Monday, March 6, 2017

Development News - Nina Wadia Joins Mindy Kaling's NBC Pilot; Noah Wyle to Star in 'Perfect Citizen'; Plus 11 More Updates!

Development News - March 6, 2017

ABC's Las Reinas, Losing It, Raised by Wolves, Splitting Up Together & The Trustee; CBS' 9J, 9K and 9L & Perfect Citizen; NBC's For God and Country, Redliners, Spaced Out, Untitled Grandy/Kaling & Untitled Mike O'Brien; and USA's Unsolved.

  • Newcomers Marcc Rose and Wavyy Jonez have been cast on the drama pilot written by Kyle Long. Rose will play Tupac Shakur, a poet, actor and rapper who was as brilliant as he was self-destructive. He was shot and killed in Las Vegas in 1996, and his murder still remains unsolved today. Jonez will play Biggie Smalls, who quickly went from honor student to drug dealer to the face of East Coast rap. He was shot and killed in Los Angeles just six months after Shakur, and his death also remains unsolved.
  • EastEnders alum Nina Wadia has joined the cast of the comedy pilot starring Anders Holm. She will play Lubna, a not to be trifled with and ambitious Saudi woman who owns the salon next to the gym owned by Vince (Holm). She is the mother of two very successful daughters and has her eye on expanding her business at Vince's expense.
  • ER and Falling Skies star Noah Wyle will play the lead role on the drama pilot written by Craig Turk. He will play Deck, the former general counsel for the NSA who, after his involvement as a whistleblower in an international scandal, embarks on a new career at a stories law firm in Boston. There, he faces the reality that while half the country thinks he's our greatest patriot, the other half thinks he's a traitor. 
CBS' 9J, 9K AND 9L
  • Linda Lavin (Alice) and Elliot Gould (Doubt) will co-star on the comedy pilot starring Mark Feuerstein. They will Judy and Harry, Josh (Feuerstein) and Andrew's (David Walton) parents. Lavin's Judy is pretty, stylish, social and obsessed with her sons. Her best day would be spent just staring at and smelling Josh. Gould's Harry knows no boundaries. A pillar of the community, he's warm and loving and lives life to the fullest.
  • Quantico alum Tate Ellington has booked a role on the drama pilot starring Mike Vogel and Anne Heche. The actor made the casting announcement on Twitter. No details were immediately released about the character he will be playing.
  • Emmy winner Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men) is plotting a return to broadcast television with a starring role on the comedy pilot written by DJ Nash. He will play Andy, a successful acupuncturist who has turned to Eastern Philosophy as a way to cope with his crazy family. While he's close with his mother, his relationship with his father is complicated - especially since Andy has to care for his dad, who never really took care of him. Andy is a bit of a control freak who believes he can fix anything - except for maybe his marriage, which has been in trouble since he caught his wife with another man.
  • Parenthood star Craig T. Nelson has joined the cast of the comedy pilot starring Georgia King. He will play Paul "Grampy" Kosinski, Sheila's (King) cheerfully entitled baby boomer father with limited resources who often takes advantage of her but also provides an odd comfort to the family. Friedman will play Banksy, the only son in the large family who carries the weight of his family's financial stress and the complexities of the world. Izabella Alvarez, Talia Jackson and Cooper Friedman have also been cast today as three of Sheila's children.
  • Matthew Davis (The Vampire Diaries) and Amanda Warren (The Leftovers) have landed roles on the drama pilot starring Daniella Alonso. Davis will play Andrew Somerset, Alex's (Alonso) partner who is intelligent, observant and keenly perceptive. He is a recent transplant to Florida. Alex may be "street royalty" - but Somerset is not about to let her go it alone (as much as she'd like to). Warren will play Inspector Kathryn Geller, the tough as nails head of the Organized Crime Task Force, a big game hunter who's been trying to get Alex to take down her grandmother for years.
  • Diane Farr (Numb3rs, Rescue Me) is set as a series regular on the comedy pilot starring Jenna Fischer and Oliver Hudson. She will play Maya, the wry single sister of Lena (Fischer) who pushes Lena to embrace her new singlehood in a plainspoken way that only a loving, older sister can.
  • Lance Gross (Sleepy Hollow, House of Payne) has been cast on the comedic drama pilot starring Meaghan Rath. He will play J.D. Hayes, a police detective who is also dating Eliza (Rath). He delights in her toughness but is not so thrilled when an old tragedy threatens their relationship, which he wants to take to the next level.
  • iCarly star Miranda Cosgrove has booked a series regular role on the comedy pilot written by Adam Sztykiel. She will play Casey, a brilliant and enthusiastic software engineer who shares her co-workers' dream of sending humans to Mars.
  • Greg Germann (Ally McBeal, Once Upon a Time) has joined the cast of the drama pilot starring Hannah Ware. He will play David Angola, Holt's handler at the FBI, a shrewd, political opportunist who learned spycraft from books.
  • Aparna Brielle (Grimm, D-Sides) will co-star on the comedy pilot written by Mike O'Brien. She will play Sarika, a career driven student who is constantly trying to do everything right and climb the ladder.