Micah Fowler has been cast in ABC’s comedy pilot SPEECHLESS, opposite Minnie Driver and John Ross Bowie. The series is about a family with a special-needs child. Fowler, who has cerebral palsy, with portray JJ, family’s eldest child, who is nonverbal. According to contributor Andrew Woodberry in his pilot season preview, Speechless is one of the season’s best scripts.
Fowler is repped by Paradigm.
Tony winner Nina Arianda will star opposite Billy Bob Thornton in TRIAL, the Amazon drama from David E. Kelley. The series centers on Billy McBride (Thornton), who was once a big and powerful lawyer. He has since become a shall of his former self after losing a case that saw an innocent kid murdered. Still hanging onto his dry charisma, Bill is now going head-to-head against his former law partner Cooper, bringing a case against him which begins to stir in him his old amition. Arianda will play Patt Solis-Papagian, a fast-taslking, go-getter attorney.
Arianda is repped by ICM Partners.
Gail O’Grady has been set as a series regular in NBC’s MIRANDA’S RIGHTS. The legal soap follows an idealistic group of lawyers – Young Law Group – who not only work together but live together at their start-up firm. O’Grady will play Karen Klein, a whip-smart, formidable career woman who is head of the Klein & Associates law firm.
JR Bourne and Toby Hemingway have locked series roles alongside Cote de Pablo and Jack Davenport in Syfy drama pilot PROTOTYPE. The series centers on three unlikely cohorts who inadvertently stumble upon an invention that challenges the very nature of quantum physics – a discover which in turn puts their lives in grave danger. Bourne will play Ethan, the husband to de Pablo’s Laura. Hemingway is sett as Forde, a model-actor.
CHICAGO JUSTICE, the fourth installment in Dick Wolf’s Chicago franchise at NBC, has tapped Ryan-James Hatanaka for series regular role. The series will be introduced later this season on Chicago PD. Hatanaka will play investigator Daren Okada who is working alongside fellow investigator Lori Nagel (Joelle Carter).
Caitlin McGee and Eugene Cordero have landed regular roles in CRUNCH TIME. NBC’s hybrid game show/comedy pilot from Betsy Thomas intercuts between a real game show and the scripted workplace. It center on Emily, an up-and-coming producer trying to wrangle the volatile host, Toby (Ferguson). McGee will play Hailey, Emily’s assistant while Cordero is set as Ming Zevallos, a game producer.
McGee is repped Gersh. Cordero is repped by Global Artists Agency and Principato Young.
Bosch and 24‘s Sarah Clarke has won the coveted guest starring role of Tess on NCIS. Tess Monroe is an FBI Special Agent who has recently transferred to D.C. from New York City. A multiple divorcee, Tess has no kids so she views her fellow agents as family. The role will appear in the final two episodes of the long running series’ current season.
Clarke is repped by Gersh and Levine Management.
Owen Smith is joining Sebastian Maniscalco and Tony Danza in NBC’s multi-cam SEBASTIAN. The comedy chronicles Sebastian’s (Maniscalco) old-school values, instilled by his opinionated Italian father, which are constantly put to the test by his new life, her family, and the absurdities of the modern world. Smith will play Kev, Sebastian’s beleaguered friend/security guard, who is still single and a little clueless about everything.
Sandrine Holt, Michael Maize, Dorothi Fox, and Luke Robertson have all been added to MR. ROBOT season two in recurring roles. Holt will play Susan Jacobs, an Evil Corp General Counsel who unsuspectingly fits into fsociety’s plans. Maize will play Lone Star, a Texas native and an off-balanced associate of Ray (Craig Robinson). Fox is set as Nell, the blunt, opinionated mother of core fsociety member, Romero. Finally, Robertson will play RT, a previous employee of Elliot’s new confidant Ray, who’s known for his IT skills.
Enrique Murciano has landed a role in BROKEN, the ABC drama starring Anna Paquin. The series follows the personal and professional life of Gemma (Paquin), a ruthless divorce attorney in Dallas whose life begins to unravel when her emotionally damaged, love-addicted sister resurfaces, triggering self-destructive tendencies and exposing long-hidden family secrets. Murciano will play Peter, Gemma’s childhood friend-turned-nemesis.
He is repped by Gersh and Management 360.
NO TOMORROW has tapped Jesse Rath for a series regular role as Timothy. The series follows Tori Anderson as Evie, as a risk-averse, straight arrow procurement manager at an Amazon-like distribution center who falls in love with a freewheeling man who lives life to the fullest because he believes the apocalypse is imminent, to comedic and poignant results as they embark on a quest together to fulfill their individual bucket lists. Timothy is Evie’s ex-boyfriend – the guy she probably “should” marry.
Christine Horn is set for the untitled Weeks/Mackay comedy from ABC. The single-cam centers on lesbian Hilda and her best friend Randall, a neurotic straight guy, as they navigate their dysfunctional, co-dependent friendship and the world of dating. Horn has been cast at Gail, a slightly pretentious ex-lawyer who gave up the rat race to open a bar in Austin with her girlfriend, where she mothers everybody.
Emily J | Staff Writer