Zach Braff’s untitled single-camera comedy has tapped Michael Imperioli for a starring role. The half-hour is based on Alex Blumberg’s podcast, Start Up, is about all the things that happen – the good, the bad, and the ugly – when Alex (Braff), 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. Imperioli has been set as Eddie Cirillo, Alex’s fast-talking, slick, confident, and currently unemployed cousin.
Imperioli is repped by ICM and Tina Thor.
ABC’s flagship family series ONCE UPON A TIME has netted Andrew J. West for a role in the upcoming season six finale, with the potential to continue in the role if the series receives a seventh season renewal. The show, which reimagines classic storylines from fairy tales and literature. Details on West’s role are being kept under wraps, but he reportedly is playing a grown-up who is a kid.
India de Beaufort, Dustin Ybarra, and Chloe East have boarded THE GOSPEL OF KEVIN. The hour-long stars Jason Ritter as Kevin, a down-on-his-luck man who is tasked by God with a mission to save the world. De Beaufort will play Kristin, Kevin’s former girlfriend who now is teaching history at the local high school. Ybarra will Tyler and East has been cast as Kevin’s niece, Amy.
Medical drama THE GOOD DOCTOR has booked Hill Harper and Irene Keng. It is based on the South Korean format and centers on Dr. Shaun Murphy, a brilliant young surgeon with autism who is recruited into the pediatric surgical unit at the prestigious San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital. Hill has been cast as Dr. Horace Andrews, the head of surgery at the hospital. Keng will play Dr. Elle McLean, a resident at the hospital.
Drama pilot WISDOM OF THE CROWD has added Blake Lee and Richard T. Jones in a series regular roles. The project is inspired by the notion that a million minds are better than one, it centers on Jeffery Tanner, played by Jeremy Piven, a charismatic tech innovator who creates a cutting-edge crowd-sourcing hub to solve his own daughter’s murder, as well as revolutionizing crime-solving in San Francisco. Jones has been cast as Detective Cavanaugh, a traditional crime solver who’s recruited by Tanner. Lee has been cast as Josh, the nerdy-cool, head programmer at Tanner’s application, CrowdSolver.
Lucas Hazlett is boarding REAL LIFE where he will star opposite Rebecca Rittenhouse. The half-hour hybrid 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. Hazlett has been cast as Kam, a fun-love gossip who works with Nora.
A.J. Buckley has netted a series regular role on the untitled Navy SEAL drama. The pilot follows the lives of the elite Navy SEALs as they train, plan, and execute the most dangerous, high-stakes missions our country can ask. Buckley has been cast as Sonny, a strong fighter combatting self-destructive tendencies, always at the edge of exploding, but hugely loyal to Jason and his team.
Jenny Lumet’s untitled project has cast Kevin Daniels in a series regular role. It centers on an elite team of investigators for the Northeast Regional U.S. Hate Crimes Unit who solve myriad crimes against humanity as they confront their own biases. Daniels has been cast as Markus, an intellectually curious detective and devoted priest.
When We Rise actor Rafael de la Fuente has joined Grant Show for the DYNASTY reboot. The new incarnation follows two of America’s wealthiest families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, as they feud for control over their fortune and their children. De la Fuente has been cast as Sam, a cute schemer who has a one night stand with Steven, the rebel son of Blake Carrington.
De la Fuente is repped by Abrams Artists.
VALOR has tapped W. Tre Davis for a series regular role. The thriller examines the boundaries between military discipline and human desire on a U.S. Army base that houses an elite unit of helicopter pilots trained to perform clandestine international and domestic missions. Davis will play Jimmy, who’s married to Jess and the father of Max. he is the chief of the helicopter flight crew.
Stranger Things‘ Shannon Purser has boarded DRAMA HIGH. The pilot from Jason Katims was inspired by the story of groundbreaking high school drama teacher Lou Volpe as chronicled in the book of the same name. It revolves around an extraordinary working-class high school drama department and the incredible students who come alive under a passionate teacher and family man whose dedication to the program galvanizes the entire town. Purser has been cast as Annabelle, one of the students in the town who works harder than anyone else to make the cast of Spring Awakening despite not fitting the exact mold of what everyone has in mind.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia‘s Glenn Howerton has signed on to star with Patton Oswalt in Seth Meyers’ untitled comedy pilot. It centers on Howerton as Jack, 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 those who wronged him. Oswalt has been cast as Principal Durbin, Jack’s boss and a timid, petite, nervous mouse of a man who sometimes tries to scold jack and Jack just hugs him.
Jerod Haynes has joined drama pilot REDLINERS. The project mixes humor, romance, and espionage in the tone of Mr. and Mrs. Smith. It follows a pair of former operatives, Anne and Holt, who get reactivated and drawn into a larger conspiracy while attempting to maintain their undercover lives. Haynes will play Holt, an FBI agent posing as a basketball coach at Anne’s college.
Billy Ray Cyrus’s comedy series STILL THE KING has landed Austin Swift, Arden Myrin, and Natalie Dreyfuss for guest spots on season two. In the show, Vernon is fresh of jail and determined to reclaim his position as a country music superstar while being present in the lives of Charlotte and Debbie. Faced with the possibility of being a father to Debbie’s unborn child, Vernon must balance his desires for fame and family. Swift will play Tyler, the manager of Nashville’s premier music venue. Myrin will play Kaitlynn, a single mother who manages the local bar, Betty’s. Dreyfuss will play Leia, Walt’s equally-as-quirky love interest who just so happens to be dating Walt’s arch nemesis, Reggie.
Amy Adams-starrer SHARP OBJECTS has landed Eliza Scanlen for a lead role. Marti Noxon penned the Gillian Flynn adaptation, which centers on Adams as reporter Camille Preaker. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. Trying to put together a psychological puzzle from her past, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims a bit too closely. Scanlen has been cast as Amma, the 13-year-old half-sister of Camille.
Comedy series CASUAL has tapped Nadine Nicole, Austin Basis, and Kerri Kenney for recurring roles for season three. Following the big season two ending, season three will center on the fallout as everyone adjusts to the new normal. Nicole has been cast as Casey, a captivating environmental activist who enjoys the power that comes from dedicating her life to worthwhile causes. Basis will play Ethan, a student in Valerie’s storytelling class and sometime drinking buddy. Kenney has been cast as Joanna, a teacher of a storytelling class who takes her work very seriously.
Nicole is repped by Sovereign Talent Group and Mark Schumacher Management.
Basis is repped by Don Buchwald & Associates and Ramos Management.
Kenney is repped by Gersh and Principato Young Entertainment.
Marti Noxon and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro’s UNREAL has booked Brandon Jay McLaren for a recurring role in the third season. The show depicts a fictionalized behind-the-scenes shenanigans of a Bachelor-type series. McLaren has been cast as Dr. Simon, an excellent psychologist brought in by Quinn to work on the show-within-the-show, Everlasting.
Emily J | TV Editor