Thursday, May 9, 2024

Casting News - Melissa Roxburgh to Lead 'The Hunting Party'; Ego Nwodim Boards 'Mr. Throwback'; Plus 3 More Updates!

Casting News - May 9, 2024

The CW's All American; NBC's The Hunting Party; Netflix's Untitled Leanne Morgan Comedy; Paramount+'s Happy Face; and Peacock's Mr. Throwback.

  • Melissa Roxburgh will star in the upcoming drama created by JJ Bailey and Jake Coburn. She previously starred for four seasons in NBC/Netflix's Manifest. She recently guest starred on CBS' Tracker.
  • She will play Rebecca "Bex" Henderson. Shrewd, steadfast and obsessively curious, she is an ex-FBI agent recruited to an elite government task force due to her reputation as a savvy profiler who's caught some of the world's most dangerous serial killers.
  • Kristen Johnston has been cast as a series regular on the upcoming comedy starring Leanne Morgan. She previously starred for six seasons in NBC's 3rd Rock from the Sun, four seasons in TV Land's The Exes and three seasons in CBS' Mom
  • She will play Carol, Leanne's (Morgan) sister, a two-time divorcee with no kids who would rather hang out at a bar than attend church. Despite their differences, Carol is fiercely loyal to her sister and is her ride-or-die.
  • Taye Diggs will reprise his role as Billy Baker in an upcoming episode of the drama's sixth season - airing on May 20, which will segue into the series' 100th episode on May 27. He starred in the drama's first five seasons - leaving the cast in "Time," the drama's eleventh episode of its fifth season.
  • No details were immediately announced about how Billy will appear given the character was killed off in his final appearance.
  • Damon Gupton and Momona Tamada have landed recurring roles on the upcoming drama starring Annaleigh Ashford and Dennis Quaid. Gupton currently stars in AppleTV+'s The Big Door Prize, which is now airing its second season. Tamada starred for two seasons in Netflix's The Baby-Sitters Club and recently recurred on Netflix's Avatar: The Last Airbender.
  • Gupton will play Elijah, who was convicted of murder in 1995, when he was in his early 20s, and he's been on death row in Texas ever since. He has always maintained his innocence, but it's not until the Happy Face Killer (Quaid) gets involved in his case that the world begins to listen. two months out from his execution, Elijah must grapple with a feeling he let go of a long time ago: hope.
  • Tamada will play Eva, Hazel's (Khiyla Aynne) childhood best friend, who has drifted away from Hazel and into the cool girl clique. But Eva is a true crime aficionado, and when she learns that her old friend has a link to the Happy Face Killer, she and the rest of the cool girls invite Hazel into the fold.
  • Ego Nwodim will play the female lead on the upcoming comedy starring Adam Pally and Stephen Curry. She is currently in her sixth season as a cast member of NBC's Saturday Night Live.
  • She will play Kimberly, Steph's (Curry) childhood friend, business partner, manager and essentially his overall handler. Kimberly, Steph and Danny (Pally) all grew up together, and while Kimberly is happy to see Danny pop back up in their lives, she's not about to let Steph get taken advantage of by any of Danny's schemes.