Jennifer Hudson, Derek Hough, and Martin Short have signed on for NBC’s HAIRSPRAY LIVE!. The TV event takes place in 1962 Baltimore and follows Tracy Turnblad, who wins a role on The Corny Collins Show and becomes a celebrity overnight and meets a colorful array of characters. Hudson will play Motormouth Maybelle, Hough will be TV host Corny Collins, and Short is set as Wilbur, Turnblad’s father. They join Harvey Fierstein who was previously cast as Edna Turnblad, Wilbur’s wife.
Bill Hader’s HBO pilot BARRY has added Stephen Root to the cast. Hader co-wrote and directs the series which he stars in as an ex-Marine who works as a low-rent hitman in the Midwest. Lonely and dissatisfied in his life he begrudgingly travels to Los Angeles to kill someone and ends up finding an accepting in a group of eager hopefuls within the LA theater scene. Root has been cast as Barry’s lawyer, Fuches, who arranges his hits.
Root is repped by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment.
Netflix’s drama SENSE8 has recast the role of Capheus, who was played by Aml Ameen in season one, will now be played by Toby Onwumere in season two. Capheus is one of the main characters in the series, living in Nairobi who is striving to earn money for his AIDs-stricken mother’s medication. The show centers around Capheus and seven other characters around the world who are mentally and emotionally linked.
Chris Wood has landed a recurring role on season two of PBS’s MERCY STREET. The period drama tells the story of two volunteer nurses working on opposite sides of the Civil War. Wood will play Captain Lance Van Der Berg, a Union captain staying at the Green home.
ANIMAL KINGDOM has cast Caroline Guerra in a recurring role. The upcoming series centers on 17-year-old Joshua “J” Cody, who moves in with his wild, freewheeling grandmother and uncles in their Southern California beach town after his mother ODS. Guerra is set as Lucy, an earthy woman who is sister to a mid-level drug trafficker who has a history with the Codys.
Kathryn Kates has been tapped for a recurring role in AMC’s FEED THE BEAST. The drama centers on two best friends, Tommy and Dion, who take one last shot at their dream of opening a restaurant. Kates has been cast as Ruth Klein, a know-it-all, tough accountant.
Paula Jai Parker is joining season four of RAY DONOVAN in a recurring role. The show stars Liev Schreiber as a professional “fixer” in Los Angeles. Parker will play Sylvie, a lounge singer at Buffalo Bill’s Casino.
Emily J | Staff Writer