Monday, March 2, 2020

Development News - Jason Isaacs Set as Male Lead in 'Good Sam'; Ashley Zukerman to Star in 'Langdon'; Plus 8 More Updates!

Development News - March 2, 2020

ABC's The Brides, My Village & Thirtysomething(else); CBS' B Positive & Good Sam; The CW's The Lost Boys & The Republic of Sarah; and NBC's Echo, Langdon & Night School.

  • Ian Gomez, Collette Wolfe, James Earl and Joe Massingill will co-star on the comedy pilot starring Shanola Hampton. Gomez starred for six seasons in ABC/TBS' Cougar Town. Wolfe has recurred on FXX's You're the Worst and NBC's AP Bio. Earl starred for two seasons in TBS' Ground Floor and one season in FOX's Scream Queens. Massingill has recurred on HBO's Barry and AMC's Fear the Walking Dead.
  • Gomez will play Luis Flores, a somewhat cynical guy with a chip on his shoulder.
  • Wolfe will play Theresa Perkins, a sweet and timid mother of three.
  • Earl will play Jaylen Watkins, a very cool and confident guy who reads a lot on the Internet.
  • Massingill will play Mackenzie "Mack" Todd, who is kind-hearted and perpetually positive.
  • Rochelle Aytes will play the female lead on the drama pilot written by Heather Mitchell and Rob Thomas. She previously starred for four seasons in ABC's Mistresses. She has recently recurred on CBS' Hawaii Five-0 and USA's The Purge.
  • She will play Jackie, the single mother of Garrett (Branden Cook) and Levi, who has just moved back to the North Carolina seaside town she abandoned more than 20 years ago. Now she's returning to take over her dad's bed and breakfast, and perhaps, rekindle an old high school flame.
  • Kendrick Sampson has been cast as a series regular on the sequel pilot to ABC's thirtysomething. He currently stars in the upcoming fourth season of HBO's Insecure. He has previously recurred on ABC's How to Get Away With Murder and The CW's The Vampire Diaries.
  • He will play Brad, Janey Steadman's (Odette Annable) boyfriend. Formidable and handsome, he is a man of high ideals. As a young activist, he single-handedly formed a renters' rights group in Philadelphia that has grown into a large non-profit that promotes affordable housing and helps the homeless. He is often obliged by his responsibilities to be more of a conciliator than he would like, and sometimes Janey's volatility is a challenge for him. But they are very much in love, and both are coming to face whatever fears of commitment they harbor.
  • Jason Isaacs is set as the male lead on the drama pilot starring Sophia Bush. He previously starred for two seasons in Netflix's The OA and in the first season of CBS All Access' Star Trek: Discovery.
  • He will play Dr. Paul "Griff" Griffith, the brilliant, arrogant and unrivaled Chief of Cardiothoracic surgery. A wizard with a scalpel, he's notoriously hard on his residents - none more than his equally gifted daughter, Sam (Bush). But when he suddenly awakens from a months-long coma, he learns that Sam has become the new Chief of Surgery. The only way to resume his job is as her subordinate, an arrangement which for him proves harder than heart surgery.
  • Ashley Zukerman will star in the title role on the drama pilot written by Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie. He previously starred for two seasons in WGN America's Manhattan. He has also recurred on ABC's Designated Survivor and HBO's Succession. He next stars in the upcoming FX on Hulu limited series A Teacher.
  • He will play Robert Langdon, a famed Harvard symbologist, who must solve a series of deadly puzzles to save his kidnapped mentor and thwart a chilling global conspiracy.
  • Gina Torres has scored the lead role on the drama pilot written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. She previously starred for seven seasons in USA's Suits as well as its one-season spinoff Pearson. She has also recurred on NBC's Hannibal, ABC's The Catch and HBO's Westworld.
  • She will play Cleo Phillips, one of the three Brides of Dracula as well as the leader of the vampire trio. She is an imperious woman with a queenly manner - understandably, as she was a queen in her former life, who was turned by Dracula after the death of her husband. Now a maven of New York City real estate, she is challenged professionally by a mysterious newcomer - even as her ties to her sisters are dangerously fraying.
  • Kether Donohue and Sara Rue have booked series regular roles on the comedy pilot starring Annaleigh Ashford. Donohue previously starred for five seasons in FXX's You're the Worst and appeared in FOX's Grease Live!. Rue has previously recurred on CBS' Mom, Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events and ABC's American Housewife.
  • Donohue will play Leanne, a party girl who can still keep up with the 20-somethings but now pays for it the next day. She doesn't sweat the small stuff, lives for today and really just looks to have a good time. Her jobs consist of assistant manager at a retail clothing store, jewelry designer and bartender.
  • Rue will play Julia, a local real estate agent who believes she deserves to live in the fabulous homes she tries to sell. Ambitious and a social climber, she tried to tolerate her ex-husband Drew's idiosyncrasies, but she eventually acted out in the form of an affair.
  • Kyra Sedgwick will topline the comedy pilot written by Kari Lizer. She previously starred for seven seasons in TNT's The Closer, where she won an Emmy Award for her lead performance. She also starred in the ABC limited series Ten Days in the Valley and has recurred on FOX/NBC's Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
  • She will play Jean Raines, an earthy, unfiltered and emotional empty-nester mom. Born and raised in Iowa, she is practical and can't be bothered with sugar coating. Very comfortable in her own skins, she is not a natural fit in the Los Angeles culture of anti-aging remedies and butt implants. She is a person that people confide in, except sometimes her own children. She is a fierce defender of her family and will stop at nothing to protect her connection to them. The sudden loss of her husband has left her a tad neurotic when it comes to worrying about the well-being of the people she loves.
  • Reid Scott has landed the male lead on the drama pilot starring Janina Gavankar. He previously starred for seven seasons in HBO's Veep and in the first season of CBS All Access' Why Women Kill.
  • He will play David, an FBI agent who volunteers for the most dangerous undercover assignments.
  • Luke Mitchell has been cast as the male lead on the drama pilot starring Stella Baker. He previously starred for two seasons in ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., two seasons in NBC's Blindspot and one season in CBS' The Code.
  • He will play Danny, Sarah's (Baker) brother. After enduring a difficult childhood at the hands of his mother, he returns to his hometown as the harbinger of its demise. A brilliant young lawyer representing the mining company that wishes to destroy Greylock, he must confront his own deep emotional scars as his trip home brings him face to face with the ghosts of his past.