Comedy pilot SPLITTING UP TOGETHER has tapped Jenna Fischer to star. The half-hour is the story of a couple whose marriage is reignited by their divorce. They still live in the same house, alternating weeks, with one living upstairs and doing the parenting while the other lives downstairs in the guest apartment. Fischer will play the always-prepared Lena, struggling to navigate a new life after her divorce from ex-husband Martin, whose laid-back approach to raising their three children appalls her.
Shondaland’s untitled legal drama from Paul William Davies has tapped Lyndon Smith for the lead role. The series is set in the Southern District of New York Federal Court, aka “The Mother Court,” follows six brand-new lawyers working for both defense and the prosecution as they handle the most high-profile and high-stakes cases in the country – all as their personal lives intersect. Smith has been cast as one of the six, Allison, a wealthy, confident, very smart, competitive, and energetic new public defender who lives with her boyfriend, rookie prosecutor Seth, and her best friend Sandra, who is staying with them until she finds her own play.
Smith is repped by Gersh and Main Title Entertainment.
Multi-camera comedy HOUSEHOLD NAME has tapped Mary Holland to star opposite Carole Burnett. The project from Amy Poehler’s Paper Kite banner is about a family – parents Tim and Wendy and their kids – who gets a chance to buy the house of their dreams but under extremely abnormal circumstances: The must live with the current owner – an eccentric, larger-than-life actress – until she dies. Holland has been cast as Wendy.
Holland is repped by ICM and Primary Wave Entertainment.
RAISED BY WOLVES has added Lulu Wilson. The half-hour centers on Georgina King who was cast as the lead in the comedy that centers on a single parent and one tough mother with her dad and five offbeat kids, as they try to survive on a shoestring budget in the Midwest. Wilson has been cast as Yoko Gable, a gentle, wide-eyed 11-year-old who wants to save the world.
Former Criminal Minds star Shemar Moore has joined the television reboot of S.W.A.T. The project is based on the movie of the same name and follows a locally born and bred S.W.A.T. lieutenant who is torn between loyalty to the streets and duty to his fellow officers when he’s tasked to run a highly-trained unit that’s the last stop for solving crimes in Los Angeles. Moore is set to play lead lieutenant, Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson, who exudes calmness, but is always ready for action.
Moore is repped by Steven Grossman.
Shazi Raja and Rachel Drance have boarded SALVATION in series regular roles. The drama follows whip-smart MIT grad student Liam and tech billionaire Darius Tanz who bring to a low-level Pentagon official a staggering discovery: An asteroid is just six months away from colliding with Earth. Liam and Darius team to launch a secret project to save the planet – a secret Liam must keep from the ones he loves. Raja has been cast as Amanda Charles, a junior reporter for a D.C. tabloid news site determined to break that one killer story that will launch her career as an investigative journalist – until she discovers the story she’s onto could cause a worldwide panic. Drance will play Zoe, a high school senior near graduation who’s always been an achiever and done the right thing but finds herself taking risks she never though she would after discovering a life-altering secret.
Raja is repped by CornerStone Talent Agency and Authentic Talent and Literary.
The Good Wife alums Archie Panjabi and Rita Wilson are teaming up for the untitled drama pilot fka CONTROVERSY. The university drama centers around the junior counsel of a prestigious Illinois university who must deal with an out-of-control scandal when a young coed accuses several star football players of sexual assault. Panjabi has been cast as Jourdan Price, the crisis management consultant who is brought in to help with the scandal. Wilson has been cast as Constance Hawthorne, the dignified but fierce head of the UCI Board of Trustees.
Panjabi is repped by Gersh.
Wilson is repped by CAA.
Kamal Angelo Bolden has boarded Dick Wolf’s CHICAGO FIRE. Bolden is set to appear in the remaining four to five episodes of the firefighter drama’s current fifth season as a recurring guest star with an option to become a regular in Season 6, pending a renewal. Bolden has been cast as Kannell, a charismatic, magnetic, fun-loving, positive, loyal firefighter with a million-dollar smile. l
Noah Mills is joining military drama FOR GOD AND COUNTRY. The Anne Heche-starrer is described as a heart-pounding look into the complex world of our bravest military heroes who make personal sacrifices while executing the most challenging and dangerous missions behind enemy lines. Mills is set to play Joseph J. McGuire, the fourth member of ISA Special Operations Group Unit 7 and a veteran of the front lines.
Mills is repped by Gersh and Luber Roklin Entertainment.
Seth Meyers and Mike O’Brien’s comedy pilot has added Lyric Lewis. The project centers on 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. Lewis is set as Stef, a teacher at Whitlock High School.
Lewis is repped by CA and Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment.
Kit Harington’s GUNPOWDER has added Edward Holcroft, Shaun Dooley, Tom Cullen, Robert Emms, Derek Riddell, Sian Webber, David Bamber, Kevin Eldon, and Pedro Casablanc. The project follows the real story of the Gunpowder Plot, the 1605 attempt by a group of provincial English Catholics to blow up the House of Lords and kill King James I in order to help restore a Catholic to the throne.
GET SHORTY has booked Antwon Tanner for a recurring role. The series is based on the Elmore Leonard thriller-comedy novel. It tells the story of Miles Daly who works as muscle or a murderous crime ring in Nevada and attempts to change professions and become a movie producer, laundering money through a Hollywood film. Tanner has been cast as Lyle, a mid-level lieutenant in the Josias Ramos’ Nothern Nevada crime ring.
Tanner is repped by Joseph Le Talent Agency and Stagecoach Entertainment.
Just after news of Incorporated‘s cancellation, the series star Sean Teale has now booked a starring role opposite Stephen Moyer in Bryan Singer’s untitled Marvel pilot. The action-adventure focuses on two ordinary parents – the dad played by Moyer – who discover their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive. Teale will play Marcos Diaz, aka Eclipse, a natural rebel compelled by circumstances to cooperate with others. He is a passionate and strong-willed fighter who sometimes lets his emotions overrule reason. His alter ego, Eclipse, possesses the ability to absorb and manipulate photons and is a newly-created mutant for this expanded universe.
Kurt Sutter’s Sons of Anarchy spinoff MAYANS MC has tapped Antonio Jaramillo in a co-starring role. The series is set in the aftermath of Jax Teller’s death and focuses on the struggles of Ezekiel “EZ” Reyes, a prospect in the Mayan MC charter on the California/Mexico border. Jaramillo is set to play Michael “Riz” Ariza, Vice President of the Mayans MC Santo Padre and former leader of a local Mexican MC that was patched over by the Mayans.
Hit crime drama POWER has tapped Maurice Compte for a recurring role. It centers on James “Ghost” St. Patrick, a drug kingpin living a double life who in Season 4 seeks to find redemption. Compte has been cast as Maurice, a high-level drug dealer.
Emily J | TV Editor