Thursday, August 30, 2018

Casting News - Emmy Rossum Leaving Showtime's 'Shameless' After Nine Seasons; Plus 8 More Updates!

Casting News - August 30, 2018

ABC's The Fix & Fresh Off the Boat; Amazon's Bosch, The Boys & Sneaky Pete; Apple's Untitled Ronald D. Moore Drama; CBS' God Friended Me; Epix's Our Lady, LTD; and Showtime's Shameless

  • Malik Yoba has been cast in a recurring role on the upcoming drama starring Brandon Michael Hall and Joe Morton. He starred for one season in FOX's Empire and two seasons in Syfy's Alphas. He has recently recurred on ABC's Designated Survivor and TBS' The Last O.G.
  • He will play Terrence, Miles' (Hall) uncle.
  • Jaleel White will appear in an upcoming episode of the comedy's fifth season. He starred for nine seasons in ABC's Family Matters.
  • He will play Calvin, the sarcastic and under-appreciated general manager of a car dealership where Louis (Randall Park) buys an RV. Calvin does all the work but is forced to play second fiddle whenever his boss comes to visit.
  • Emmy Rossum is leaving the cast of the long-running dramedy during its upcoming ninth season, it was announced today. She has starred as Fiona Gallagher, the lead of the show, since the very first episode. Rossum first made the announcement in a Facebook post this morning. Showtime and showrunner John Wells soon confirmed her exit.
  • "Emmy Rossum" will forever be part of the Shameless family," said Wells. "She has been integral to the show's success, from her wonderful portrayal of Fiona to her leadership role on set, as well as directing multiple episodes of the series. We are hard at work now creating a season nine finale for Shameless which we hope will provide a Gallagher-worthy sendoff for Fiona that honors the great work Emmy has done. It is always bittersweet when an ensemble member decides to move out of the proverbial house, but our door will always remain open for Fiona to return home for a visit, or to move back in. I look forward to continuing the stories of this wildly unpredictable family and all of us on Shameless will miss Emmy and her wonderful Fiona."
  • Shantel VanSanten and Wrenn Schmidt will co-star on the upcoming drama starring Joel Kinnaman. Furthermore, Eric Ladin, Arturo Del Puerto and Rebecca Wisocky have been cast in recurring roles.
  • VanSanten (One Tree Hill, Shooter) will play Karen Baldwin, the wife of Edward Baldwin (Kinnaman). The two are a prominent NASA couple.
  • Schmidt (Outcast, The Looming Tower) will play Margo Madison, a NASA engineer.
  • Ladin (Six, The Killing) will play Gene Kranz, one of the heads of mission control.
  • Del Puerto (The Last Ship, Camping) will play Octavio Rosales, an immigrant looking for a better life for his family.
  • Wisocky (Devious Maids) will play Marge Slayton, the wife of the head of the astronaut program.
  • Jacqueline Obradors has booked a recurring role on the drama's upcoming fifth season. She previously starred for four seasons in ABC's NYPD Blue.
  • She will play Detective Christina Vega, who is fast learning and food at hiding her nerves. She has been brought up to work in homicide. She feels the promotion has been a long time coming and is determined to prove her worth as quickly as possible.
  • Jimmi Simpson will play the co-lead opposite Ben Kingsley on the upcoming drama created by Steve Conrad and Bruce Terris. He starred in two seasons of HBO's Westworld and in the first season of USA limited series Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.
  • He will play James, a disgraced firefighter who seizes a chance, illicit opportunity to reverse his life's worsening course. When his plan veers dangerously off track, he must call on strength and fortitude he did not know he possessed in order to survive it all.
  • Robert Wisdom has landed a recurring role on the upcoming drama starring Robin Tunney. He starred in the TNT limited series The Alienist. He has also recurred on HBO's Ballers and Netflix's Flaked.
  • He will play Buck Neal, an investigator who works closely with Ezra Wolf (Scott Cohen).
  • Efrat Dor is set for a recurring role on the drama's upcoming third season. She starred in the film The Zookeeper's Wife and recurred on Netflix's Greenhouse Academy.
  • She will play Lizzie, an amoral con woman with boundless skill and no moral conscience. She's not mean spirited. She's more of a nihilist. Life has no meaning, so do what you want, and live for the thrill of today.
  • Jennifer Esposito has been cast in a recurring role on the upcoming drama starring Karl Urban and Elisabeth Shue. She starred for two seasons in ABC's Spin City, two seasons in ABC's Samantha Who?, three seasons in CBS' Blue Bloods, one season in ABC's Mistresses and one season in CBS' NCIS.
  • She will play Susan Raynor, a CIA Agent.