Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Development News - Tori Anderson Books Lead on 'No Tomorrow'; George Eads to Co-Star on 'MacGyver'; Plus 13 More Updates!

Development News - March 8, 2016

ABC's The Death of Eva Sofia Valdez, Spark, Square Roots, Time After Time & Toast; CBS' Bunker Hill, Drew, Four Stars, Furst Born, MacGyver & Real Good People; The CW's No Tomorrow; FOX's Recon; and NBC's Sebastian & Time.

  • Katie Walder (How I Met Your Mother, New Girl) has been cast on the comedy pilot starring Adhir Kalyan. She will play Ruth, Dan's (Kalyan) wife and mother to their two kids. She is as far from an engineer as you can get and she has a much more normal, non-productive and fun approach with the children.
  • Melora Hardin (Transparent, The Office) has joined the cast of the drama pilot starring Gina Torres and Eric Close. She will play Courtney Monroe, Blair's (Close) aristocratic wife, patrician and beautiful, she is determined to be the First Lady of Miami. Politically astute and more than a little ruthless, she assists Blair in his mayoral campaign and is not above using dirty tactics to achieve her ends.
  • Amanda Warren (The Leftovers, Wizard of Lies) has booked a regular role on the drama pilot starring Tracy Spiridakos. She will play Rashida Malik, the Special Agent in Charge of the Milwaukee FBI division and a follower of Islam who is spearheading the mission to prevent another homegrown terrorist attack.
  • Tori Anderson (Open Heart, The L.A. Complex) will play the lead role on the hourlong comedy pilot written by Corinne Brinkerhoff, Scott McCabe and Tory Stanton. She will play Evie, a risk-averse, straight arrow, female procurement manager at an Amazon-like distribution center who falls in love with a freewheeling man who lives life to the fullest because he believes the apocalypse is imminent. Together, they embark on a quest to fulfill their individual bucket lists.
  • CSI alum George Eads is returning to the broadcast network with a co-starring role on the drama pilot. Additionally, David Von Ancken (Code Black, Tut) has signed on to take over as director from executive producer James Wan - who now has a scheduling conflict with post-production on The Conjuring 2. Eads will play Lincoln, a man who could easily be written off as an eccentric conspiracy theorist but he's a legit government employee with a great capability for compassion.
  • Bruce Greenwood (Mad Men, The People v. O.J. Simpson) is set as one of the leads on the drama pilot written by Becky Mode. He will play General Buckley, a four-star general in charge of worldwide special operations for the U.S. military who is fiercely protective of his family.
  • Beth Hoyt (Inside Amy Schumer) and David Keith (The Class) will co-star on the comedy pilot written by Stephnie Weir. Hoyt will play Beth, the dramatic middle child who fled conservative Texas to pursue love and fashion in New York City, only to wake up a decade later bitter, broke, single and grateful to have a loving home to return to. Keith will play James, the family patriarch and one half of what is possibly the world's happiest couple.
  • Alex Lanipekun (Homeland, Killing Jesus) has landed a regular role on the drama pilot written by Michael Cooney. He will play Christian, Philippe's son and Alex's older brother. Handsome and autocratic, he's been raised in an atmosphere of great wealth and absolute power, but privilege has spoiled him, and he now has an exalted sense of his own omnipotence.
  • Regina Taylor (Dig, The Unit) has been cast on the drama pilot starring Freddie Stroma and Josh Bowman. She will play Vanessa Anders, H.G. Wells' (Stroma) ally, a billionaire businesswoman who owns and protects the time machine in 2016 New York City. Confident and strong, she has a warm and welcoming smile, but is also a respected and sometimes feared CEO.
  • Emmy and Tony winner Debra Monk (NYPD Blue, Mozart in the Jungle) has joined the cast of the drama pilot starring Sarah Shahi. She will play Hannah Gruen, the Drew family's trusted housekeeper who served as a surrogate mom for Nancy (Shahi). With Nancy all grown up now, Hannah went back to school, trained to be a paralegal and is now Carson's (Anthony Edwards) right hand in his law practice.
  • Jono Kenyon (Step Dave) is set to play the male lead on the comedy pilot written by Scott Foley and Greg Grunberg. He will play max Leeds, an awkwardly handsome, charming and unassuming guy who is worried about what his fiancé's family thinks about him. After all, they couldn't be more different. Paige is a sorority girl from a close-knit wealthy Austin family, and he's a college dropout with a questionable credit history and a father in prison.
  • Aaron Jennings (Movie 43) has booked a regular role on the drama pilot starring Dermot Mulroney and Augustus Prew. He will play Dr. Malik Water, a physician who is tired of seeing his friends and family members receiving sub-optimal health care and has spearheaded an effort to provide 24/7 monitoring of an entire community.
  • Talitha Bateman (Hart of Dixie) will co-star on the comedy pilot starring Katey Sagal and John Carroll Lynch. She will play Erin, Bess and Danny's judgmental daughter and Owen's twin sister.
  • ER alum Goran Visnjic is returning to the broadcast network in a key role on the drama pilot written by Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke. He will play Garcia Flynn, a vulnerable, damaged, oddly emotional and dangerous man who has recently stolen a time machine and traveled with his team of soldiers to the hours prior to the Hindenburg's explosion. He is guide by a strange journal from some other period of time, and while his full plan is still shrouded in mystery, it's clear that he must be stopped.
  • Vanessa Lachey (Truth Be Told, Dads) has been cast as the female lead on the comedy pilot starring Sebastian Maniscalco. She will play Lana, Sebastian's (Maniscalco) easy-going wife. She's a pretty, sweet and bubbly woman who enjoys people, trusts everyone (at times to a fault) and is always living in the positive. She just wishes her husband would stop only following his father's (Tony Danza) advice and start considering hers.