Thursday, October 20, 2022

Casting News - William H. Macy Becomes Latest 'Shameless' Alum to Visit 'The Conners'; Plus 6 More Updates!

Casting News - October 20, 2022

ABC's The Conners; Amazon's Harlem; BET+'s Average Joe; Disney+'s Goosebumps; HBO Max's Dune: The Sisterhood; Netflix's Dead to Me; and Starz's Power Book III: Raising Kanan.

  • Rachel True, Courtnee Carter, Luke Forbes, Rick Fox, Sherri Shepherd, Countess Vaughn and Lil Rel Howery have been cast in recurring roles on the comedy's upcoming second season. True previously starred for four seasons in UPN's Half & Half. Carter guest starred on FX's Pose, NBC's Law & Order: SVU and The CW's Charmed. Forbes guest starred on CBS' S.W.A.T. and NBC's This Is Us. Fox starred in the third season of OWN's Greenleaf. Shepherd currently hosts the daytime talk show Sherri. Vaughn starred for four seasons in UPN's Moesha and five seasons in its spinoff The Parkers. Howery starred for three seasons in NBC's The Carmichael Show.
  • True will play Aimee, an earthy, ethereal owner of a plant shop in Harlem. She and Tye (Jerrie Johnson) strike up an unlikely friendship.
  • Carter will play Zoe, a confident player who has a reputation for leaving a trail of broken hearts.
  • Forbes will play Michael, a handsome and professional real estate agent with whom Patricia (Jasmine Guy) tries to blindly set Quinn (Grace Byers) up.
  • Fox will play Phil, Quinn's doting father, an affluent man who is delighted when his daughter joins him for a game of golf on his birthday.
  • Shepherd will play Sonya, Angie's (Shoniqua Shandai) boisterous, loving mother. She is Angie's biggest fan and cheerleader.
  • Vaughn will play herself, who appears in a vision when Angie replaces her in a Hallmark Christmas movie.
  • Howery will play Freddie, Angie's step-brother, a high-spirited, supportive guy who is delighted to see Angie.
  • Tammy Townsend, Malcolm Barrett, Cynthia Kaye McWilliams, Michael Trucco, Ashley Olivia Fisher and Pasha Lychnikoff will co-star on the upcoming comedy starring Deon Cole. Townsend currently stars in OWN's Queen Sugar, which is now airing its seventh and final season. Barrett starred for two seasons in NBC's Timeless and in the National Geographic limited series Genius: Aretha. McWilliams starred in the AppleTV+ limited series The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. Trucco is currently recurring on CBS' Fire Country. Fisher starred in the 2019 film The System. Lychnikoff recurred on Showtime's Shameless, USA's Queen of the South and Netflix's Stranger Things.
  • Townsend will play Angela Washington, Joe's (Cole) loving wife who suffers from a painful illness. She works shifts as a waitress to help provide for her family. She recognizes how hard Joe works for her and their daughter, Jennifer, and sees him as a true blue-collar guy until he comes home with dead bodies in his truck.
  • Barrett will play Leon Montgomery, a somewhat hapless hardware store owner. One of Joe's best friends, he is married to Cathy, who never gives him a moment of peace. Leon comes to Joe's rescue when he visits Teddy's office and finds that Joe was attacked by two Russian mobsters, including Jennifer's boyfriend, Dimitri. He offers to help Joe dispose of the bodies, but fumbles when he takes home one of the Russian men's cellphones, leading the friend group into a world of trouble that no one is prepared for.
  • McWilliams will play Cathy Montgomery, Leon's ball-busting wife. She appears to have a strong dislike for her husband and is planning on divorcing him. She is known for being obsessed with crime shows. Her obsession proves helpful when she saves Leon's life after a Russian mobster tracks one of the deceased mobster's phones to their home and attempts to kill Leon.
  • Trucco will play Benjamin "Touch" Tuchawuski, Joe's long-time best friend. He's a police officer with a vice for painkillers and heroin to help him get through his days. When he finds out that Joe and Leon are in trouble with the Russian mob, he decides to get his hands dirty instead of following protocol. He doesn't lend a helping hand without requesting a piece of the multimillion-dollar Russian mob money and Teddy's coveted Steelers ticket.
  • Fisher will play Jennifer Washington, Angela and Leon's 18-year-old daughter. She has a bright future ahead of her. Recently, she was accepted into Carnegie Mellon and is dating an appealingly innocent Russian boy, Dimitri.
  • Lychnikoff will play Nicolai Dzhugashvili, a ruthless Russian mob boss and Dimitri's father. He will stop at no end to find his son and the money that Teddy stole from him before his unlikely demise.
  • Garret Dillahunt has booked a major recurring role on the comedy's upcoming third and final season. He currently stars in Freevee's Sprung, which is awaiting word on its future. He previously starred for four seasons in FOX's Raising Hope, three seasons in Hulu's The Mindy Project, two seasons in Amazon's Hand of God and three seasons in AMC's Fear the Walking Dead.
  • He will play Agent Glenn Moranis, a top-notch detective who's basically the MVP of the FBI. You better believe that if anyone's gonna get to the bottom of Steve's (James Marsden) murder, it's Agent Glenn Moranis.
  • William H. Macy will appear in an upcoming episode of the comedy's fifth season. He previously starred for eleven seasons in Showtime's Shameless, receiving six Emmy nominations for his performance. He also received an Academy Award nomination in 1996 for his supporting performance in the film Fargo.
  • He will play Smitty, one of Dan's (John Goodman) best friends from high school who pays a visit to Lanford. 
  • Rachael Harris has joined the cast of the upcoming drama starring Justin Long. She previously starred for six seasons in FOX/Netflix's Lucifer. She also recurred on Comedy Central's Reno 911!, FOX's New Girl and USA's Suits.
  • She will play Nora, Jeff's (Will Price) mother and an unassuming waitress at a local cafe that dabbles in sorcery.
  • Sarah-Sofie Boussnina, Shalom Brune-Franklin, Faoileann Cunningham, Aoife Hinds and Chloe Lea are set as series regulars on the upcoming drama starring Emily Watson, Shirley Henderson and Indira Varma. Boussnina previously starred in the German-Swiss film Tides. Brune-Franklin stars in HBO Max/BBC One's The Tourist, which has been renewed for a second season. Cunningham appeared in the 2022 film The Northman. Hinds recurred on the Hulu/BBC Three limited series Normal People. Lea recurred on AppleTV+'s Foundation.
  • Boussnina will play Princess Ynez, an independent young princess dealing with the pressures of her responsibility as heir to the Golden Lion Throne.
  • Brune-Franklin will play Mikaela, a strong-willed Fremen woman who serves the royal family while longing for a home planet she's never known.
  • Cunningham will play Sister Jen, a fierce, unpredictable acolyte in training at the Sisterhood School who rarely reveals her emotional core.
  • Hinds will play Sister Emeline, a zealous acolyte descended from a long line of martyrs, who carries fervent religion to her training at the Sisterhood.
  • Lea will play Lila, the youngest acolyte at the Sisterhood School with a deep empathy beyond her years.
  • Tony Danza has landed a recurring role on the drama's upcoming third season. He previously starred for five seasons in ABC/NBC's Taxi and eight seasons in ABC's Who's the Boss?. Earlier this week, he was cast in the upcoming second season of HBO Max's And Just Like That
  • He will play Stefano Marchetti, the godfather of New York City's mafia scene and the most powerful man in town. Anyone wanting to do business in NYC needs to come to see him first or expect to pay the price.