Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Development News - Justin Kirk Set as Male Lead in 'Under the Bridge'; Tisha Campbell Joins 'Geniuses'; Plus 10 More Updates!

Development News - March 12, 2019

ABC's New York Undercover, Stumptown, Until the Wedding & Untitled Leslie Odom Jr.; CBS' Under the Bridge; FOX's Filthy Rich, Geniuses, Next, Prodigal Son & Untitled Annie Weisman; and NBC's Bluff City Law & Perfect Harmony.

  • Otmara Marrero, Toby Sandeman, MC Lyte, Anna Enger and Octavio Pizano have been cast on the drama pilot reboot starring Malik Yoba and Luna Lauren Velez. Marrero has starred in all three seasons of Sony Crackle's StartUp. Sandeman previously recurred on E!'s The Royals and OWN's Love Is. Lyte has recurred on USA's Queen of the South and CBS' S.W.A.T. Enger has recurred on NBC's Chicago Med, Netflix's The Haunting of Hill House and The CW's Life Sentence. Pizano previously starred for two seasons in OWN's If Loving You Is Wrong.
  • Marrero will play Melissa Ortiz, a fiery young detective who blends well undercover.
  • Sandeman will play Nat Gilmore, a charismatic detective with an easy smile and a quick fuse.
  • Lyte will play Lt. April Freeman, a hard-driving boss with a genius IQ.
  • Enger will play Lisa Kim, an ambitious climber.
  • Pizano will play Moses Hernandez, an eager beaver with a hero complex.
  • Tisha Campbell will co-star on the comedy pilot starring Maggie Lawson and Jason Biggs. She previously starred for five seasons in FOX's Martin, five seasons in ABC's My Wife and Kids and two seasons in ABC's Dr. Ken.
  • She will play Rita, a mother of three and a casino pit boss who is Cay's (Lawson) closest friend at work.
  • David Denman and Olivia Macklin have joined the cast of the drama pilot starring Kim Cattrall and Gerald McRaney. Denman previously starred for three seasons in NBC's The Office and one season in Cinemax's Outcast. Macklin starred in FOX's one-season comedy LA to Vegas.
  • Denman will play Reverend Paul Luke Thomas, the beloved, popular, influential and ambitious minister at the Sunshine Network.
  • Macklin will play Beck Monroe, Eric's (Corey Cott) prim and snooty wife.
  • Justin Kirk is set as the male lead on the drama pilot starring Jennifer Morrison. He previously starred for eight seasons in Showtime's Weeds, one season in NBC's Animal Practice, one season in FX's Tyrant and one season in FOX's APB. He recently recurred on Showtime's Kidding.
  • He will play Michael, Caitlin's (Morrison) husband, a charming, affable and natural leader who loves the limelight and just happens to be one of the top cardiothoracic surgeons in the state. He is a real mover and shaker in the private practice he founded some years back with his and Caitlin's best friends, Dan (David Ajala), Charlie (Reggie Lee) and Ameni (Sarayu Blue). Always the class clown, he is learning that his irreverent and sometimes inappropriate behavior has landed him in hot water, and the hospital they are aligned with wants him booted out.
  • Camryn Manheim has booked a series regular role on the drama pilot starring Cobie Smulders. She previously starred for eight seasons in ABC's Practice (where she won an Emmy in 1998), four seasons in CBS' Ghost Whisperer, one season in CBS' Extant and one season in CBS' Living Biblically. She has also recurred on CBS' Person of Interest, TV Land's Younger, TNT's Major Crimes and Syfy's The Magicians.
  • She will play Lieutenant Roberta Volk, Hoffman's (Michael Ealy) superior officer on the Portland Police Department, who has a no-nonsense, big city vibe. Her path crosses with Dex (Smulders) when she supervises Hoffman's investigation into a kidnapping case.
  • Jayne Atkinson has landed a series regular role on the drama pilot starring Jimmy Smits and Caitlin McGee. She previously starred for two seasons in FOX's 24 and four seasons in Netflix's House of Cards. She has also received Tony Award nominations for The Rainmaker and Enchanted April.
  • She will play Della Bedford, a warm-hearted but incredibly shrewd and wise lawyer in Elijah's (Smits) firm.
  • Tom Payne has been tapped to replace Finn Jones in the lead role on the drama pilot starring Michael Sheen and Bellamy Young. The recast was made after the first table read for the pilot, with Payne ultimately seeming more right for the part. He previously starred for three seasons in AMC's The Walking Dead
  • He will play Malcolm Bright, who is intelligent but deeply damaged with a self-deprecating sense of humor and surprising levels of compassion. He uses his razor-sharp instincts as a forensic profiler to help the NYPD solve crimes and stop killers, but often angers his colleagues at the department. Meanwhile, he has to deal with his manipulative mother (Young) and an imprisoned father (Sheen) who wants to bond with him, along with an annoyingly normal sister.
  • Christian Coulson has scored a series regular role on the drama pilot starring Olivia Thirlby and E.J. Bonilla. He has previously recurred on CMT's Nashville and Amazon's Mozart in the Jungle.
  • He will play James, Will's (Michael Stahl-David) sexy international friend and an investor in Nick's (Trent Garrett) restaurant. 
  • Hailey Kilgore has been cast on the comedy pilot starring Leslie Odom Jr. and Kelly Jenrette. She receive a Tony Award nomination for her Broadway debut in the revival of Once On This Island. She next appears in a recurring role on NBC's The Village.
  • She will play Lisa, Omari's (Odom Jr.) biological daughter.
  • Mo McRae will co-star on the drama pilot starring Brittany Snow, Megalyn Echikunwoke and Emily Osment. He previously starred in FOX's one-season drama Pitch and next appears in the upcoming second season of HBO's Big Little Lies. He has also recurred on FX's Sons of Anarchy, TNT's Murder in the First and FOX's Empire.
  • He will play Tim, Edie's (Echikunwoke) husband and a fellow attorney.
  • Geno Segers and Rizwan Manji have joined the cast of the comedy pilot starring Bradley Whitford and Anna Camp. Segers has previously recurred on MTV's Teen Wolf and Cinemax's Banshee. Manji currently appears in major recurring roles in Syfy's The Magicians and Pop's Schitt's Creek.
  • Segers will play Shep Rollins. Rugged and strong, he is the youngest of six enormous brothers.
  • Manji will play Reverend Jax. He was not born in the United States but has a lifelong love affair with American pop culture.
  • Gerardo Celasco has booked a series regular role on drama pilot written by Manny Coto. He has previously recurred on OWN's The Haves and the Have Nots, FOX's Bones and ABC's How to Get Away With Murder.
  • He will play Ty Salazar, Shea's (Fernanda Andrade) loving husband who is a blue-collar tough guy.