Felicity Huffman, who currently stars on John Ridley’s American Crime, has joined Ridley’s new drama pilot PRESENCE in a guest role. The show is a stylish update of the classic detective genre as it follows Presence Foster, a former Army veteran who finds herself interacting with a colorful cross-section of Los Angeles as she begins a career as an unlicensed Private Investigator.
Huffman is repped by CAA.
Julie Berman has been bumped up to recurring for season two of Hulu’s hit series CASUAL, and Katie Aselton, best known for The League, has joined in a recurring role. Aselton will play Jennifer, a therapist who takes the vacant office next to Valerie, played by star Michaela Watkins.
Royal Pains star Mark Feuerstein has signed on for a major recurring role in Fox’s PRISON BREAK event series, a follow-up to the 2005 drama starring Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell who will return in their original roles. Feuerstein is set as Scott Ness, the husband of Dr. Sara Tancredi who appeared in the original series as well played by Sarah Wayne Callies.
After previously starring together in Showtime’s Weeds, Elizabeth Perkins and Kevin Nealon have been cast in an untitled royal family comedy pilot from Charlie Grandy. The pilot is executive produced and directed by Amy Poehler. The pair will play the king and queen of the fictional country Modaria, known to the manufacture of mopeds and tiny cars, where the Faber family has ruled for generations.
Perkins and Nealon are both repped by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
Clive Standen has landed the role of a young Bryan Mills in NBC’s straight-to-series adaptation of TAKEN. The movie the series is based on stars Liam Neeson in the same role as he searches for his kidnapped daughter. Standen currently stars as Rollo on History’s drama series The Vikings.
Vanessa Hudgens has signed on for the superhero comedy POWERLESS at NBC from Warner Bros. TV. The series is a workplace comedy at one of the worst insurance companies in the U.S. – it just happens to insure some of the biggest heroes and villains in the DC universe. Hudgens is set as Emily Locke, an insurance claims adjuster who loves her job, who likes to fly under the radar but finds herself increasingly exasperated by the antics of the various Superheroes that proliferate in her city.
Briga Heelan has won the lead role in NBC’s untitled comedy from Tracey Wigfield project, executive produced by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. Heelan is best known for her work on the sitcoms Ground Floor and Undateable. She joins previously cast Andrea Martin, Kimrie Lewis-Davis, and Adam Campbell.
Heelan is repped by Gersh and Thruline.
She is repped by Curtis Talent Management.
ONE DAY AT A TIME, Netflix’s Latino remake of the Norman Lear sitcom, has found its new matriarch in Justina Machado. She stars int he multi-cam comedy penned by Gloria Calderon Kellett as Penelope, a recently separated former military mom who is navigating a new single life while raising her radical teenaged daughter and socially adept ‘tween son with the help of her Cuban-born mom and a friends-without-benefits building manager.
Machado is repped by D2 Management and APA.
Aimee Teegarden, best known for getting her start on Jason Katims’s Friday Night Lights, will star in NOTORIOUS, the ABC drama from Josh Berman and Allie Hagan. The series is inspired by the relationship between famed criminal defnese attorney Mark Geragos and Larry King Live EP Wendy Walker.
Teegarden is repped by Innovative Artists and Principato Young Entertainment.
SIX, the military action series from A+E Studios and The Weinstein Company, has booked Nadine Velasquez and Brianne Davis. Written by William and David Broyles, the series follows a brotherhood of modern American warriors, Navy SEAL Team Six, whose 2014 mission to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan goes awry.
Velasquez has been cast as Jacki, a military wife whose husband Ricky is considering retirement. Davis is set as Lena, John Graves’s wife and a teacher.
Leonard Earl Howze has joined Kevin James and Ryan Cartwright’s untitled comedy for CBS. The series centers on a newly retired police officer who looks forward to spending more quality time with his wife and three kids – only to discover he faces much tougher challenges at home than he ever did on the streets.
THE GREAT INDOORS has added Chris Williams to the Joel McHale-starring series from Mike Gibbons. Williams will play Eddie, McHale’s best friend, who invites his friend to live in the house he inherited from his mother.
THE JURY has given a series regular role to Hina Abdullah. The series examines the “ultimate social experiment” as a person’s fate is placed in the hands of 12 strangers, as the season follows a single murder trial as it explores the biases and experiences that influence the jurors’ judgement, and how their preconceptions change along the way.
Abdullah is repped by Abrams Artists Agency and Principato Young Entertainment.
Alex Gonzalez and Augusto Aguilera have been cast in CITIZEN, a supernatural drama from Hulu and director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. Gonzalez will play the series’ stoic hero who must reconcile a crushing guild from a tragic past. Aquilera is Julio, a small town dreamer in over his head in the Los Angeles underworld.
The X-Men universe continues to expand as Amber Midthunder joins the ranks of the the FX pilot LEGION from Noah Hawley, Marvel TV, and FX Productions. The series follows David Haller, the son of X-Men founder Charles Xavier. Midthunder is set to play Kerry, a savant who has lived a lived a sheltered, but never dull life. She joins previously cast Dan Stevens (as Haller), Aubrey Plaza, Jean Smart, and Rachel Keller.
She is repped by Gersh, Principal LA, and Gotham/Principal Entertainment LA.
Freeform has cast Emily Tremaine who can currently be seen in HBO’s Vinyl as the co-lead in their picked up series GUILT. She plays a boston prosecutor who heads to London after her sister is accused of murder in a case similar the real-life case of Amanda Knox. The script was written, created, and executive produced by Kathryn Price and Nichole Millard.
Tremaine is repped by Gersh and Bold.
THE LAST TYCOON from Amazon has set Jessica de Gouw in a recurring role in the pilot based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final unfinished novel.
Caitlin Stasey, best known for starring in the CW’s Reign, has been cast opposite Natalie Martinez in A.P.B. The pilot from David Slack and Len Wiseman for Fox will see Stasey as Ada Hamilton, a striking, fiercely intelligent, cynical, and tough head of the team of tech troubleshooters.
She is repped by Gersh and Authentic.
TRANSYLVANIA is bringing in Australian actress Laura Brent for the female role of Victoria who ventures from NYC to Transylvania in 1880 where she teams up with a wrongfully disgraced Scotland Yard Detective and witness the births of the most famous monsters and villains in history. The pilot was written by Hugh Sterbakov and directed by Jason Ensler.
Conor Leslie has booked a starring role in SHOTS FIRED, while Manny Perez has joined in a recurring role. The buzzy project from Gina Prince-Blythewood and Brian Grazer examines the dangerous aftermath of racially charged shootings in a small Tennessee town.
Emily J | Staff Writer