Monday, August 14, 2017

Casting News - Connie Britton Returns to TV with Major Recurring Role on Showtime's 'SMILF'; Plus 10 More Updates!

Casting News - August 14, 2017

Amazon's Good Omens; AMC's Into the Badlands; CBS' Mom; FOX's Star & The X-Files; Lifetime's You; Netflix's The Haunting of Hill House & Jessica Jones; Paramount's Yellowstone; and Showtime's Patrick Melrose & SMILF.

  • Emmy and Tony winner Blythe Danner (Huff, Butterflies Are Free) will appear in the upcoming miniseries starring Benedict Cumberbatch. She will play Nancy, the wealthy Park Avenue sister to Eleanor Melrose (Jennifer Jason Leigh).
  • In her first major television role since leaving the cast of CMT's Nashville, Connie Britton has booked a major recurring role on the upcoming comedy created by and starring Frankie Shaw. Moreover, Miguel Gomez (The Strain), Raven Goodwin (Being Mary Jane) and Marc Webber (The Laramie Project) have also been cast today. Britton will play Ally, Bridgette's (Shaw) unstable boss who struggles with boundaries and finds herself in constant pursuit of self-betterment. Her expectations for Bridgette's role in her life go far beyond tutoring her kids. Gomez will play Rafi, a recovering addict who is trying to navigate the new world of being a good ex-boyfriend to Bridgette and father to their 2-year-old son. Goodwin will play Eliza, Bridgette's best friend and sometimes roommate who is in pharmacy school. Webber will play Father Eddie, a sober priest who runs a Catholic parish in South Boston.
  • David Tennant is set to reprise his role as the villainous Kilgrave on the drama's upcoming second season. No details were immediately released about how the character will return - especially since he was killed at the end of the first season by Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter).
  • Steven Weber (iZombie, NCIS: New Orleans) will guest star in an upcoming episode of the comedy's fifth season. He will play Patrick, Adam's (William Fichtner) newly divorced brother who takes a romantic interest in Christy (Anna Faris).
  • Robbie Amell (The Flash) and Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under) are set to reprise their roles as FBI Agents Miller and Einstein in the drama's upcoming eleventh season. Both characters were introduced in the recent revival season. Amell's Agent Miller is open to nontraditional ideas and explanations like Agent Mulder (David Duchovny). Ambrose's Agent Einstein is more interested in solving mysteries with clear-cut, irrefutable science like Agent Scully (Gillian Anderson). It remains unclear how many of the new episodes they'll appear in. Moreover, Barbara Hershey (Once Upon a Time) has been tapped for a recurring role in the new season. She will play Erika Price, a powerful figure who represents a mysterious organization.
  • Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell has been cast as a series regular on the upcoming drama starring Penn Badgley and Elizabeth Lail. She will play Peach Salinger, who has vast resources and family money. She is the controlling queen bee of Beck's (Lail) inner circle of privileged friends. She has her sights set on Joe (Badgley), in a way that feels oddly adversarial with Beck.
  • Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex) and David Tennant (Doctor Who) will star in the upcoming limited series based on the novel by Neil Gaiman. The project takes place in 2018 when the Apocalypse is near and Final Judgment is set to descend upon humanity. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, and tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. However, Aziraphale (Sheen), a somewhat fussy angel, and Crowley (Tennant), a fast-living demon, have lived amongst Earth's mortals since the beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle and are not actually looking forward to the coming war.
  • Henry Thomas (E.T.), Elizabeth Reaser (Grey's Anatomy) and Kate Siegel (Hush) will co-star on the upcoming drama starring Michiel Huisman and Carla Gugino. No details were immediately released about the characters they will be playing.
  • Jill Hennessy, Patrick St. Esprit, Ian Bohen and Denim Richards have landed recurring roles on the upcoming drama starring Kevin Costner. Hennessy will play Senator Huntington, an ally to Chief Rainwater (Gil Birmingham). St. Esprit will play Attorney General Stewart. Bohen and Richards will play Ryan and Colby, two cowboy wranglers.
  • ER alum Michael Michele has booked a series regular role on the drama's upcoming second season. She will play Ayanna, the new president of the girls' record label, and money is the bottom line for her. She knows the music business is changing and is driven to do whatever it takes to make her label relevant.
  • Lorraine Toussaint (Rosewood, Orange Is the New Black) is set as a new series regular on the drama's upcoming third season. She will play Cressida, a self-styled Prophetess and mentor to Pilgrim. She is his spiritual guide, political counsel and chief military strategist.