Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Development News - Michael Cudlitz to Star in Tim Doyle's Comedy Pilot; Josh Dallas Boards 'Manifest'; Plus 3 More Updates!

Development News - February 13, 2018

ABC's The Greatest American Hero & Untitled Tim Doyle; CBS' Chiefs; FOX's The Passage; and NBC's Manifest.

  • Michael Cudlitz will play the lead role on the comedy pilot written by Tim Doyle. He starred for five seasons in TNT's Southland and three seasons in AMC's The Walking Dead.
  • He will play Mike Doyle, the family patriarch. He is a working-class guy with 1950s conservative values who is out of his depth in the early 1970s. The father of eight relies on his church and government to cope with the student protests and discontent over the Vietnam War.
  • Josh Dallas and Melissa Roxburgh have been cast as the leads on the drama pilot written by Jeff Rake. Dallas starred for six seasons in ABC's Once Upon a Time. Roxburgh is a series regular on The CW's Valor, which is unlikely to be renewed for a second season.
  • Dallas will play Ben Stone. The quintessential type-A father and intelligence analyst, he struggles against what he can't control - whether it's his son's rare pediatric cancer or the mysterious voice that's now inside his head.
  • Roxburgh will play Michaela Stone. Wracked with guilt over a tragic accident, she anguishes about whether she's fit to be a police officer and fiancée. When she mysterious returns years later after being missing, she finds her life with a strange new purpose.
  • Jamie McShane and Caroline Chikezie have joined the cast of the drama pilot starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar. McShane starred for three seasons in Netflix's Bloodline and is also a series regular on USA's upcoming anthology Unsolved. Chikezie recurred on the second season of Spike's The Shannara Chronicles.
  • McShane will play Dr. Tim Fanning, Patient Zero of the mysterious disease.
  • Chikezie will play Dr. Major Nichole Sykes, leader of Project Noah.
  • Alana De La Garza has booked one of the three lead roles on the drama pilot written by David Hudgins. She previously starred in four seasons of NBC's Law & Order, one season of ABC's Forever and two seasons of CBS' Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.
  • She will play the Beverly Hills Chief of Police. She knows her job is all about politics and image - and she handles it with confidence. A law school grad who went straight to detective work, and then made Captain before being promoted to Chief. She's close friends with fellow police chiefs Kendra and Vicky.
  • George Wendt, Gia Sandhu and Zenobia Shroff will co-star on the comedy pilot starring Hannah Simone. Wendt starred in eleven seasons of NBC's Cheers, and received six Emmy nominations for his performance. Sandhu recurred on the British drama The Indian Detective. Shroff recently appeared in The Big Sick.
  • Wendt will play Bob Rice, Meera's (Simone) boss.
  • Sandhu will play Mona, Meera's pretty and type-A sister.
  • Shroff will play Leena, Meera's elegant and inscrutable mother.