyewitness.

  • Gil Bellows (Ally McBeal), James Paxton (Texas Rising), Matt Murray (Rookie Blue) and Tattiawna Jones (RoboCop) have been cast on the upcoming drama starring Julianne Nicholson. Bellows will Gabe, Helen's (Nicholson) husband and adoptive father to Philip (Tyler Young), a small-town veterinarian whose decency, integrity and compassion saved Helen from her self-destructive cycle of living. Paxton will play Lukas, a teenager who is deeply conflicted about his sexuality and begins to learn self-acceptance from Philip until they both witness a quadruple homicide. Murray will play Tony, Helen's bright-eyed and bushy-tailed deputy with big dreams. Jones will play Kamilah, an FBI agent who suddenly finds her loyalty to her job and troubled sister at odds.
  • Richard Belzer will reprise his role as Detective Munch in May episode of the veteran procedural's 17th season. In the episode, Munch returns to weigh in on the case of a young model who claims she was preyed upon by a famous fashion house photographer. While the photographer had been on Munch and Fin's (Ice-T) radar for some time, they've never been able to make a case against him until now.
  • Eric Sheffer Stevens (Eye Candy) and Rebecca Naomi Jones (Ratter) have landed recurring roles on the comedy's upcoming second season. Stevens will play Brook Lanley, a hip rock producer. Jones will play Davvy, a sexy downtown singer.
  • Mae Whitman - who played Lauren Graham's TV daughter on NBC's Parenthood - will make a cameo appearance in the upcoming revival of the hit series starring Graham. No details were immediately released about the character she will be playing, though it is likely that she will share scenes with Graham.
  • After recurring throughout the second season, Genevieve Gaunt has been promoted to series regular status for the drama's upcoming third season. She plays Wilhelmina aka "Willow," a love interest for Prince Liam (William Moseley).
  • Lenny Venito (The Neighbors) and Gary Valentine (The King of Queens) have been cast on the upcoming comedy starring Kevin James. Venito will play Duffy, Kevin's (James) oldest friend with a great sense of humor and two ex-wives. Valentine will play Kyle, Kevin's brother, a fireman who is not taken seriously by Kevin and his cop buddies.
  • After appearing in the original pilot as a guest star, Chris Conrad has been upped to series regular for the drama's upcoming first season. He plays Dennis McClaren, an average-seeming employee at McMillan Industrial Piping who is overeager to be John's (Michael Dorman) sidekick when learns about John's cover as a U.S. intelligence officer. He sees his involvement with John as the escape he yearns for from his average life.
  • AnnaLynne McCord (90210, Dallas) has booked a recurring role on the drama's upcoming third season. She will play Jessica Sanders, a driven pharmaceutical rep who is always looking for ways to make a deal.
  • Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings, Wilfred) is set as the co-lead on the upcoming drama series based on the Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency novels. He will play Todd, Dirk Gently's reluctant assistant who is just flat out better than Dirk at a lot of things. He always attempts to solve matters with the fewest steps possible. Despite being a compassionate, sweet, smarter-than-average man with biting wit, Todd often finds himself at the intersection of morally gray crossroads. Thus, his bad habits of lying and stealing have dire consequences that he can't put off forever, even though he tries.