Former Justified star Joelle Carter and King Kong‘s Evan Parke have been cast as series regulars in ABC’s drama pilot SALVAGE. Carter will play Sunny Daniels, Duke’s (Belushi) second wife. She’s also the town’s mayor. Parke will play Sheriff Ward, a good lawman, except for maybe being on the take to cover up Duke’s crimes.
Necessary Roughness‘ Scott Cohen is set as a lead in ABC drama pilot THE FIX. Cohen will play Ezra, an extremely confident defense lawyer who won the trial against Maya years ago and who sees his client facing charges once again. He is an arrogant pitbull with a thirst for battle.Former CSI: Crime Scenes Investigation star Jorja Fox is returning to CBS for a starring role in the drama pilot CHIEFS. Fox will play Vicky, the Santa Monica Chief of Police, a role which was reworked for her. A native Texan, a cop’s cop and the newest to the job of Police Chief, she’s just been sworn in. Stubborn and uncompromising, Vicky’s a bull in a china shop. She’s tough and focused — the type of person you’d pick to win in a fight. The mother of a 15-year-old and happily married to a software consultant, she is devoted to her family and to her job.
Mark Webber (Green Room), Shea Whigham (Boardwalk Empire) and Alana Arenas (Electric Dreams) have booked lead roles in the CBS drama pilot L.A. CONFIDENTIAL. Webber will play Det. Bud White, the role played by Russell Crowe in the 1997 movie that earned a Best Picture Oscar nomination. A noble savage in a detective suit, White went to the Police Academy with Exley (Brian J. Smith) and has already made detective. Never one to hesitate to use brute force, Bud is particularly vicious with criminals who abuse women. Partnered with Dick Stensland (Whigham) who is on the verge of retirement, Bud is just learning how things work at the LAPD. Whigham’s Stensland was played by Graham Beckel in the film. A good cop at one time, now limping towards retirement, he is Bud’s (Webber) partner. A gruff guy who’s seen it all, he has a mentor-mentee rapport with Bud. When he’s asked if he can trust his young partner, he says that Bud is solid – but he plans on keeping him in the dark about things at the LAPD – for now. Arenas’ June, a new character for the series, is an excellent reporter trying to do good in a bad world. Intelligent, perceptive insightful and tough, she writes stories that expose bad things. While chasing exposés, June has developed a rapport with Jack (Walton Goggins).
Raul Esparza is returning to NBC with a lead role in drama pilot SUSPICION. Suspicion is described as a Hitchcockian thriller about how far one man will go to save the people he loves. After Danny Goodman (Derek Luke) accepts a handshake loan from his new friend and millionaire neighbor, Tom Canter (Esparza), he gets a visit from the FBI and learns that the decision is one he will regret for the rest of his life. Esparza’s Tom Carter is the man everyone looks up to. Coming from a humble beginning, he bonds instantly with Danny as the two realize their similar histories.
Frasier alumna Jane Leeves has been tapped for a leading role in Fox’s untitled Erin Foster single-camera comedy pilot. Leeves will play Angela, Andi’s (Foster) chic and confident mother and Roman’s (Johnson) ex-wife.
Penny Dreadful‘s Christian Camargo has been cast as one of the two male leads in Katie Holmes FBI drama pilot. Camargo will play Larry Otis, Hazel’s (Holmes) TV reporter husband who is bitter, hurt and humiliated after Hazel’s affair. He is a good father who wants the best for their daughters and will try to work things out after Hazel’s indiscretion.
After sharing the screen in My Best Friend’s Wedding and August: Osage County, Dermot Mulroney is reuniting with Julia Roberts on Amazon’s TV series HOMECOMING as a recurring guest star. He’ll play Anthony, the boyfriend to Roberts’ Heidi, who is eager to please but a bit needy. Over the course of the show, Anthony grows increasingly frustrated with Heidi’s lack of attention to him and their relationship.
Hulu has found its leading ladies for its comedy pilot HUNGER MAKES ME A MODERN GIRL in Taylor Dearden (Sweet/Vicious) and Aubrey Peeples (Nashville). Dearden will topline the pilot as Karen Wolff, a nonconformist who secretly wishes to fit in and be accepted. Writing and playing music is her means of being present. Peeples will take on the role of Charlotte, whose fierceness is motivated as much by injustice and inequality as it is by her desire to be impactful and do the right thing who has a unique singing style and confrontational lyrics.
Wind River‘s Gil Birmingham and Altered Carbon‘s Dichen Lachman are set for recurring roles on the upcoming third season of TNT’s ANIMAL KINGDOM. Birmingham will play Pearce, an unflappable law enforcement officer with a dry sense of humor and more than 20 years on the job. Smart, dogged and patient, Pearce has been tracking the Cody family for years. Lachman will portray Frankie, an edgy, free spirit who arrives at the Cody house with her partner, Billy (Denis Leary). They’ve been living in a car up and down the West Coast. She seems innocent, but she’s dangerous.
Murdoch Mysteries‘ Siobhan Murphy and newcomer Luca James Lee have been tapped for recurring roles on the upcoming second season of Freeform’s THE BOLD TYPE. Lee will play Ben, a potential love interest for Jane (Katie Stevens). Ben is a passionate young doctor with a successful practice that Jane crosses paths with and feels a spark. Murphy will portray Cleo, a new board member at the publishing company. She runs a digital empire as a relatable fitness guru, but is a force to be reckoned with. Jacqueline (Melora Hardin) will immediately reach out to Cleo once she comes on board.
Janet McTeer (Me Before You) has been tapped as a lead opposite Elizabeth Olsen in SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS, a 10-episode half-hour dark comedy series for Facebook Watch. McTeer will play Amy, the mother of Leigh (Olsen) and Jules (Kelly Marie Tran). Amy is a fitness maven, fierce mama bear, and total force of nature who is borderline evangelical re: her mystical connection to the universe. She’s a powerhouse, but far from perfect. Amy’s also overbearing, self-serving, and completely lacks awareness re: the darker side of her role as a mother. She’s determined to be the woman who solves all the problems, and it’s not rare for her to actually create problems in order to solve them.
April Dawn | Editorial Intern