Agent Carter fans, I have some not so great news. Peggy Carter herself, the delightful Hayley Atwell, has been cast as the lead in a new ABC pilot CONVICTION from Jessica Jones’s Liz Friedman, who will also direct and exec produce the drama.
Atwell stars as Carter Morrison, the brilliant but ne’er-do-well daughter of a former president, who is blackmailed into taking a job as the head of Los Angeles’ newly created Conviction Integrity Unit. She, along with her team of lawyers, investigators and forensic experts, work together to examine cases where there’s credible suspicion that the wrong person may have been convicted of a crime.
If Conviction and Atwell’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff make next year’s schedule at ABC, insiders stress that the net would work out the production schedule to accommodate both shows. Of course, the modestly-rated Agent Carter has been on the bubble for its entire two season run. Now AC showrunners Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters also have a pilot at ABC, The Death of Eva Sofia Valdez.
Candice Bergen will star in ABC’s comedy pilot PEARL, written/executive produced by Andrew Reich and directed by Jim Field Smith. The single-cam comedy centers on Bergen’s Pearl, a larger-than-life family matriarch who, after she finds out she has cancer, becomes intent on controlling and orchestrating every aspect of her family’s life before she dies.
Bergen starred in Murphy Brown, which ended its 10-season run in 1998, winning five Emmys for her role as the TV reporter. She also co-starred in Boston Legal and has appeared in big-screen hits Miss Congeniality, Sweet Home Alabama, and Sex And The City, reprising her role from the HBO series. Bergen is repped by ICM Partners.
Once Upon A Time’s Elizabeth Mitchell and Elizabeth Lail are heading to camp in Freeform’s DEAD OF SUMMER. The duo, who appeared together in the ABC fairytale show’s Frozen storyline, reunite with Once creators Adam Horowitz and Edwart Kitsis, who are behind Freeform’s straight-to-series Camp Clearwater-set horror series.
Mitchell will play Deb, the new owner of Camp Clearwater who exudes authority while simultaneously presenting a warm and welcoming vibe. Once a camper herself, Deb has her heart set on bringing back the magic of the summer camp she loved. Behind closed doors however, Deb seems to value her control over the camp for a much darker reason.
Lail will play the lead role of Amy, a clever but nervous camp counselor who is new to Camp Clearwater. She is the first to discover clues that something disturbing is going on at Camp Clearwater.
NBC’s THE TRAIL pilot taps broadway vet Steven Boyer. The docu-style procedural comedy from Jeff Astrof and Matt Miller, is a spoof of crime documentaries like The Jinx and Making A Murderer. It follows Josh Simon, a young big-city lawyer and his oddball defense team during a high-profile murder trial in a small southern town. Boyer will play Dwayne, Simon’s loyal lead investigator. Not the sharpest tool in the shed, Dwayne’s dream is to take a bullet for Josh — hopefully not from his own gun.
Majors, repped by David Shapira & Associates, is best known for his roles on series The Big Valley, The Six Million Dollar Man, and The Fall Guy.
Raimi appeared in all three original Evil Dead movies. His television credits include Supernatural, Twin Peaks, and Xena: Warrior Princess.
Mann is set as Jacob Waller, an aggressive attorney who represents high-profile clients. Mann, repped by Paradigm and Van Johnson Company, played fan-favorite Nolan Ross on ABC’s Revenge. His other credits include Mad Men, The Bourne Identity, and The Bourne Supremacy.
Levine will play Little Bill Primm, the proud owner of a casino in Primm, NV. Levine, repped by Kass Management, starred in FX’s The Bridge and spent eight seasons as Captain Leland Stottlemeyer on USA’s Monk.
Cordova is Hector, a middleweight boxing champion who forms a bond with Ray. Cordova’s credits include CBS’s The Good Wife, PBS’s Sesame Street, and Ang Lee’s upcoming Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. He’s repped by Gersh.
Blair Underwood will guest on the final season of CBS’s THE GOOD WIFE in an episode centered on gun violence. He will play Henry, a middle-class motel owner still reeling over the death of his teenage daughter by a random bullet a year ago. As a result, he is determined to stem the tide of gun violence in his community, but finds himself in court defending his methods.
And now your GILMORE GIRLS revival update: Milo Ventimiglia will reprise his role as Rory’s bad-boy flame Jess Mariano. The four mini-movie Netflix series has already announced the returns of Lauren Graham (Lorelai Gilmore), Alexis Bledel (Rory Gilmore), Scott Patterson (Luke), Kelly Bishop (Emily Gilmore), Keiko Agena (Lane), Liza Weil (Paris), Matt Czuchry (Logan), Yanic Truesdale (Michel), and Sean Gunn (Kirk). Melissa McCarthy made waves when she tweeted that she hadn’t been contacted about reprising her beloved Sookie St. James, contrary to creator Amy Sherman-Palladino’s claims.
This writer would also like to see Jared Padalecki back as Dean.
Katia Juanita | Staff Writer