Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Casting News - Franka Potente Boards 'Dark Matter'; AMC Sets 'Fear the Walking Dead' Return Date; Plus 4 More Updates!

Casting News - May 24, 2016

AMC's Fear the Walking Dead; BBC America's Dirk Gently; Discovery's Manifesto; NBC's Chicago Fire; Netflix's One Day at a Time; and Syfy's Dark Matter.

  • Emmy winner Greg Yaitanes (House, Banshee) will serve as executive producer, director and showrunner on the upcoming limited series created by Andrew Sodroski. Additionally, Lionsgate Television has boarded the scripted drama to co-produce with Discovery and Trigger Street Productions.
  • Franka Potente (The Bridge, Taboo) has been cast in a major recurring role on the drama's upcoming second season. She will play Commander Shaddick, Chief Inspector of the Galactic Authority Serious Crimes Division. She is cool, calculated and determined to prove the crew of the Raza were involved in the destruction of Iriden 3.
  • After airing its midseason finale on Sunday, May 22, the cable network has now confirmed that the hit drama will air the next eight episodes of its second season starting on Sunday, August 21 at 9/8c.
  • Eric Nenninger (Malcolm in the Middle) and Fiona Gubelmann (Wilfred) have joined the upcoming comedy series in recurring roles. Nenninger will play Scott, a nurse who works with Penelope (Justina Machado). She often loses patience with his know-it-all attitude. Gubelmann will play Lori, who works at Dr. Berkowitz's (Stephen Tobolowsky) office as a receptionist. She is annoyingly happily married and has dogs that she refers to as her children.
  • The upcoming drama starring Samuel Barnett and Elijah Wood has added to its cast today. Additions include Neil Brown Jr. and Richard Schiff as Estevez and Zimmerfield, a pair of missing person's detectives operating increasingly off book as they follow the trail of a complex and mystifying case; Jade Eshete as Farah Black, the athletic, self-doubting, badass, hyper competent but utterly anxious Security Officer to a billionaire; Mpho Koaho as Ken, a nerdy, friendly-faced tech trapped in increasingly difficult and bloody circumstances; Fiona Dourif as Bart Curlish, the terrifying, homicidal, deranged, fearless and nearly invincible self-identified "Holistic Assassin"; Michael Eklund as Martin, violent ring leader of the Rowdy 3 with an inexplicable sensitive side; Miguel Sandoval as Colonel Scott Riggins, beleaguered CIA head of a defunct secret bureau investigating the paranormal; Dustin Milligan as Sergant Hugo Friedkin, Riggin's subordinate, unpredictable, wildly ambitious and dangerous moron; and Aaron Douglas as Gordon Rimmer, an enigmatic loser with an impressive series of horrible secrets.
  • After recurring in the fourth season since February, Miranda Rae Mayo has been promoted to series regular for the drama's upcoming fifth season. She plays Stella Kidd, a new female firefighter at Firehouse 51 who had a history with both Dawson (Monica Raymund) and Severide (Taylor Kinney). By the end of the season, she and Severide were in a full-on relationship, which was complicated by her erratic ex-husband, Grant.