Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Casting News - Merle Dandridge and Jason O'Mara Join 'Truth Be Told'; 'Archive 81' Adds Martin Donovan and Matt McGorry; & More!

Casting News - November 17, 2020

ABC's The Conners; AppleTV+'s Truth Be Told; The CW's Charmed; HBO's In Treatment; and Netflix's Archive 81.

  • Alexandra Billings has been cast in a recurring role on the comedy's third season. She appeared in a major recurring role on all four seasons of Amazon's Transparent and its musical series finale. She has also recurred on Amazon's Goliath and Disney+'s Diary of a Future President.
  • She will play Robin, a transgender woman who lives in Lanford and works as a supervisor in the local factory. No-nonsense but fair, she is a friend and mentor to Darlene (Sara Gilbert).
  • J.J. Hawkins has booked a recurring role on the drama's upcoming third season. He has previously recurred on CBS' The Red Line. He has also guest starred on CBS' All Rise and Criminal Minds.
  • He will play Kevin, a transgender male college student who inspires one of the Charmed Ones to take on a very formidable opponent. 
  • Liza Colón-Zayas, John Benjamin Hickey and Quintessa Swindell have joined the cast of the upcoming drama reboot starring Uzo Aduba. Colón-Zayas has previously recurred on DC Universe's Titans and OWN's David Makes Man. Hickey starred for four seasons in Showtime's The Big C and two seasons in WGN America's Manhattan. Swindell starred for two seasons in Netflix's Trinkets.
  • Colón-Zayas will play Rita, Brooke's (Aduba) longtime confidant and friend who supports Brooke as she contends with her own demons after a life-altering loss.
  • Hickey will play Colin, a charming millionaire beach bum turned white-collar criminal reckoning with all the ways his life has changed following his recent release from prison.
  • Swindell will play Laila, Brooke's distrustful, rebellious teenage client, struggling to carve out her own identity separate from her family's overbearing expectations.
  • Martin Donovan, Matt McGorry, Julia Chan, Evan Jonigkeit and Ariana Neal will co-star on the upcoming drama starring Mamoudou Athie and Dina Shihabi. Donovan has recently recurred on HBO's Big Little Lies and The CW's Nancy Drew. McGorry starred for six seasons in ABC's How to Get Away With Murder. Chan starred in The CW's one-season drama Katy Keene. Jonigkeit starred for two seasons in Netflix's Frontier and two seasons in Starz's Sweetbitter. Neal appeared in the 2016 feature film Hidden Figures.
  • Donovan will play Virgil, a secretive billionaire who recruits Dan (Athie) for a mysterious restoration project. He presents himself as forthright, friendly and plain-spoken - but he's clearly hiding a darker agenda.
  • McGorry will play Mark, Dan's best friend, an eccentric trust-fund kid obsessed with his Mystery Signals podcast. Outgoing, larger than life, self-absorbed yet kind, he encourages Dan to take the job that will give him an exclusive story for his podcast. But when their investigation gets them in over their heads, Mark steps up and shows his true loyalty.
  • Chan will play Anabelle, a struggling artist and party girl who burns hot and bright. Loud, outrageous and adventurous, she's Melody's (Shihabi) best friend and fiercest protector - even if that sometimes runs counter to what Melody wants.
  • Jonigkeit will play Samuel, a charming, enigmatic professor who cultivates a friendship with Melody - but his strange influence over the other residents in the building soon leads her to question his motives.
  • Neal will play Jess, a smart, independent, entrepreneurial ninth grader who strikes up a friendship with Melody. Stricken with a mysterious ailment, she asks Melody for help - a request that ultimately puts them both in danger.
  • Merle Dandridge, Jason O'Mara, Alona Tal, David Lyons, Christopher Backus, Cranston Johnson, Hale Appleman, Anthony Lee Medina and Mychala Lee have been added to the cast of the drama's upcoming second season. Dandridge starred for five seasons in OWN's Greenleaf. O'Mara starred for two seasons in Amazon's The Man in the High Castle. Tal has recurred on CBS' SEAL Team. Lyons starred in the Netflix limited series Seven Seconds. Backus starred in Cinemax's one-season drama Jett. Johnson has recurred on Starz's P-Valley and FOX's Filthy Rich. Appleman starred for five seasons in Syfy's The Magicians. Medina starred in the Netflix limited series The I-Land. Lee appears in the upcoming films Camp and The Inheritance.
  • Dandridge will play Zarina Killebrew, Markus' (Mekhi Phifer) ex-wife and the mother of his only daughter.
  • O'Mara will play Joshua, a successful documentarian and Micah's (Kate Hudson) husband.
  • Tal will play Ivy, Micah's right hand woman.
  • Lyons will play Detective Aames, a San Francisco police inspector.
  • Backus will play Holt Redding, a mysterious man linked to both Poppy (Octavia Spencer) and Micah.
  • Johnson will play Moss, a member of a Louisiana motorcycle club and keeper of many Scoville family secrets.
  • Appleman will play Lachlan, the slick head of business operations behind Micah's empire.
  • Medina will play Ramon, Micah's personal assistant.
  • Lee will play Trini Killebrew, Markus' daughter.