Action dramedy UNIT ZERO has booked Parvesh Cheena and Ayden Mayeri for series regular roles. It stars Toni Collette as Jackie Fine, a brilliant but unassuming CIA engineer and single mom, as she leads a team of desk jockeys into the field as secret agents. Cheena has been cast as Raj, a competitive and obnoxious co-worker who is gunning for Jackie’s job. Mayeri has been cast as Azeema, a super-smart CIA intern with fighting skills who’s always one step ahead of everyone else.
THE CROSSING has netted Tommy Bastow and John D’Leo for series regular roles. It revolves around refugees from a war-torn country who start showing up to seek asylum in an American town. But the country these people are from is America, and the war they are fleeing is 250 years in the future. Bastow has been cast as Marshall, and D’Leo has been cast as Will, Marshall’s best friend.
REDLINERS has tapped Jenny Wade for a series regular role. It is based on the short stories by Charlaine Harris and follows a pair of former operatives who get reactivated and drawn into a larger conspiracy while attempting to maintain their undercover lives. Wade has been cast as Christy, Anne’s sweet and overly officious assistant at school who talks to much, tries too hard, and wants more than anything to have a rapport with Anne.
LAS REINAS has added Witches of East End actor Eric Winter in a series regular role. It centers on Detective De La Reina who is forced to confront her past when a case compels her to reconnect with her estranged family – the most powerful criminal outfit in Miami. Thrust back into the world she thought she had left behind, Alex must walk the murky line between the law and her family, and question her true destiny as a De La Reina. Winter has been cast as Robert Ellison, a potential love interest to Alex, and is an Ivy League educated attorney/consigliere who is central to Gabriella De La Reina’s empire.
Winter is repped by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment.
Emmy winner John Larroquette is set to topline ME, MYSELF & I. It examines one man’s life over a 50-year span and focuses on three distinct periods in Alex Riley’s life: as a 14-year-old in 1991, a 40-year-old in present day, and a 65-year-old in 2042. Laroquette will play the eldest incarnation.
Larroquette is repped by Gersh and Silver Lining Entertainment.
Mad Men alum Jessica Pare has joined the untitled Navy SEAL pilot. The project follows the lives of the elite Navy SEALs as they train, plan, and execute the most dangerous, high-stakes missions our country can ask. Pare has been cast as Mandy, a whip-smart CIA analyst driven to rid the world of evil and get the bad guys.
WISDOM OF THE CROWD has added Natalia Tena and Jake Matthews for series regular roles. The project is based on the Israeli format and is inspired by the notion that a million minds are better than one. It stars Jeremy Piven as Jeffrey tanner, a charismatic tech innovator who creates a cutting-edge crowd-sourcing hub to solve his own daughter’s murder, as well as revolutionizing crime-solving in San Francisco. Tena has been cast Sara, who runs the show at CrowdSolver, where she works with Tanner to launch and operate the new app. Matthews has been cast as Tariq, a tech genius who can hack anything and enjoys blurring the lines of morality.
Jenny Lumet’s untitled pilot has tapped Sharon Leal and Sheaun McKinney for the lead roles. It centers on an elite team of investigators for the Northeast Regional U.S. Hate Crimes Unit who solve myriad crimes against humanity as they confront their own biases. Leal has been cast as Lt. Naomi Barr, the passionate, relentless leader of the hate crimes task force in NYC. McKinney will play Michael, the liaison between the mayor’s office the hate crimes task force.
Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria is teaming up with Ken Marino to headline TYPE-A. Joining them will be Kyle Bornheimer, Steve Harris, and Andy Richter. The pilot is based on the book by Aaron James Assholes: A Theory and is an office comedy centering around a group of consultants who are hand-picked to do the dirty work most professionals can’t handle, including layoffs, downsizing, and generally delivering horrible news. To everyone else, they’re the enemy, but to each other, they’re family. Longoria will play Axler, the ambitious, brutally honest consultant who is at war with her inner “nice girl”. Marino will play Garland, a slick, charming attorney – and total shark – who also happens to be the ex-boyfriend of Axler. Bornheimer has been cast as Ben, an Army veteran with one leg who is the moral compass of the office. Harris has been cast as Carson, the security chief with an intimidating physical presence who has a soft spot for his show poodle. Richter has been cast as Luderman, a master manipulator who makes Machiavelli look like a sweetheart.
Longoria is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment.
Marino is repped by Principato-Young.
Bornheimer is repped by Gersh and Haven Entertainment.
Harris is repped by ICM and Brillstein Entertainment.
Richter is repped by UTA and Brillstein Entertainment.
Untitled medical drama pilot from Warren Leight and Paul Haggis has tapped Nikki M. James for a series regular role. It is described as a real-time “extreme event” medical series that follows the nurses and doctors of an understaffed Brooklyn hospital that becomes the borough’s last viable trauma center after a catastrophic hurricane wreaks havoc on the city. James has been cast as Meghan, a hospital administrator.
9/11 drama THE LOOMING TOWER booked Sullivan Jones, Virginia Kull, and Louis Cancelmi in series regular roles. It traces the rising threat of Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda and takes a controversial look at how the rivalry between the CIA and FBI inadvertently might have set the stage for the tragedy of 9/11 and the war in Iraq. It centers on Ali Soufan and John O’Neill. O’Neill, the determined, at times bull-headed chief of the New York FBI’s Counter-Terrorism unit, is right convinced that the U.S. has been targeted for attack by Al Qaeda and he faces deliberately insufficient cooperation from other organs of the federal government, particularly from his counterpart at the frequently antagonistic CIA. Jones has been cast as Floyd Bennet, a member of the New York State Police SWAT Team, working closely with FBI agent Kathy Shaughnessy (played by Kull) on O’Neill’s counter-terrorism unit. Cancelmi has been cast Vince Stuart, who is John O’Neill’s eyes and ears embedded into CIA’s Alec Station.
Jones is repped by Stone Manners Salners Agency and Andy Corren Management.
Kull is repped by Innovative Artists and Sanders Armstrong Caserta Management.
Cancelmi is repped by Gersh and Red Letter Entertainment.
Missy Peregrym has boarded the VAN HELSING for season two. The action-horror reimagines Dracula with the resurrection of Vanessa Van Helsing, the next in a lineage of warriors who lead mankind in the battle against vampires. Peregrym has been cast as Scarlett Harker, a woman with a mysterious past who might help turn the tide against the vampires.
Peregrym is repped by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment.
Tracy Morgan’s untitled comedy has added Allen Maldonado in a co-starring role. The show follows Tray (Morgan) after he has been released on good behavior from a 15-year prison stint and is shocked to see just how much the world has changed in his absence. Maldonado has been cast as Cousin Bobby, Tray’s loyal cousin, who is not the sharpest tool in the shed.
Emily J | TV Editor