Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Casting News - Kelsey Grammer Reunites with Patricia Heaton for 'Carol's Second Act' Finale; Plus 3 More Updates!

Casting News - February 25, 2020

CBS' All Rise & Carol's Second Act; Starz's Power Book III: Raising Kanan; and USA's Evel.

  • Sarah Gadon will play the female lead on the upcoming limited series starring Milo Ventimiglia. She previously starred in the Netflix limited series Alias Grace and the third season of HBO's True Detective. She recently recurred on the second season of Hulu's Castle Rock.
  • She will play Linda, Evel Knievel's (Ventimiglia) wife. Smart and cheeky, she knows her marriage isn't perfect but she remains loving and supportive as her husband's career takes off and fame engulfs their family.
  • Kelsey Grammer will guest star in the comedy's first season finale with the potential to recur should CBS renew it for a second season. His casting reunites him with Patricia Heaton after they starred in FOX's one-season comedy Back to You. He is a six-time Emmy Award winner for NBC's Frasier, FOX's The Simpsons and Netflix's Trollhunters. He also won a Tony Award for producing the musical revival of The Color Purple.
  • He will play Richard, a formidable force who shocks Carol (Heaton) and the rest of the doctors at Loyola Memorial Hospital with a revelation that will affect all of them.
  • Mekai Curtis is set as the young lead on the upcoming drama starring Patina Miller and Omar Epps. He previously starred for three seasons in Disney XD's Kirby Buckets and two seasons in Disney XD's Milo Murphy's Law.
  • He will play the young Kanan Stark, who was played as an adult on the original series by executive producer Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson. Smart, driven and still naive, Kanan's world revolves around his mother, Raq (Miller), who raised him by herself. She is his everything. At the same time, he is beginning to get a sense of not only the world around him but his place in said world. He wants to be just like his mother - and that's the problem. He's young and wide-eyed and doesn't know how the hustle works. And even more important, his mother is not nearly as keen as he is for him to follow in her footsteps. Theirs is a complicated relationship that only gets more problematic as time goes on.
  • Ryan Michelle Bathe has booked a recurring role on the drama's first season. She currently stars in BET+'s First Wives Club, which has been renewed for a second season. She previously recurred on NBC's This Is Us and FOX's Empire.
  • She will play Rachel Audubon, a brilliant and fearless high-profile, take-no-prisoners litigation attorney whose charm is her superpower. She is that rare trial lawyer who can practice both civil and criminal litigations. Pivoting effortlessly between the two and often called in to be a chief legal correspondent for news cycles. Her sweet steeliness can be polite and charming, but not so polite that it interferes in getting the job done. She has known Lola (Simone Missick) since undergrad at Howard University and got to know Mark (Wilson Bethel) at UCLA where he, Lola and Rachel became a trio during their law school days.