The community of RIVERDALE is rapidly growing with KJ Apa, Ashleigh Murray, and Madelaine Petsch moving into town. Apa is set for Archie, the central character in the series, with Petsch as ginger bombshell Cheryl Blossom and Murray as Josie of the infamous Josie and the Pussycats.
EMPIRE is bringing in actor-producer-rapper Alvin “Xzibit” Joiner as a guest star. He will play Leslie “Shyne” Johnson, a name in the music industry who due to his illegal activities has felt shut out by the other heavy hitters in the industry and carried a chip on his should for Lucious Lyon.
Xzibit is repped by Primary Wave.
Adam Pally has landed the lead role in Fox’s MAKING HISTORY from Phil Lord, Chris Miller, and Julius “Goldy” Sharpe. The actor was very in-demand this season, fielding multiple comedy pilot offers after finishing three years on The Mindy Project.
Katey Sagal is headed back to comedy after years on FX’s Sons Of Anarchy, with the untitled CBS comedy written by Dan O’Shannon, Robyn Butler, and Dan Hope.
The series is about a wife and mother who learns that she was adopted and that her birth parents are a flamboyant but loving family of drag-racers. Sagal will play the matrarch of the family. She stars opposite Swoosie Kurtz.
Sagal is repped by WME and B&B Management.
Jessica Szohr is headed back to the network that jumpstarted her career, the CW. She has won a role in Kevin Williamson’s untitled paranormal drama pilot. She has also been cast for a role in David Lynch’s TWIN PEAKS revival on Showtime.
Bailey Chase has won the male lead role in the CW pilot which is about a young woman who seeks help from a parapsychologist when she begins to experience paranormal phenomena.
After making fan of the cult film scream with joy at the casting of Sarah Michelle Gellar in NBC’s CRUEL INTENTIONS sequel series, the drama has also now added Sophina Brown. She will play Naomi, the dynamic ex-wife of Kathyrn’s (Sarah Michelle Gellar) husband Pascal and mother to Cassidy (Samantha Logan).
Marsha Thomason and Antonia Bernath have been tapped to star in Fox’s light-hearted medical procedural ZOOBIQUITY. Thomason will lead the series which follows the unlikely pairing of her character Dr. Kara Martins, a successful, driven cardiologist as she risks career suicide by teaming with Dr. Lucas Cort, a socially-challenged veterinarian who relates better to animals than people.
DREW has pegged Felix Solis for the role of Lieutenant Ford in the pilot. The series is a contemporary take on Nancy Drew, the infamous detective book series. Solis’s character moved to NY after his wife died under suspicious circumstances. He was a person of interest but never charged.
He is repped by D2 Management.
CHUCK & BEAN is bringing in Hassie Harrison as a series regular in the comedy for ABC. The project was penned by Ed Herro and Brian Donovan and follows the unlikely friendship of Chunk and Bean, two misfits who benefit from have two very different sets of parents living next door to each other.
She is repped by Innovative Artists.
Emily J | Staff Writer