Thursday, February 23, 2017

Development News - Damon Wayans Jr. to Star in FX's 'Singularity'; Dennis Haysbert Joins NBC's 'Reverie'; Plus 13 More Updates!

Development News - February 23, 2017

ABC's Unit Zero, Untitled Jeremy Bronson & Untitled Paul William Davies; CBS' Instinct & Untitled Ben Cavell; The CW's Insatiable; FOX's Controversy, L.A. to Vegas, Linda From HR & Thin Ice; FX's Mayans MC & Singularity; NBC's Reverie & Spaced Out; and USA's Unsolved.

  • After fielding multiple offers this pilot season, Damon Wayans Jr. (Happy Endings, New Girl) has signed on to star in the comedy pilot written by Sonny Lee. He will play Doug, a guy who loves to be in the moment and is often dressed in Yezzy streetwear. Contrary to some, Doug is happily reliant on artificial intelligence and seeks out all the pleasures technology has to offer.
  • Ramona Young (The Real O'Neals, Man Seeking Woman) will co-star on the comedy pilot starring Bridgit Mendler. She will play Iris, the weird and overbearing member of the research time in Antarctica. 
  • Awkward alum Wesam Keesh has joined the cast of the drama pilot written by Paul William Davies. He will play Jay, a recent law school grad who's about to begin his career as a public defender in the prestigious district court.
  • Neil Brown Jr. (Insecure, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency) has been cast on the drama pilot written by Ben Cavell. He will play Ray, the longest-tenured member of Jason's assault team, and his most trusted friend and colleague.
  • Naveen Andrews (Lost, Sense8) has booked a series regular role on the drama pilot starring Alan Cumming. Also cast today is Daniel Ings (Lovesick). Andrews will pay Julian, Dylan's (Cumming) old friend from the CIA who rivals him in brilliance and wit. His casting is officially in first position. However, he'll still be able to appear on Netflix's Sense8 should it be renewed for a third season. Ings will play Tracy, Dylan's "all-American" husband of one year.
  • Dennis Haysbert (24, Incorporated) has been cast on the drama pilot starring Sarah Shahi. He will play Charlie Ventana, an ex chief of police who started his own security company and now works as a liaison for the company, Reverie, a customizable virtual reality program. He hires Mara (Shahi), his former hostage negotiator who quit after a personal tragedy, to enter the consciousness of one of the comatose users in the hopes that she can negotiate his journey back to real life. Charlie knows Mara's story well and has utmost faith in her, but the pressure is on to keep Reverie alive.
  • Josh Duhamel (11.22.63), Jimmi Simpson (Westworld) and Bokeem Woodbine (Fargo) will star in the drama written by Kyle Long. Duhamel will play Detective Greg Kading, who in 2006 was asked to help spearhead a multi-agency task force with the purpose of finding out who was responsible for Christopher Wallace's (aka Biggie Smalls) slaying. Simpson will play Detective Russell Poole, who in 1997 investigated the slaying of Biggie Smalls and became convinced that the LAPD was covering something up. His findings eventually led Voletta Wallace to file a lawsuit against the department. Woodbine will play Officer Daryn Dupree, who in 2006 became a key member of the task force - one with a deep knowledge of L.A. gangs and the rap industry. All three actors were heavily sought-after this pilot season - each getting multiple broadcast offers before settling on the cable pilot.
  • Lauren Graham (Parenthood, Gilmore Girls) has booked the lead role on the comedy pilot written by Geoff Barbanell and Itai Grunfeld. She will play Linda Plugh, an HR employee whose life explodes as she must juggle a huge secret that threatens both her work and home life. Graham's casting lifts the cast-contingent order on the pilot.
  • JD Pardo (East Los High, Revolution) has landed the lead role on the drama pilot spinoff of Sons of Anarchy. He will play Ezekiel "EZ" Reyes, a prospect in the Mayan MC charter on the California/Mexico border. He is the gifted son of a proud Latino family, whose American dream was snuffed out by cartel violence. Now, his need for vengeance drives him toward a life he never intended and can never escape.
  • Austin Stowell (Whiplash, Public Morals) has been cast in the lead role on the drama pilot written by Sheldon Turner. He will pay Matt Kincaid, the Junior Counsel of a prestigious Illinois university who must deal with an out-of-control scandal when a young co-ed accuses several star football players of sexual assault.
  • Rob Huebel (Childrens Hospital, Transparent) will co-star on the comedic drama pilot starring Toni Collette. He will play Phineas Bog, a CIA computer genius with an offbeat and unconventional manner. He manages to keep a lid on his feelings on Jackie (Collette) long enough to head the CIA's Cyber Security - even though everyone views him as just the IT guy. Sweet and soft-hearted, he is sharp as a tack and quite possibly the smartest guy in the room.
  • Debby Ryan (Jessie, The Suite Life on Deck) has joined the drama pilot as the female lead. She will play Patty, a smart, opinionated and vulnerable former fat girl who found solace through eating. But after having her jaw broken, she loses 70 pounds and turns out to be gorgeous. The daughter of a beautiful alcoholic who has just gotten her 60-day AA chip, Patty's life takes an unexpected turn when Bob, her lawyer/beauty pageant coach, offers to help her become a professional beauty queen.
  • Dylan McDermott (The Practice, American Horror Story) has booked a lead role on the comedy pilot written by Lon Zimmet. He will play Captain Dave, the all-American pilot on Flight 1710 who is cocky but also a baby. He is a likable narcissist who feels connecting with his passengers is just as important as flying the plane.
  • Brett Goldstein (Uncle, Drifters) has joined the cast of the comedy pilot written by Adam Sztykiel. He will play Leon Ness, the brilliant and unpredictable founder of Space One, an eccentric man who dreams big and never gives up.
  • Lea Michele (Scream Queens, Glee) will co-star on the comedy pilot starring Brandon Michael Hall. No character details were immediately released because the creative team may be tailoring the role more to her talents. The role was original conceived as Courtney's (Hall) Chief of Staff and reliable foil. Her casting on the pilot will have no impact on the renewal chances of FOX's Scream Queens as she will not return for a potential third season.