Shawn Ashmore will co-star opposite Hayley Atwell in ABC’s CONVICTION. Co-created by Liz Friedman, who wrote the script, and Liz Friedlander, who will direct, the legal drama pilot stars Atwell 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.
Both Atwell and Ashmore have Marvel pedigree – Atwell stars as Peggy Carter on ABC’s Agent Carter, and Ashmore played Iceman in the X-Men franchise. Ashmore has also starred opposite Kevin Bacon in Fox’s The Following and can next be seen in X-Box Entertainment’s Quantum Break series. He’s repped by Gersh and Industry Entertainment.
Daniel Sunjata has landed the lead role in ABC’s NOTORIOUS pilot. The drama, written by Josh Berman and Allie Hagan, is inspired by the relationship between famed criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and long-time Larry King Live executive producer Wendy Walker.
Notorious is described as a provocative look at the interplay of criminal law and the media. It follows the professional and personal relationship between a charismatic attorney and a powerhouse television producer as they attempt to control the media, the justice system, and ultimately – each other. Sunjata will play Jake Gregorian, the character inspired by Geragos. He’s a charismatic and sexy defense attorney, who manipulates the media to win cases at any cost.
Scott Wilson is on board for Netflix’s straight-to-series drama THE OA. Details about the mystery series are being kept under wraps, but we do know that Wilson will play Abel Johnson, the adoptive father of Prairie Johnson, played by Brit Marling. Zat Batmanglij will direct and he and Marling executive produce the eight-episode series.
Best known as Herschel on The Walking Dead, Wilson has also recurred on Bosch, CSI, and A&E’s upcoming Damien. He’s repped by Coronel Group.
Nasim Pedrad is a 14-year-old boy, at least in her new Fox pilot CHAD: AN AMERICAN BOY. The single-cam family comedy, written by Pedrad and Rob Rosell, centers on a Middle Eastern family and Pedrad will play the titular son, 14-year-old Chad.
He’s in the throes of adolescence is tasked with being the man of the house, which leaves him with all the responsibilities of being an adult without any of the perks. Pedrad is “thrilled to be able to portray a Middle Eastern family not working for or against Jack Bauer on network TV. Jason Winer, who helmed the pilot for Modern Family, is on board to direct.
The series, based on Avital Ash’s web series 7P/10P, chronicles the relationship of Marla and Wade as they begin dating long distance. Marla is a perpetual optimist living in New York City who wants to be a playwright but is having trouble breaking away from a traditional life for the life of an artist. Wade is a guy who things have always come easy for, so he decided he’d move to LA and give it a shot in the big city, but real adult life has been a little big of a shock.
Braun starred as Cameron in ABC Family’s 10 Things I Hate About You reboot series and can next be seen in How To Be Single (in theaters this weekend) and Tina Fey’s Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. He’s repped by UTA and Brillstein Entertainment.
CBS’s SUPERIOR DONUTS taps Maz Jobrani to co-star opposite Jermaine Fowler. The multi-cam pilot written by Bob Daily, Neil Goldman, & Garrett Donovan and directed by James Burrows is based on the play by Tracy Letts
Superior Donuts follows the relationship between the owner of a donut shop, Arthur, his new young employee, Franco (Fowler), and patrons in a gentrifying neighborhood of Chicago. Jobrani will play Maz, a character written specifically for him. Maz is a high-energy, over-caffeinated businessman, capitalism personified and living the American dream. He has been buying up buildings and investing in businesses in the Uptown neighborhood, waiting for gentrification to come and make him rich, and he’s constantly after Arthur to sell him the donut shop so he can control the entire block.
Kyle Schmid is the latest addition to History’s ensemble military drama SIX. The eight-episode series, written by William Broyles and Special Operations veteran David Broyles, follows Navy SEAL Team Six, whose 2014 mission to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan goes awry when they uncover a U.S. citizen working with the terrorists.
Schmid will play Alex Caulder a witty, efficient, and philosophical soldier, a veteran Navy Seal and one of the key members of Seal Team Six. He has no problem putting personal or family matters aside to focus on a mission – even if this means destroying relationships in the process.
Schmid was a regular on BBC America’s Copper and Lifetime’s Blood Ties, and he returned to the vampire genre with a recurring role on Syfy’s Being Human. He’s repped by Don Buchwald & Associates and Noble Kaplan Abrams.
Laura Dern is set to star and exec produce a new drama for HBO. Written and directed by Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney, the untitled drama centers on a court-appointed psychiatrist (Dern) who must determine from her twisted yet humanizing diagnostic exchanges with death row inmates if they are sane enough to be killed by the state.
Dern, repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment, earned Emmy nods for her roles in HBO’s Enlightened, Recount, and is co-starring opposite Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon in the premium cabler’s upcoming Big Little Lies limited series.
Fox’s ROSEWOOD has tapped Sam Huntington for a recurring role with the potential to become a regular in season 2. He’ll play Mitchie Brickman, a fun, fast talking new-to-town private pathologist who was forced to close his lab in Pensacola due a penchant for doing pro bono work. The freshman drama starring Morris Chestnut has been one of the best performers of the year and is looking likely to get a second season pick-up.
Huntington, repped by UTA and Generate, starred as werewolf Josh Levison on Syfy’s Being Human. He can next be seen in Clint Eastwood’s Sully, which stars Tom Hanks as “Miracle on the Hudson” pilot Captain “Sully” Sullenberger who glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard.
Scott Porter and Horatio Sanz will recur on CBS’s SCORPION. Porter plays Tim Armstrong, a former prom king, football captain, and Navy SEAL who was injured in action. Tim is Cabe’s new trainee, courtesy of Homeland Security, and Walter’s not quite sure how to process this new, handsome addition to Team Scorpion — especially when he sees that Paige finds Tim intriguing. Sanz will play Heywood Morris, an underdog attorney with a kind heart.
Porter co-starred in The CW’s Hart Of Dixie and as Jason Street on the early seasons of NBC’s Friday Night Lights and recurred on CBS’s The Good Wife. He’s repped by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment.
Sanz, who is with UTA, is a Saturday Night Live alum and has also appeared on Comedy Bang Bang, Drunk History, and voiced Duncan in Wreck-It Ralph.
The first of Rory’s loves has officially signed on. Jared Padelecki will return as Dean for Netflix’s GILMORE GIRLS revival. Another Gilmore alum, Danny Strong, will also be back as Doyle, the former Yale Daily Sun editor and love interest of Liza Weil’s Paris.
Padalecki has spent the last 11 seasons as Sam Winchester on the WB and CW’s Supernatural. He’s repped by UTA and Industry Entertainment. Strong has seamlessly transitioned into behind-the-camera roles as the writer of Lee Daniels’ The Butler, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay 1 & 2, and co-creator of Fox’s mega-hit Empire. He hasn’t quite lost the acting bug, having recurred on Mad Men, Girls, and Justified in recent years. Strong is repped by CAA and Sweeney Entertainment.
Sutton Foster, who stared in Gilmore creator Amy Sherman-Palladino’s short-lived but well-loved Bunheads, will appear in the GG revival, making her the first casting announcement that is new to Stars Hollow. No word on her character, but it seems unlikely she’ll reprise her Bunheads role given that Gilmore matriarch Kelly Bishop also starred in the ballet dramedy. Broadway vet Foster is currently starring on TV Land’s Younger. She’s repped by CAA.
Katia Juanita | Staff Writer