TV Casting Round-Up: Sarah Shahi Solves Mystery Of Who Will Play Nancy Drew In CBS Pilot

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DREW has assembled its team for the updated mystery series based on the classic books. 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 as the male lead and Vanessa as Drew’s former partner.

Shahi is repped by CAA and McKeon-Myones Entertainment. is repped by ICM and D2 Management. is repped by Innovative and Alchemy.


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.

He is repped by WME and Brillstein Entertainment.


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.

He is repped by UTA and Brillstein Entertainment


Camila Mendes has booked the role of Veronica in CW’s TV version of the classic Archie Comics in RIVERDALE. She joins previously cast KJ Apa as Archie and Lili Reinhart as Betty.

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.

Newton is repped by UTA and Management 360.


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 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.

She is repped by Gersh and Industry Entertainment.


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.

Lauria is repped by TalentWorks and Jeff Berger Management.


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.

She is repped by Brookside Artists and ICM.


SQUARE ROOTS has filled out its cast as it signs up , , , and 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.

Kalyan is repped by Thruline and UTA. DeWulf is repped by Primary Wave and Innovative. White is repped by Greene & Associates Talent Agency.


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.

Grant is repped by Innovative and Sanders Armstrong Caserta Management. Richards is repped by APA and A Management.


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.

Garayua is repped by JLA Talent and Stagecoach Entertainment.


Emily J | Staff Writer
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