Mae Whitman has landed a lead role in NBC drama GOOD GIRLS. The series follows three “good girl” suburban wives and mothers who, suddenly face with dire circumstances, decide to stop playing it safe and risk everything to take their power back. Whitman will play Annie, a single mom who agrees to help her older sister Beth rob a store, if only so that she can afford a good child custody attorney.
She is repped by ICM.
DESIGNATED SURVIVOR has added Geoff Pierson in a recurring role. The hit, ABC drama is currently on hiatus. The casting is a reunion for Pierson with the show’s star, Kiefer Sutherland. The two previously appeared together in Fox’s 24. On Designated Survivor, which stars Sutherland as a man who unexpectedly becomes President after an attack on Washington, Pierson will play the former President of the United States, Cornelius Moss.
He is repped by Wright Entertainment.
Greg Berlanti has cast Ilfenesh Hadera as the female lead in his ABC drama pilot DECEPTION. The drama procedural centers on superstar magician Cameron Black. When his career is ruined by scandal, he has only one place to turn to practice his art of deception, illusion, and influence: the FBI. He’ll become the world’s first consulting illusionist, helping the government solve crimes that defy explanation and trap criminals and spies by using deception. Hadera will play Kay Daniels, a hard-working FBI special agent who joins Black.
She is repped by Gersh and Untitled Entertainment.
ABC comedy START UP starring Zach Braff has added The Good Place‘s Tiya Sircar in a series regular role. The show is about all the things that happen – the good, the bad, and the ugly – when Alex, a guy in his mid-30s with a wife and two kids, makes the crazy decision to quit his good job and dive into the brave new world of starting a business. Sircar has been cast as Alex’s wife, Noush, an attorney.
She is repped by Gersh and Link Entertainment.
SEARCHERS, the CW drama from Jason Rothenberg, has tapped Jeanine Mason in a series regular role. The hour-long is about a group of unlikely heroes who find themselves on the journey of a lifetime. Ten years after the death of their parents, a pragmatic brother and free-spirited sister are forced to team up when they learn that their mother’s terrifying and bizarre stories might be a roadmap to discover the great legends, myths, and unexplainable mysteries of the world. Mason has won the role of Juniper, a girl who has spent 22 hard years on Earth and is a cunning and audacious thief with her own fair share of run-ins with the law.
She is repped by 3 Arts Entertainment.
NBC has booked Rebecca Creskoff in the lead role opposite Kenneth Choi and Isabella Russo in the untitled, single-camera comedy from Kourtney Kang and Nahnatchka Khan. The series is based on Kang’s life and follows a young Katie, exploring what it’s like to grow up as the only girl in the only mixed-race family the in the suburbs of Philadelphia. She deals with real-world issues like race and gender while never losing focus of her life goal: to become a Laker Girl like her idol, Paula Abdul.
Former Numb3rs castmember Sophina Brown is joining CBS drama ZOO in a recurring role. The series chronicles a wave of violent animal attacks against humans. Brown will play Leanne Ducovny, the tough-minded and articulate CEO of a pharmaceutical firm who is fighting to change the world.
Emily J | TV Editor