TV CASTING ROUND-UP: Minnie Driver Returns To Television With ABC Drama “Speechless”

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is headed back to television in the ABC comedy from Scott Silveri and 20th Century Fox TV. will join her as the series’ young lead. The comedy centers on a family with a special-needs child that is good at dealing with the challenges it faces and excellent at creating new ones. Driver will play the mother, Maya, who is fiercely protective of her non-verbal son, JJ. Cook is set as Ray, the youngest of the family’s three boys.

This is a return to network comedies for Driver, who most recently starred in NBC’s single camera adaptation of the film ABOUT A BOY. She also starred in the miniseries The Red Tent. She is repped by and . Cook is repped by Coast To Coast Talent Group and Primary Wave Entertainment.


has booked , the multi-camera pilot from CBS starring Joel McHale and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. The show centers on McHale as an adventure reporter who must adapt to the times when he becomes boss to a group of millennials in the digital department of their magazine. Fry will play Antonio, the charismatic founder of “The Great Outdoors” magazine.

Fry is repped by and in the UK.


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has been tapped for the female lead role opposite Clive Standen in NBC’s prequel series. She will play Christina Hart, the Special Deputy Director of National Intelligence who has taken Mills under wing. Cultured and powerful with a wealth of field experience, her current government position has her overseeing an elite team of operatives who take care of America’s national security emergencies.

Beals is repped by .


Beau “Casper” Smart has won the role of Billy Kotsecki in ABC’s three-hour remake of the hit 80s dance movie, . meanwhile, has signed on as Marco, the lead singer and guitarist in Tito Suarez’s band and one of the stars at Kellerman’s.

Smart is repped by and . Johnson is repped by and .


Ghostbusters alum  is joining and in Fox’s drama pilot APB. The series explores what happens when an enigmatic tech billionaire, Gideon Reed, purchases a troubled police precinct in the wake of a loved one’s murder. Hudson is set at Sgt. Ed Conrad, a gruff, grumpy teddy bear veteran cop with the 13th precinct.

Hudson is repped by and .


NCIS’s has signed up for CBS’s drama pilot , playing the lead character inspired by Dr. Phil. The drama is based on the popular daytime talk-show host Dr. Phil’s early days as head of one of the most prolific trial consulting services of all time.

Weatherly is repped by and .


is moving to TRANSYLVANIA. The actress has been cast in a regular role opposite Laura Brent in the CW’s drama pilot, replacing previously cast Amrita Acharia. The pilot is set in 1880 and centers on Victoria (Brent), a headstrong young woman in search of her missing father who ventures fro NYC to where she teams up with a wrongfully disgraced Scotland Yard Detective, and together they witness the births of the most famous monsters and villains in history.

Pernas is repped by and .


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Woody Allen’s untitled Amazon series has tapped , , and for roles. They join previously cast Margaret Ladd, Joy Behar, Rebecca Schull, David Harbour, and Christine Ebersole.

Rapaport is repped by and Partners. Baker is repped by BRS / Gage Talent Agency. Black is repped by .


Shondaland comedy has tapped to co-star opposite Jono Kenyon. The comedy is a hybrid that revolves around engaged couple Max Leeds (Kenyon) and Page (Hinton), who, after their wedding rehearsal dinner, have their eclectic family and friends give toasts recallign anecdotes about the couple but doesn’t always get it right, as we watch the true story of their complicated, funny, and relatable road to marriage.

Hinton is repped by Greene & Associates and .


has booked a role opposite Justin Long in ABC’s , a single camera comedy from Warner Bros. TV. The show centers on Marty Schumacher, played by Long, a recently divorced and eternally optimistic manager of a sporting goods store and also the “damn good” head coach of a nationally ranked soccer program – the one true love in his life. Smith will play Miley, a fantastic soccer who is built like a spark plug and recruited to join Schumacher’s dream team.

Smith is repped by and Morgan.


is set to join Becki Newton in Fox’s untitled Chris Chase comedy. The series follows Jay “Havoc” Hammond (Bellamy), an African-American ex-NFL lineman who recently moved in with his white wife, Christy (Newton), and her two oddball sons, as he struggles to win the most challenging game of his life: fatherhood.

Bellamy is repped by and .


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