Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Casting News - Rochelle Aytes Exits 'S.W.A.T.' and Joins 'Watson'; Patricia Heaton to Recur on 'Frasier'; Plus 4 More Updates!

Casting News - June 4, 2024

Amazon's The Better Sister & Gen V; CBS' S.W.A.T. & Watson; Hallmark's The Chicken Sisters; Netflix's Wayward; and Paramount+'s Frasier.

  • Maxwell Acee Donovan and Kim Dickens have been cast as series regulars on the upcoming drama starring Jessica Biel and Elizabeth Banks. Donovan currently stars in Netflix's That '90s Show, which returns for its second season later this month. Dickens starred for three seasons in HBO's Deadwood, four seasons in HBO's Treme and five seasons in AMC's Fear the Walking Dead.
  • Donovan will play Ethan, 17, who adores his loving mother Chloe (Biel) and has a complicated relationship with his overachieving, overbearing father, Adam (Corey Stoll). When he's swept up in a family tragedy, his mother can no longer protect him, and he's forced to face his fears head on.
  • Dickens will play Nancy Guidry, a detective investigating Adam's murder. She sees more than anyone else in the room, and isn't afraid to tell you all about it.
  • Rochelle Aytes is departing the cast of the veteran drama ahead of its upcoming eighth season and becoming a series regular on the new drama starring Morris Chestnut. Aytes joined S.W.A.T. as a recurring guest star in its third season and was promoted to series regular starting with the sixth season. Her contract wasn't picked up following the drama's unexpected renewal. However, it's possible she will continue to appear as a recurring guest star as both dramas are on the same network.
  • On S.W.A.T., she plays Nichelle Carmichael, Hondo's (Shemar Moore) wife and mother of their daughter Vivienne.
  • On Watson, she will play Dr. Mary Morstan, one of the best surgeons on the East Coast, and the Medical Director of the hospital. She is equally adept at being a voice of reason for and serving reality checks to her ex-husband, Dr. Watson (Chestnut). She has great respect for Watson and, while she appreciates his sleuthing when it comes to medical mysteries, she can also become irritated by his unorthodox approach to the business of medicine.
  • Patricia Heaton will reunite with Kelsey Grammer as a recurring guest star on the comedy's upcoming second season. She previously starred for nine seasons in CBS' Everybody Loves Raymond (winning two Emmy Awards for her performance) and nine seasons in ABC's The Middle. She previously worked with Grammer on FOX's one-season sitcom Back to You.
  • She will play Holly, who is down-to-earth, unpretentious, and openly mocking of overly-intellectual types. A Boston native who tends bar at upscale restaurants and events, she is extraordinary comfortable with both who and where she is in life, a quality that the always-climbing, always-reaching Frasier (Grammer) finds as alien as he does attractive.
  • Hamish Linklater has booked a series regular role on the drama's upcoming second season. He previously starred for five seasons in CBS' The New Adventures of Old Christine, two seasons in FX's Legion, in the Netflix limited series Midnight Mass and in the AppleTV+ limited series Manhunt.
  • He will play Cipher, Godolkin University's charismatic and charming new dean. He's trained as a scientist, politically brilliant, and has the trust and admiration of officials at the highest level.
  • Ektor Rivera will co-star on the upcoming drama starring Lea Thompson and Wendie Malick. He previously starred in the Hallmark films Groundswell and Sugar Plum Twist. He also guest starred on FOX's Fantasy Island.
  • He will play Sergio.
  • Sydney Topliffe, Alyvia Alyn Lind, Patrick J. Adams, Patrick Gallagher and Josh Close have joined the cast of the upcoming limited series created by and starring Mae Martin. Topliffe currently stars in the Canadian comedy Davey & Jonesie's Locker, which released its first season earlier this year. Lind currently stars in Syfy's Chucky, which ended its third season last month. Adams starred for seven seasons in USA's Suits. Gallagher recurred on ABC's Big Sky and Paramount+'s Joe Pickett. Close recurred on CBS' Person of Interest and FX's Fargo.
  • No details were immediately announced about the characters they will be playing.