Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Casting News - Ellen Pompeo Signs New 'Grey's Anatomy' Deal; Showtime Sets Fall Premieres for 3 Dramas; Plus 3 More Updates!

Casting News - June 1, 2016

ABC's Grey's Anatomy; Netflix's Santa Clarita Diet; Showtime's The Affair, Homeland, Masters of Sex & Shameless; and USA's Suits.

  • Series star Ellen Pompeo has signed a new deal to remain on the veteran drama series for its upcoming thirteenth season. She is one of four actors who've been on the series since the first season. The others include Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson and James Pickens Jr. - who are still negotiation new contacts as is Kevin McKidd. The upcoming season will be the third with a major cast departure. On the heels of Sandra Oh and Patrick Dempsey's exits in 2014 and 2015 respectively, Season 13 will be the first without Sara Ramirez who has been with the series since its second season.
  • Isidora Goreshter has been promoted to series regular for the drama's upcoming seventh season. She debuted in the third season as Svetlana, a Russian prostitute turned baby mama for Mickey (Noah Fisher). In Season 6, she became the main bartender at Kev (Steve Howey) and V's (Shanola Hampton) bar before entering into a polyamorous relationship with them.
  • Liv Hewson (Dramaworld) has been cast as a series regular on the upcoming comedy starring Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant. Additionally, Richard T. Jones (Narcos) has joined the series in a major recurring role. Hewson will play Sheila (Barrymore) and Joel's (Olyphant) teenage daughter. Jones will play Rick, a friendly and laid-back Santa Monica police officer who gets high with Joel.
  • Carly Pope (Popular, The Tomorrow People) has booked a recurring role on the drama's upcoming sixth season. She will play Tara Messer, a cultured and perceptive commercial architect. When Louis (Rick Hoffman) reaches his wits' end with some traders, he brings in Tara to help partition them away.
  • The premium cable network is committed to during month releases for its original programming moving forward. Those plans were confirmed today when David Nevens, President and CEO, Showtime, revealed premiere dates for three dramas this fall. Masters of Sex will begin its fourth season on Sunday, September 11 at 10/9c. Shameless is returning early for its seventh season on Sunday, October 2 at 9/8c. And lastly, the third season of The Affair will start on Sunday, November 20 at 10/9c. Absent from this list is the upcoming sixth season of Homeland - which Nevens confirms will premiere in January 2017. Plus, the network is in active negotiations with Fox 21 to pick up the espionage thriller for Seasons 7 and 8.