Monday, March 9, 2020

Development News - Goran Visnjic to Play Dracula in 'The Brides'; Mark Moses Set as President in 'Maverick'; Plus 6 More Updates!

Development News - March 9, 2020

ABC's The Brides & Kids Matter Now; The CW's Kung Fu & Maverick; FOX's The Cleaning Lady; and NBC's At That Age, La Brea Untitled Phil Augusta Jackson.

  • Goran Visnjic will play the male lead on the drama pilot starring Gina Torres and Katherine Reis. He previously starred for nine seasons in NBC's ER and two seasons in NBC's Timeless. He has also recurred on Hulu's Dollface and Netflix's Santa Clarita Diet.
  • He will play Count Dracula, the powerless, ageless and iconic King of Night who "turned" each of his three brides - Cleo (Torres), Renée and Lily (Reis). He was left for dead at his destroyed castle in the Carpathian mountains while his three wives flee to start a new life together.
  • Vincent Piazza has been cast as a series regular on the drama pilot starring Shannyn Sossamon. He previously starred for five seasons in HBO's Boardwalk Empire and one season in FOX's The Passage.
  • He will play Gavin Ross, a recently promoted analyst. The FBI Special Agent is intelligent, compassionate and astute, always looking for new angles to see beyond the obvious and look below the surface. It's here that he encounters Reyna (Sossamon) - and finds new purpose after a tragic personal loss.
  • KIDS MATTER NOW (Comedy, Multi-Camera) - Written and executive produced by Shana Goldberg-Meehan (Better With You). Directed by Christine Gernon (Speechless). Produced by 20th Century Fox Television and CBS Television Studios. Logline: A diva boss with no patience for working parents adopts a baby and has a change of heart, casting her mother-of-three assistant as an unlikely mentor and upending the office dynamics.
  • Nicole Byer and Aaron Jennings will co-star on the comedy pilot written by Phil Augusta Jackson. Byer hosts Netflix's Nailed It!, which returns for its fourth season in April. Jennings starred in CBS' one-season drama Pure Genius.
  • Byer will play Nicky.
  • Jennings will play Anthony Holmes, who's happy with his career and has a strong work commitment.
  • Mark Moses and Pete Ploszek have joined the cast of the drama pilot starring Reina Hardesty. Moses currently stars in FOX's Deputy, which is awaiting word on its future. Ploszek starred in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film franchise.
  • Moses will play Charles Price, Kit's (Hardesty) father and the President of the United States, who has a devoted following and a soft spot for his daughter. He commands the country with dignity and charm, but his plans for keeping his citizens safe are more nefarious than they seem.
  • Ploszek will play Sebastian, Kit's easygoing and intelligent older half-brother. He is Kit's rock after the death of her mother and her most trusted confidante. As a member of his father's administration, he may know more about his father's dark goals than he lets on.
  • Gavin Stenhouse and Gwendoline Yeo have booked series regular roles on the drama pilot starring Olivia Liang. Stenhouse starred in NBC's one-season drama Allegiance and has recurred on FOX's 9-1-1. Yeo has previously recurred on ABC's American Crime.
  • Stenhouse will play Evan Hartley, a highly successful Assistant District Attorney who still has a soft spot for his first love, Nicky (Liang), when she returns home.
  • Yeo will play Zhilan, a cryptic woman with deep criminal ties and a mysterious connection to the Shaolin monastery where Nicky trained in Kung Fu. Her quest for power led her to murder Nicky's mentor, proving that she will be a determined and dangerous foe.
  • Christian Keyes has landed a series regular role on the drama pilot written by Carla Banks-Waddles. He previously starred in BET's one-season drama In Contempt. He has also recurred on The CW's Supernatural and Legends of Tomorrow.
  • He will play Jabari Patterson, Samantha's younger brother.
  • Rita Angel Taylor has scored a series regular role on the drama pilot starring Michael Raymond-James, Natalie Zea and Jon Seda. She previously starred in the web series Sunnyside Up and has recurred on TV Land's Teachers.
  • She will play Lilly Castillo, Veronica's much younger sister and Aaron's other daughter.