Jason Ritter-starrer THE GOSPEL OF KEVIN has booked J. August Richards for a series regular role. The project is a light-one-hour and follows Kevin, a down-on-his-luck man who is tasked by God with a mission to save the world. Richards has been cast as Deputy Nathan Purcell.
Hillary Anne Matthews has boarded an untitled single-camera comedy where she will star opposite Zach Braff. The half hour is about all the things that happen – the good, the bad, and the ugly – when Alex (Braff), a guy in his mid-30s with a wife and two kids, makes the crazy decision to quit his good job and dive into the brave new world of starting a business. Matthews will play Deirdre, the woman who also quits her job to follow Braff’s character on his endeavor.
Matthews is repped by Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment.
Former Person of Interest star Jim Caviezel has landed the lead role in CBS’ Navy SEAL drama pilot. The hour-long is about the lives of elite Navy SEALs as they train, plan, and execute the most dangerous, high-stakes missions our country can ask. Caviezel has been cast as Jason, the respected, committed leader of his assault team who’s been through over a dozen deployments.
Caviezel is repped by ICM.
Khandi Alexander has netted a co-starring role opposite Alan Cumming in INSTINCT. The project has based on the upcoming book by James Patters and centers on Dylan, a former CIA operative who has since built a “normal” life as a gifted professor and writer but is pulled back into his old life when the NYPD needs his help to stop a serial killer on the loose. Alexander has been cast as the police superior to Lizzi, payed by Bojana Novakovic.
Alexander is repped by Greene & Associates Talent.
Jay Harrington is set to topline drama pilot S.W.AT. The pilot is inspired by the 2003 Sony movie that was based on the 1975 ABC series and is described as an intense, action-packed procedural that follows a locally born and bred S.W.A.T. lieutenant, Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson, torn between loyalty to the streets and duty to his fellow officers when he’s tasked to run a highly trained unit that is the last stop for solving crimes in Los Angeles. Harrington has been cast as David “Deacon” Kay, the level-headed and competent SWAT officer who’s ready for a commanding role.
INSATIABLE has tapped Christopher Gorham in a series regular role. The project focuses on Bob, a disgraced, dissatisfied civil lawyer-turned-beauty pageant coach who takes on Patty, a vengeful, bullied teenager as his client, and has no idea what he’s about to unleash upon the world Gorham has been cast as Barnum, the pageant dad and D.A. courtroom nemesis to Bob.
Christina Ochoa has won the female lead role opposite Matt Barr in VALOR. Joining her are Nigel Thatch and Corbin Reid who have booked series regular roles. The show will explore the boundaries between military discipline and human desire are tested on a U.S. Army base that houses an elite unit of helicopter pilots trained to perform clandestine international and domestic missions. Barr and Ochoa play chopper pilots Gallo (Barr) and Nora (Ochoa) who, after a botched mission in Somalia leaves a pair of American servicemen in enemy hands, train for a rescue operation and only they share a very large secret from the initial operation – a secret that must never come to the attention of the Army. Thatch will play Captain Robert Torres, the commander of the Night Raiders. Reid will play Jess, a mother and wife who lives on the army base.
The untitled university thriller drama pilot has added Robbie Jones and Vince Nappo. The centers on Matt Kincaid, the Junior Counsel of a prestigious Illinois university who must deal with an out-of-control scandal when a female student, Cassie accuses several star football players of sexual assault. Jones has been cast as Will Meeks, Kincaid’s former roommate, best friend, and is the currently assistant coach and offensive coordinator for the football team. Nappo has been cast as Detective Dunn, who’s investigating the football players accused of assault.
Glee alum Jane Lynch has boarded multi-camera comedy RELATIVELY HAPPY. The show follows adult siblings Henry and Heather, who wind up living together for the first time since they were kids, after one of them suffers a big loss. They become each other’s wingman, shoulder to cry on, best friend, and punching bag as they navigate love, loss, and work while helping to get each other “un-stuck.” Lyn will play Bobbi Martin, a fast-living, Scotch-drinking, three-piece-suit-wearing, womanizing divorce attorney who is Henry’s boss, mentor, and “father” figure.
Lynch is repped by UTA.
Scrubs actor Donald Faison and Ken Kirby have booked roles on SPACED OUT. The workplace comedy centers on a working-class genius and his struggles to fit in with an established team – all made more difficult when their job is building a rocket to Mars. Faison has been cast Dicky Quinlan, the blue-collar manufacturing guy who builds what “the nerds think up.” Kirby has been cast as Jet Fu, a rock star in electrical engineering, who is supremely confident and a great addition to the team, until he makes the mistake of questioning the Space One dress code.
Jacob McCarthy has joined Seth Meyers and Mike O’Brien’s untitled comedy pilot. The single-camera centers on Jack, a hilariously cynical Ivy League professor who loses out on his dream job and goes to work as a high school biology teacher, where he imposes his unorthodox teaching style and uses the kids to plot out revenge on those who wronged him. McCarthy has been cast as Devin, an intense and angry kid who sits in the back of the class reading “Anarchy in Action”.
Steven Soderbergh’s THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE has cast Narges Rashidi in a recurring role for season two. The sophomore year will feature two parallel storylines. The storyline is set against the backdrop of the corrupting influence of dark money in the upcomign 2018 U.S. mid-term elections and tracks an unexpected and complex relationship between Erica Myles, a commanding and strong-willed finance director of a Republican super PAC, and Anna Greenwald, a confident and intelligent GFE provider at the tope of her game. Rashidi has been cast as Darya Esford, an extremely intelligent communications specialist at a lobbyist firm in DC who’s in a complicated relationship with her ex Erica.
Emily J | TV Editor