Bates Motel’s Freddie Highmore is set to headline the medical drama pilot THE GOOD DOCTOR. The series from David Shore stars Daniel Dae Kim and is based on the South Korean format. It centers on a young surgeon with Savant syndrome who is recruited into the pediatric surgical unit of a prestigious hospital. Highmore will play Dr. Murphy, a young man with autism and is awkward at the best of times, not good with social interaction but possessed of an engaging honesty and directness.
Marc Cherry and Reba McEntire’s ABC pilot has added Saamer Usmani and W. Earl Brown. The show stars McEntire as Ruby Adair, the sheriff of colorful small town Oxblood, KY, who finds her red-state outlook challenged when Tag Fayad, a young FBI agent of Middle Eastern descent, is sent to help her solve a horrific crime. Usmani will play Fayad and Brown will play Deputy Joe Paul, who works under Ruby and shares immense tension with Fayad.
THE CROSSING has tapped Sandrine Holt as the female lead in the pilot from Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie. The project centers around refugees from a war torn country who start showing up to seek asylum in an American town. But the country these people are from is America and the war they are fleeing is 250 years in the future. The local sheriff with a past, a federal agent and a mother in search of her missing refugee daughter, drive this allegory with a surprising conspiracy at the center. Holt has been cast as Emma Peralta, a federal customs agent who is all business, and her keen mind is always processing its surroundings, which allows her to perpetually exude control amongst chaos.
The untitled Paul Attanasio project has tapped David Castaneda for a key series role. The show centers on the multi-generational members of a Mexican-American family with deep roots in San Diego who intertwine personally and professionally due to their powerful careers in law enforcement. Castaneda has been cast as Bembe Medina, the Chief’s son and a cop in Tijuana who works his beat with Yuni, his twin brother.
Brian Unger has booked a role on ME, MYSELF & I from Dan Kopelman. The show focuses on three distinct periods in one man’s life: as a 14-year-old in 1991, a 40-year-old in present day, and a 65-year-old in 2042. Unger is set as Ron, a commercial airline pilot and Alex’s new stepfather.
REAL LIFE has added Rebecca Rittenhouse to the cast. Te project from Hilary Winston, Carter Bays, and Craig Thomas chronicles the relationship of two 20-somethings, Nora and Drew, who go from being co-workers on opposite coasts to working in the same office. Rittenhouse plays Nora, who is smart, creative, funny, and refreshingly honest.
Rittenhouse is repped by Gersh and Management 360.
Dramedy pilot LIFE SENTENCE has landed Gillian Vigman in a series regular role. The show stars Lucy Hale as Stella, a young woman diagnosed with terminal cancer. When she finds out that she’s not dying after all, she has to learn to live with the choices she made when she decided to “live like she was dying.” Vigman has been cast as Ida, Stella’s mother and the glue that held her family together, until she decides to shirk her maternal responsibility and follow her heart into a relationship with another woman.
Robert Christopher Riley has netted a series regular role in the DYNASTY pilot. The reboot of the iconic, 1980s soap follows two of America’s wealthiest families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, as they feud for control over their fortune and their children. Riley has been cast as Culhane, the Carrington family’s well-paid chauffeur.
Alex McGregor is joining Zane Holtz in the Greg Berlanti-produced SEARCHERS from The 100’s Jason Rothenberg. The hour-long is about a group of unlikely heroes who find themselves on the journey of a lifetime. Ten years after the deaths of their parents, Cooper and his free-spirited sister Fable are forced to team up when they learn that their mother’s terrifying and bizarre stories might be a road map to discovering the great legends, myths, and unexplainable mysteries of the world. McGregor is set as Fable.
McGregor is repped by Authentic Talent and Literary and APM.
VALOR has booked Charlie Barnett for a series regular role. The serialized military drama looks at the boundaries between military discipline and human desire are tested on a U.S. Army base that houses an elite unit of helicopter pilots, trained to perform clandestine international and domestic missions. Barnett has been cast as Ian, a West Point graduate who works as a Special Ops intelligence officer.
Barnett is repped by Gersh and Simmons and Scott Entertainment.
Good Wife and Gilmore Girls alum Matt Czuchry has been tapped to star opposite Bruce Greenwood and Manish Dayal in THE RESIDENT. The project centers on Devon Pravesh, an idealistic young doctor who begins his first day under the supervision of a tough, brilliant, and cocky senior resident, Conrad Hawkins, played by Czuchry, who pulls the curtain back on all of the good and evil in modern day medicine.
Czuchry is repped by Gersh and Thruline Entertainment.
Mary Sohn has joined Seth Meyers and Mike O’Brien’s single-camera comedy in a series regular role. 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 the those who wronged him. Sohn has been cast as Mary, a loud and sassy art teacher at Whitlock High, the kind of teacher who tells her students to draw a flattering picture of her to take home to their dads.
Sohn is repped by Prestige Talent Agency.
Scream Queens star Keke Palmer has joined Epix flagship drama BERLIN STATION. The spy drama takes a look at the activity of a CIA office on a global stage in the midst of an investigation into a now-famous whistleblower. Palmer has been cast as April Lewis, the newest and youngest case officer assigned to Berlin Station on her first field assignment after making her mark as an analyst at Langley.
Joe Williamson and Andy Bean have boarded Alan Ball’s untitled drama starring Tim Robbins and Holly Hunter. The drama focuses on a contemporary, multiracial family: a philospher professor, his lawyer wife, their three adopted children, and their sole biological child. The seemingly perfect, progressive family is in actuality harboring deep rifts. Then one of the children begins to see things others cannot. Williamson will play Malcolm Smith, an assistant personal trainer for the Portland women’s soccer team, and Bean plays Henry, a mysterious free spirit who longs for a simple life outside the city, away from the noise and clamor of civilization.
Rain Valdez has landed a recurring role in Geore Lopez’s season two sitcom LOPEZ. She will play Coco, a pretty and enigmatic transgender female actor who is under contract at a network, whose executives are not sure how to cast her or even talk to her. While they initially struggle, the pair ultimately realize they may be more alike than they originally thought.
Valdez is repped by ATN Entertainment.
Emily J | TV Editor