Monday, October 12, 2020

Casting News - Joshua Jackson Replaces Jamie Dorman in Lead Role on Peacock's 'Dr. Death'; Plus 2 More Updates!

Casting News - October 12, 2020

CBS' B Positive; NBC's Manifest; and Peacock's Dr. Death.

  • Joshua Jackson has been tapped to replace Jamie Dornan in the lead role on the upcoming drama also starring Alec Baldwin and Christian Slater. Dorman had to drop out when production was delayed by the novel coronavirus pandemic, with filming set to begin later this fall. Jackson previously starred for six seasons in The WB's Dawson's Creek, five seasons in FOX's Fringe, four seasons in Showtime's The Affair and in the Hulu limited series Little Fires Everywhere.
  • He will play Dr. Christopher Duntsch, a rising star in the Dallas medical community who was building a flourishing neurosurgery practice - until patients who came in for complex but routine spinal surgeries either died or were left permanently maimed. As the victim count rose, two other doctors, neurosurgeon Robert Henderson (Baldwin) and vascular surgeon Randall Kirby (Slater) set out to stop him.
  • Warner Miller has been cast in a recurring role on the drama's upcoming third season. He previously recurred on HBO's Boardwalk Empire and Netflix's Luke Cage.
  • He will play Tarik, Grace's (Athena Karkanis) estranged stepbrother who reluctantly agrees to help the Stone family when they have nowhere else to turn.
  • Izzy G is set as a series regular on the upcoming comedy starring Thomas Middleditch and Annaleigh Ashford. Moreover, Linda Lavin, Briga Heelan, Darryl Stephens, Bernie Kopell, David Anthony Higgins and Darien Sills-Evans have booked recurring roles.
  • Izzy G (AJ and the Queen) will play Maddie, Drew (Middleditch) and Julia's (Sara Rue). Wise beyond her years, she acts as a parent to her divorced parents. The role was previously set to be played by Maggie Elizabeth Jones.
  • Lavin (Alice, Broadway Bound) will play Norma, one of the senior citizens at the local retirement home where Gina (Ashford) works. She's adopted Gina as a surrogate granddaughter. She's very smart and witty, and resents being cooped up in the retirement facility. She's led a big life. After her husband passed away, she found the courage to come out as a gay woman. It wasn't accepted when she was growing up and she was forced to live a lie all those years, causing her much unhappiness. Only now does she feel she's "free."
  • Heelan (Ground Floor, Great News) will play Samantha, an uptight, intense millennial who does not suffer fools. She is angry about her illness and often takes it out on those around her. She is trying not to let dialysis get in the way of her climbing the corporate ladder. She even keeps her illness a secret at work for fear of being perceived as weak - even resorting to lying that her mother is going through chemo and that's why she's late three times a week.
  • Stephens (Noah's Arc) will play Gideon, a very empathetic nurse who works at the dialysis center. He really cares about the people he gives treatment to, often getting involved in their personal lives. He started off as a wannabe actor, which explains his flair for the dramatic. But after years of rejection and not being able to cover the rent, he went back to school and became a nurse. He claims he's over his dream of being an actor but still slips into New York for the occasional audition.
  • Kopell (The Love Boat) will play Mr. Knudsen, one of the senior citizens at the retirement home where Gina works.
  • Higgins (Ellen, Mike & Molly) will play Jerry, a dentist who has been in dialysis for over a year, convinced he'll never find a donor. He always sees the glass half-full.
  • Sills-Evans (Superior Donuts) will play Benny, an associate philosophy professor at Fordham. He is a mix of emotions - excited, nervous and angry - about finding himself single again.