DREW has assembled its team for the updated mystery series based on the classic books. Sarah Shahi has won the lead role of Nancy Drew, now in her 30s, working as a detective for the NYPD where she investigates and solves crimes using her uncanny observational skills, all while navigating the complexities of life in a modern world. Joining Shahi are Steve Kazees as the male lead and Vanessa Ferlito as Drew’s former partner.
David Spade has won a role in Tina Fey’s CBS-produced sitcom THE KICKER. The comedy centers on Daryl Thorkelsonan, an oddball athlete who drives family, friends, and strangers insane after he unexpectedly finds himself cut from his professional football team.
Former “TV president” Jimmy Smits is heading into a new political office as he has signed on to play John Donovan in 24: LEGACY, the sequel series to Fox’s Kiefer Sutherland-starring drama. Donovan is a powerful U.S. Senator with higher political aspirations.
She is repped by The Carson Kolker Organization.
Becki Newton has landed the female lead in Fox’s untitled Chris Case comedy pilot. She plays the wife of Jay “Havoc” Hammond, an African American, ex-NFL lineman who recently moved in with Christy (Newton), and her two oddball sons, as he struggles to win the most challenging game of his life: fatherhood.
Merrin Dungey has joined Haley Atwell for ABC’s legal drama pilot CONVICTION. The Liz Friedman script stars Atwell as the brilliant but ne-er-do-well daughter of a former President who is blackmailed into taking a job as the head of LA’s newly created Conviction Integrity Unity. She, along with her team of lawyers, investigators, and forensic experts, work together to examine cases where there’s credible suspicion that the wrong person may have been convicted of a crime. Dungey will play the lead investigator for the unit.
Dan Lauria, best known for playing family patriarch on The Wonder Years, has booked PITCH. The Fox drama pilot follows Ginny, a young female pitcher who defies the odds when she becomes the first woman to play in the major leagues. Lauria is set in the role of the team’s grizzled but steady manager.
Hannah Kasulka has joined the modern retelling of William Blatty’s 1971 novel, THE EXORCIST. She will play Casey, the family wall-flower who is worried about her sister Charlotte. Charlotte has been holed up in her room ever since her serious accident.
Kasulk is repped by Innovative and Underground Entertainment.
THE MICK (working title), a Fox comedy pilot has added Sofia Black D’Elia to the cast. The project from John and Dave Chernin centers on a hard-living, foul mouthed woman who moves to affluent Greenwich, CT to raise the spoiled kids of her wealthy sister who has fled the country to avoid a federal indictment. D’Elia has been set as Sabrina, the eldest of three kids Mickey has to care for.
SQUARE ROOTS has filled out its cast as it signs up Adhir Kalyan, Noureen DeWulf, Bernard White, and Nina Wadia for the single camera comedy. The series is about a man from a family of logic-driven engineers who is determined to use his “gift” to help the people he loves with their everyday issues… whether they like it or not.
Kate Jennings Grant and J. August Richards have landed roles in ABC’s drama NOTORIOUS. The project is described as a provocative look at the interplay of criminal law and the media, it follows the professional and personal relationship between a charismatic attorney and a powerhouse television producer as they attempt to control the media, the justice system and, ultimately, each other.
THE FLUFFY SHOP has booked Gloria Garayua in the role of Carmen, lead Gabriel Iglesias’s girlfriend. The series follows Iglesias as a boss to his family and friends, while he navigates his home life during the few days he spends off the road each week.
Emily J | Staff Writer