Benito Martinez and W. Earl Brown have joined the cast of AMERICAN CRIME, which follows a racially charged murder of a war veteran and the subsequent trial. Martinez will play Alonzo, a hardworking, middle-class widowed father whose son is accused of the crime while Brown will play Tom, the emotionally distraught father of Lily, widow of the murdered war vet. Martinez and Brown are repped by SDB Partners and Greene & Associates respectively.
Yara Shahidi will star in the previously titled BLACKISH, which follows an upper-middle-class black man who struggles to raise his children with some sense of cultural identity despite constant contradictions. Shahidi will play Zoey his teen daughter. She is repped by Coast to Coast Talent Group.
Spencer Grammer has joined the comedy pilot SAINT FRANCIS, which follows Francis Quinlan, a no-nonsense, blue-collar Long Island cop and family man who butts heads with the modern, liberal world when his 29-year-old sister Heather gets pregnant out of wedlock. Grammer will play his sister Heather. She is repped by UTA.
Fran Kranz has joined the drama pilot EXPOSED, which revolves around Anna, an investigative journalist who will stop at nothing to uncover the truth including making questionable alliances. Franz will play Anna’s younger brother, a tech genius who runs a corporation and has top-secret security clearance. He is repped by UTA.
Damon Herriman has joined the cast of BATTLE CREEK, which follows Detective Russ Agnew and FBI agent Milton Bradley, who have very different worldviews but are teamed up to clean up the semi-mean streets of Battle Creek, MI. Herriman, known for “Justified”, will play Detective Niblet, a nice guy who looks up to Detective Funkhauser. He is repped by APA.
Sepideh Moafi has joined the cast of RED ZONE, which follows retired CIA operative Holden Weller who, when a terrorist event rocks Washington, D.C., is pulled back into action, and forced to investigate closer to home where the next generation of terrorists is being bred. Moafi will play Frida, a Westernized Algerian woman who’s keeping a lot of secrets. She is repped by Abrams Artists Agency.
Bebe Neuwirth and Erich Bergen have joined the cast of MADAM SECRETARY, which follows the personal and professional life of maverick female Secretary of State Elizabeth McGill. Neuwirth, repped by ICM, will play Elizabeth’s Chief Of Staff. Bergen will play Elizabeth’s young, loyal assistant, and the only person on her staff she actually hired. He is repped by Don Buchwald & Associates.
Patricia Arquette will star in an untitled CSI spinoff, which will focus on how technology has reached a point where faceless criminals can commit major crimes with the touch of a button. Arquette will play Avery Ryan, who is tasked with solving high octane crimes that start out in the cyber world and play out in real life. She is repped by Gersh.
Patrick Sabongui has joined the cast of THE FLASH, which follows Barry Allen, who through a freak accident is given the power of super speed that transforms him into the Fastest Man Alive. Sabongui will play Captain David Singh.
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Gabriel Luna has landed the lead of MATADOR, which follows the unlikely rise of Antonio “Matador” Bravo (Luna), a popular soccer star who in reality uses his sports career for cover as a skilled covert operative executing missions for a little known branch of the CIA.
Christina Kirk has joined the comedy pilot A to Z, which follows the relationship between a young couple, Andrew and Zelda, from meeting to breakup. Kirk will play Lydia, nickname Big Bird, the general manager of an online dating company where Andrew works who believes that her job is not to help people find love but to keep them paying the monthly membership fee. She is repped by The Kohner Agency.
Virginia Madsen will costar in BABYLON FIELDS, which revolves around a town’s residents coming back from the dead. Madsen will play Rhonda Wunch, CDC scientist Thomas Wunch’s mother who is close to her son and wants him to stay home in Babylon. She is repped by UTA.
Mary-Louise Parker has landed a role in the pilot FEED ME, which follows a dysfunctional family bound by love and the restaurant they run together. Parker will play Emma, the mother of the family. She is repped by WME.
Tara Holt has joined the upcoming (and last) season of CALIFORNICATION in a recurring role. She will play will play Melanie, Rath’s gorgeous assistant whose presence causes a commotion in the writers room. Holt is repped by Nancy Chaidez & Associates.
Teyonah Parris has joined the cast of SURVIVOR’S REMORSE, which follows Cam Calloway, a basketball phenom in his early 20s who is suddenly thrust into the limelight after signing a multimillion-dollar contract with a professional basketball team in Atlanta. Cam, along with his cousin and confidant Reggie Vaughn (RonReaco Lee), move to Georgia to start Cam’s journey to success. Parris will play Missy, Reggie’s wife. She is repped by APA.
Julia Stiles has landed the lead in GUILT BY ASSOCIATION, which revolves around Rachel Knight (Stiles), a talented, unorthodox and impulsive Deputy DA in the LA County District Attorney’s office who sometimes operates outside the law in order to uphold it. Stiles is repped by ICM.