Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Casting News - Julianna Margulies Books Role on 'The Morning Show'; Helen Hunt Joins 'Blindspotting'; Plus 3 More Updates!

Casting News - December 2, 2020

ABC's The Rookie; AppleTV+'s The Morning Show; Epix's Bridge and Tunnel; Netflix's The Upshaws; and Starz's Blindspotting.

  • Helen Hunt will co-star on the upcoming drama starring Jasmine Cephas Jones. She won four Emmy Awards for her lead performance in Mad About You, which ran for seven seasons on NBC and produced a revival season on Spectrum last year. She also won an Academy Award in 1997 for her lead performance in the film As Good as It Gets.
  • She will play Rainey, Miles' (recurring guest star Rafael Casal) mother.
  • Gabrielle Dennis, Page Kennedy, Diamond Lyons, Khali Daniya-Renee Spraggins, Jermelle Simon and Journey Christine have joined the cast of the upcoming comedy starring Mike Epps, Kim Fields and Wanda Sykes. Dennis starred for two seasons in FOX's Rosewood, one season in Netflix's Luke Cage and one season in HBO's A Black Lady Sketch Show. Kennedy recently starred in CBS' one-season drama Rush Hour. Lyons, Spraggins, Simon and Christine are relative newcomers.
  • Dennis will play Tasha Lewis, the "say what she feels" neighborhood hairstylist and around-the-way girl. She had a baby with Bennie (Epps) while he was on a break. She's a good mother and wants Bennie to step up and be a better dad to their son, Kelvin.
  • Kennedy will play Duck, Bennie's childhood friend and biggest cheerleader. He served a 7-year stint in prison after being involved in a heist gone bad - where Bennie got away. Now fresh out of prison, he works with a grateful Bennie in his garage and loves the Upshaw family, and now thanks to prison, the Lord.
  • Lyons will play Kelvin, Bennie's 13-year-old son. A bit of a troublemaker and schemer like his dad, he struggles to find a place in the Upshaw family.
  • Spraggins will play Aaliyah Upshaw, the smart, precocious middle child in the family. She wants nothing more than to grow up, leave Indianapolis and not be like her parents.
  • Simon will play Bernard, the stiff and stuffy oldest son of the family. He was conceived while his parents were still in high school. Though he has a loving relationship with his mother Regina (Fields) and his Aunt Lucretia (Sykes), he carries a bit of tension towards Bennie, who wasn't there for him much growing up. He works as a UPS driver.
  • Christine will play Maya, the 6-year-old baby of the family. She's the apple of everyone's eye and knows it.
  • Julianna Margulies has booked a recurring role on the drama's upcoming second season. She is a three-time Emmy Award winner for NBC's ER and CBS' The Good Wife. She recently starred in the first season of National Geographic's The Hot Zone and recurred on Showtime's Billions.
  • She will play Laura Peterson, an anchor at UBA News.
  • Barrett Wilbert Weed has landed a recurring role on the upcoming drama created by Edward Burns. She originated the role of Janis Sarkisian in the Broadway musical Mean Girls. She previously played Veronica Sawyer in the Off-Broadway production of Heathers: The Musical.
  • She will play Lizzie, the artsy, sarcastic older sister of Pags (Brian Muller), who dreams of rock stardom for her all-girl punk band, Wildfire.
  • Brandon Routh is set for a recurring role on the drama's upcoming third season. He is coming off of a five-season starring role in The CW's Legends of Tomorrow - which also included guest appearances on Arrow, Supergirl, The Flash and Batwoman.
  • He will play Doug Stanton, an 11-year veteran of the LAPD, whose views prove to be polarizing at the Mid-Wilshire station.