Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Casting News - Archie Panjabi Books Recurring Role on 'Blindspot'; Maggie Geha is 'Gotham's New Poison Ivy; Plus 10 More Updates!

Casting News - June 22, 2016

ABC's Conviction, Time After Time & When We Rise; CBS' NCIS: New Orleans; CMT's Million Dollar Quartet & Nashville; FOX's Gotham & Rosewood; NBC's Blindspot; Netflix's Girlboss & Godless; and TNT's Major Crimes.

  • Maggie Geha (Ted 2, The Harrow) has been tapped to replace Clare Foley as Ivy Pepper on the drama's upcoming third season. The character has been aged up for the new season, forcing the role Foley has played for the first two seasons on a recurring basis to be recast. Geha will be a series regular on the new season. The story will see Ivy Pepper finding herself reborn following an encounter with a monster from Indian Hill and one step closer to the DC villain she is destined to become: Poison Ivy. Now a 19-year-old woman who has harnessed the full power of her charms, she sets her sights on Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz).
  • Daniel DiTomasso has exited the cast of the upcoming drama starring Hayley Atwell. In the original pilot, he played Jackson Morrison, Carter's (Atwell) younger brother and the family's golden child, who also happens to be a top-end lawyer. The character was initially conceived as a guest star but was upgraded to series regular on the pilot once DiTomasso was cast. His exit stems from the character being taken in a different creative direction.
  • As the upcoming miniseries wraps shooting in Vancouver, the series has announced that Rob Reiner, T.R. Knight, Phylicia Rashad, Richard Schiff, Mary McCormack, Arliss Howard, Henry Czerny, William Sadler and Pauley Perrette will appear in undisclosed guest roles.
  • Johnny Simmons (Transpecos) has been cast as the male lead on the upcoming comedy starring Britt Robertson. He will play Shane, an indie band tour manager and occasional drummer who is smitten with Sophia (Robertson).
  • Emmy winner Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife) has booked a major recurring role on the drama's upcoming second season. She will play will play the head of a secret division of the NSA that has been tracking the Jane Doe (Jaimie Alexander) case from afar.
  • The cable network has ordered eight more episodes for the current fifth season of hit drama starring Mary McDonnell. That brings the season's total episode count to 21.
  • Brian Austin Green (90210, Anger Management) has joined the drama's upcoming second season as a new series regular. He will play Aaron Slade, East Miami Police's newest member with a mysterious past that will both challenge and complicate an already messy situation between Rosewood (Morris Chestnut) and Villa (Jaina Lee Ortiz).
  • Nicole Ari Parker (Soul Food, Murder in the First) has been tapped to replace Regina Taylor on the upcoming drama series. She will play Vanessa Anders, a billionaire philanthropist, avid art collector and the current owner of the Time Machine. She will become a trusted ally of H.G. Wells (Freddie Stroma) even as she guards the secrets that could change his past and alter his future. The recasting comes as the creative direction of the character was tweaked after the pilot.
  • Graceland alum Vanessa Ferlito has joined the drama's upcoming third season as a new series regular. She will play a sexy, tough and acerbic FBI Special Agent who is sent down to New Orleans from D.C. to investigate the NCIS team. A by-the-book bureaucrat, she'll bring a completely different way of doing things to New Orleans, which will put her at odds with the team and the town.
  • Rob Morgan (Stranger Things, Daredevil) has been cast in a recurring role on the upcoming limited series starring Jeff Daniels and Jack O'Connell. He will play John Randall. No additional character details were immediately released.
  • Dustin Ingram (Vinyl, True Blood) has landed a recurring role on the upcoming miniseries inspired by the Broadway musical. He will play Carl Perkins, one of the fathers of rock n' roll and part of the legendary quartet of Johnny Cash (Kevin Fonteyne), Jerry Lee Lewis (Christian Lees) and Elvis Presley (Drake Milligan).
  • Will Chase and Aubrey Peeples are departing the cast of the drama series ahead of its fifth season move to CMT. The duo are so far the only cast members confirmed not to be returning for the new season. Talks are still ongoing with the rest of the cast - with sources saying things are looking optimistic with stars Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere. Both Chase and Peeples joined the drama during its second season as Luke Wheeler and Layla Grant, respectively.