Jim Belushi is set for a lead role in ABC drama pilot SALVAGE. Belushi will play Duke, Gwen Daniels’ (Charity Wakefield) daddy, the fun, larger-than-life Hemingway-esque patriarch of this whole town, and a man not to be messed with. Here in Bel Grove, you either work for the Daniels, or you are one. Owner of the town’s only factory, Duke makes sure things always work to his advantage.
Black sails alum Luke Arnold has booked a series regular role on ABC drama pilot FOR LOVE. The series centers on Hope Castille. Five years ago, her fiancé was killed. This morning she received a phone call from him. An epic love triangle set against a grounded, secret world of magic in present-day New Orleans. Cooney and Moses executive produce. Arnold will play Christof Dumaine, the younger brother, intent on fulfilling his duties as chaos-maker and havoc-wreaker. Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead), Shawn Doyle (Bellevue), Michael Shanks, (Stargate SG-1) and Camille Sullivan (The Man in the High Castle) have been cast in UNSPEAKABLE, the eight-part miniseries. The series chronicles the emergence of HIV and Hepatitis C in Canada in the early 1980s and the tragedy that resulted after thousands of people were infected by tainted blood. Character details are being kept under wraps.
Newcomer Laine Neil is set for a recurring role in CBS All Acess’ drama series STRANGE ANGEL. The series is inspired by the real-life story of Jack Parsons (Jack Reynor) and explores the dramatic intersection between genius and madness, science and science fiction. Neil will play Patty, Susan’s (Bella Heathcote) half-sister, a firebrand whose spirit apparently hasn’t yet been broken by her domineering father Calvin.
Vice Principals alum Sheaun McKinney and The Mayor‘s Marcel Spears have booked series regular roles in CBS’ new multi-camera comedy pilot WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD. The series centers on the nicest guy in the Midwest, who moves his family into a tough neighborhood in L.A. where not everyone appreciates his extreme neighborliness. McKinney will play Malcolm, the chill and dryly sarcastic younger son of Calvin and Loretta. His older brother, Marty (Spears), is the “good” son, and Malcolm is the more street-smart member of the family. He believes the world doesn’t see him as clearly as he sees it, and under different circumstances, he would be a respected businessman.
In his first series regular role, Zeeko Zaki (Valor) is set as the male lead in CBS’ upcoming 13-episode untitled drama series. The series chronicles the inner workings of the New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Zaki will play FBI Special Agent OA. An FBI Special Agent in NYC, OA made it from Bushwick to West Point and has both the confidence and the will of someone who’s had to fight every step of the way. After spending two years undercover, the DEA abruptly ripped him out, and he was cherry-picked by the FBI.
Noel Fisher (Shameless) and Michael Patrick Thornton (Private Practice) are set as series regulars in CBS’ RED LINE. Fisher will play Pete Evans, a Chicago cop who shot an African American doctor in a convenience store. Confused and sickened by his own actions, Pete is also concerned with the subsequent public and legal fallout. Thornton is Jim Evans, a former police officer who uses a wheelchair after he was shot in the line of duty. He is prone to violence and rattled by the charges pending against his brother, Pete Evans (Fisher), an active-duty officer who shot and killed an African American doctor.
Samantha Logan (13 Reasons Why) is set as a series regular in the CW’s untitled drama pilot. The series centers on a rising high school football player from South Central L.A. Logan will play Olivia Baker, Jordan’s younger sister who befriends Spencer due to their shared experience of feeling like outsiders at the elitist high school.
Wayward Pines‘ Josh Helman has been cast as the male lead in THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT. Helman will play Quinn, a rugged space-cop from another galaxy. Quinn has hunted down the worst alien criminals in the universe. But now that he has crash-landed on Earth, he might actually need a little help ordering an Uber.
It star Chosen Jacobs is set for a recurring role in Hulu’s upcoming psychological horror drama series CASTLE ROCK. The series combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland. Jacobs will play Wendell Deaver, the son of Henry Deaver (Andre Holland).
April Dawn | Editorial Intern