Thursday, March 8, 2018

Development News - Jorja Fox Returns to CBS for 'Chiefs'; Raúl Esparza to Star in 'Suspicion'; Plus 11 More Updates!

Development News - March 8, 2018

ABC's The Fix, For Love & Salvage; CBS' Chiefs, L.A. Confidential & Red Line; The CW's Dead Inside; FOX's Untitled Ilene Chaiken & Untitled Erin Foster; Hulu's Search and Destroy; and NBC's Like Family, Suspicion & Untitled Aseem Batra.

  • Jorja Fox will play the third lead on the drama pilot starring Alana De La Garza and Aunjanue Ellis. She starred for 15 seasons in CBS' CSI and had recurring roles on NBC's ER and The West Wing.
  • She will play Vicky, the Santa Monica Chief of Police. A native Texan, a cop's cop and the newest to the job of Police Chief, she's just been sworn in. Stubborn and uncompromising, she's a bull in a china shop. She's tough and focused - the type of person you'd pick to win in a fight. The mother of a 15-year-old and happily married to a software consultant, she is devoted to her family and to her job.
  • Jane Leeves has landed a series regular role on the comedy pilot written by and starring Erin Foster. She starred for eleven seasons in NBC's Frasier (which earned her an Emmy nomination) and six seasons in TV Land's Hot in Cleveland.
  • She will play Angela, Andi's (Foster) chic and confident mother and Roman's (Don Johnson) ex-wife.
  • Mark Webber, Shea Whigham and Alana Arenas have joined the cast of the drama pilot starring Walton Goggins and Brian J. Smith. Webber's film credits include Green Room and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Whigham starred for five seasons in HBO's Boardwalk Empire. Arenas appeared in an episode of Amazon's Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams.
  • Webber will play Detective Bud White, a noble savage in a detective suit. He went to the police academy with Exley (Smith) and has already made detective. Never one to hesitate to use brute force, he is particularly vicious with criminals who abuse women.
  • Whigham will play Detective Dick Stensland, a good cop at one time, now limping towards retirement. He is Bud's partner. A gruff guy who's seen it all, he has a mentor-mentee rapport with Bud. When he's asked if he can trust his young partner, he says that Bud is solid - but he plans on keeping him in the dark about things at the LAPD - for now.
  • Arenas will play June, an excellent reporter trying to do good in a bad world. Intelligent, perceptive, insightful and tough, she writes stories that expose bad things. While chasing exposés, she has developed a rapport with Jack (Goggins).
  • Christian Camargo is set as one of the male leads on the drama pilot starring Katie Holmes. He starred in the third and final season of Showtime's Penny Dreadful and previously recurred on Showtime's Dexter.
  • He will play Larry Otis, Hazel's (Holmes) husband, a TV reporter who is bitter, hurt and humiliated after Hazel's affair. He is a good father who wants the best for their daughters and will try to work things out after Hazel's indiscretion.
  • Joelle Carter and Evan Parke have been cast on the drama pilot starring Toby Kebbell, Jim Belushi and Catalina Sandino Moreno. Carter starred for six seasons in FX's Justified. Parke has recurred on NBC's The Blacklist and Netflix's The Get Down.
  • Carter will play Sunny Daniels, Duke's (Belushi) second wife who is also the town's mayor.
  • Parke will play Sheriff Ward, a good lawman, except for maybe being on the take to cover up Duke's crimes.
  • Taylor Dearden and Aubrey Peeples will star in the comedy pilot written by Carrie Brownstein. Dearden starred in MTV's short-lived drama Sweet/Vicious. Peeples appeared in three seasons of ABC's Nashville.
  • Dearden will play Karen Wolff, a nonconformist who secretly wishes to fit in and be accepted. Writing and playing music are her means of being present.
  • Peeples will play Charlotte, whose fierceness is motivated as much by injustice and inequality as it is by her desire to be impactful and do the right thing who has a unique singing style and confrontational lyrics.
  • Raúl Esparza will play the co-lead on the drama pilot starring Derek Luke. His casting comes a month following his exit from NBC's Law & Order: SVU, where he starred for six seasons. He has also recently had recurring roles on NBC's Hannibal, Netflix's BoJack Horseman and Hulu's The Path.
  • He will play Tom Canter, the guy everyone looks up to. Coming from a humble beginning, he instantly bonds with Danny (Luke) as the two realize their similar histories. After Danny accepts a handshake loan from Tom, he gets a visit from the FBI and learns that the decision is one he will regret for the rest of his life.
  • Scott Cohen will co-star on the drama pilot written by Elizabeth Craft, Sara Fain and Marcia Clark. He starred for three seasons in USA's Necessary Roughness and has recurred on the Showtime dramas Billions and I'm Dying Up Here.
  • He will play Ezra, an extremely confident defense lawyer who won the trail against Maya years ago and who sees his client facing charges once again. He is an arrogant pitbull with a thirst for battle.
  • Blake Anderson has booked a series regular role on the comedy pilot starring Kether Donohue and Brandon Mychal Smith. He starred for seven seasons in Comedy Central's Workaholics, which he co-created with Adam Devine and Anders Holm.
  • He will play Mason, a typical millennial who is completely self-assured with nothing backing it up other than a lifetime of his parents telling him he's great.
  • Christine Ko has joined the cast of the drama pilot starring Freddie Stroma and Joey King. She starred in CBS' short-lived comedy The Great Indoors and is currently recurring on CBS' Hawaii Five-0.
  • She will play Kai Chung, a hard-hitting prosecutor who is tough in court but likable outside it. She dated Zach (Stroma) for five years and now strikes up a friendship with Emmy (King) after his untimely death.
  • Vinny Chhibber is set as a series regular on the drama pilot starring Noah Wyle. He previously had a recurring role on The CW's No Tomorrow.
  • He will play Liam, the quick-witted, openly gay high school teacher whose matter-of-fact approach to emotional support is welcomed by both Daniel (Wyle) and his daughter, Jira (Aliyah Royale).
  • Rachel Skarsten and Isabella Russo have been cast on the drama pilot starring Ethan Peck and Jon Ecker. Skarsten starred for two seasons in The CW's Reign and had a significant recurring role on Syfy's Lost Girl. Russo was a member of the Broadway cast for School of Rock.
  • Skarsten will play Charlotte Dumaine, who runs the Dumaine empire in her mother's stead, intent on maintaining control over the magic users in New Orleans. When her mother returns, Charlotte falters in the presence of the real woman in charge.
  • Russo will play Marie JoJo, an innocent 12-year-old orphan girl who has no idea about the true reasoning for her adoption.
  • Zach Cherry has landed a series regular role on the comedy pilot starring Sarayu Blue and Paul Adelstein. He starred in Spider-Man Homecoming and can be heard in Showtime's Our Cartoon President.
  • He will play Norman, a lovable man-child and perhaps the most well adjusted of the guys who work in Emet's (Blue) office.