Kathleen Robertson has joined the cast of A&E’s BATES MOTEL. She will be appearing as Jodi, a strong minded business woman, in the show’s second season. Michael O’Neill will also be joining the show as Nick, a father seeking vengeance on his daughter’s killer. Robertson was last seen in “A Night for Dying Tigers”, “Losing Control” and “Down the Road Again.” She will be appearing in “The Vatican Tapes” next year and will have a one episode arc as Hildy Mulligan on the TNT show “MURDER in the 1st.” She is repped by Paradigm. O’Neill is best known for his short arcs on shows such as “Vegas”, “Necessary Roughness” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” In the feature film world, he has most recently appeared in “J. Edgar” and “Green Zone.” He is currently filming his role as Senator Roland Foulkes on the Sundance Channel’s “Rectify” and will also be appearing in Mark Robert Ellis’ “One Heart.” O’Neill is repped by Mitchell K. Stubbs & Associates.
Andre Holland, Juliet Rylance, Eve Hewson and Michael Angarano have officially joined Cinemax’s THE KNICK. Penned by Michael Begler and Jack Amiel, the show will focus on the nurses and doctors working at Knickerbocker Hospital in 1900’s New York, who pushed the boundaries of medicine beyond anything thought capable in a time with insanely high mortality rates. Steven Soderbergh is currently slated to direct all 10 episodes of the series in which Clive Owen is already slated to star in. Holland will be playing Algernon, a Harvard trained surgeon fighting for the slightest amount of respect in the workplace. He is best known for his supporting role as Wendell Smith in “42” and as Leon in Salty Features’ indie comedy “Small, Beautifully Moving Parts”. He was last seen as Marshall Malloy in NBC’s “1600 Penn”. Holland is repped by Paradigm. Rylance will play Cornelia, a social worker who’s physical contributions to the hospital are shadowed by her father’s monetary donations. She is best known for her performance opposite Ethan Hawke in “Sinister” and her role as Janelle in “Frances Ha”. She will be returning to the big screen this year in “Adam Shaw” and will appear and produce “Days and Nights”. Rylance is repped by Gersh. Hewson will play Lucy, a wide eyed nurse who has come to NYC seeking adventure. She is best known for her performances in “This Must Be the Place” and in “Blood Ties”. She’ll be appearing this year in Nicole Holofcener’s “Enough Said”. Angarano will play Dr. Bertram Chickering Jr., a talented surgeon-in-training who has come for the Knickerbocker’s exciting yet chaotic environment. He last appeared in “The Brass Teapot”, “Empire State” and “The English Teacher”. Both Angarano and Hewson are repped by UTA.
Bex Taylor-Klaus, star of “The Killing”, has nabbed a recurring role on CW’s superhero show ARROW. She will be playing the character Sin on the show that chronicles the adventures of DC Comics superhero Green Arrow. Sin will appear in the second and third episodes of the upcoming new season as a good friend of Black Canary. Taylor-Klaus is best known for her current role as Bullet in AMC’s “The Killing”. Before her breakout role in the Seattle based crime drama, Taylor-Klaus had a guest appearance on the Blip TV series “Hit Me Up!” and played Debbie in Aaron Daniel Jacob’s short film “Mental Intervention.” Taylor-Klaus is repped by The Corsa Agency.
“Prime Suspect” actor Tim Griffin and “Charlie St. Cloud” actor Charlie Tahan have joined the cast of Fox’s event series WAYWARD PINES. Based on the Blake Crouch novel “Pines”, the show follows secret service Ethan Burke as he travels to the small town of Wayward Pines, ID to find his two missing partners, but his visit only offers more mysteries. Griffin will play Adam Hassler, Ethan’s boss and the director of the secret service. Tahan is set to play Ethan’s son. Griffin was last seen as Dre in Marcus Dunstan’s “The Collection” and in John Bonito’s “Carjacked.” He will be returning to the big screen this year in “The Option ARM” and “Not Safe For Work.” Griffin is repped by Pakula/King & Associates. Tahan is best known for starring opposite Zac Efron in “Charlie St. Cloud.” He was most recently seen in “Blue Jasmine” and “Blood Ties”, and will be appearing in both “The Harvest” and “Life of Crime” this year. Tahan is repped by Abrams Artists Agency.
Rapper and actor Kid Cudi has officially joined the cast of Fox’s upcoming comedy BROOKLYN NINE-NINE. In the show, from “Parks and Recreation” scribes Mike Schur and Dan Goor, Cudi will appear as ex-con Dustin Whitman and will be the main suspect in Jake’s (Andy Samberg) jewel heist case. Cudi was last seen in Denis Hennelly’s comedic drama “Goodbye World” and in Kanye West’s short film “Cruel Summer.” He also wrote, produced, directed, starred and scored the music videos “King Wizard” and “Just What I Am.” He will be appearing in “Need for Speed” and “The Ever After” next year, but will be hitting the silver screen this year in Max Nichols’ “Two Night Stand”. Cudi is repped by WME.
Fox’s cop comedy BROOKLYN NINE-NINE has added another name to its growing roster of talent. “Oz” actor Dean Winters has landed a guest appearance on the show as Warren Pembroke, agent of the Major Crimes Unit and rival of Andy Samberg’s character Jake. Winters is best known for his roles as Johnny Gavin in FX’s “Rescue Me”, Ryan O’Reily in HBO’s “Oz” and Dennis Duffy in NBC’s “30 Rock.” He most recently appeared in James Oakley’s “The Devil You Know” and David Kaplan’s “Today’s Special.” He has had multiple arcs and guest appearances on NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” as Detective Brian Cassidy. Winters is repped by UTA.
Josh Gad has secured a lead role in FX’s comedy pilot THE COMEDIANS. The Larry Charles directed show follows a rising comedian (Gad) who is booked for a late night sketch comedy routine alongside an aging comedy mega star (Billy Crystal). Gad was last seen in “The Internship”, “She Wants Me” and “Jobs”. His best performances though were as Miles in “21” and as Josh Randall in “Love & Other Drugs”. He will be voicing the character Olaf in the upcoming Disney animated film “Frozen” and will have an unknown role in Zach Braff’s Kickstarter funded “Wish I Was Here”. Gad is repped by ICM.
Adam Rayner has grabbed the lead role in FX’s drama pilot TYRANT. The Gideon Raff created show follows an average American family that is thrown into the violent inner workings of a Middle Eastern nation. Rayner is set to star as Barry, the father of the family. Moran Atias, Sammy Sheik, Ashraf Barhom and Sibylla Deen are attached to star in the pilot as well. Rayner is best known for his roles as Jago in Dan Reed’s “Closure”, as Steve Shaw in TNT’s medical drama “Hawthorne” and as Dominic Montgomery in BBC’s “Mistresses.” He was most recently seen in Alex Orwell’s “The Task” and Luis CÃ¡mara’s “Steel Trap.” He will be appearing in “Tracers” and the TV movie “The Whale”, which are both in post-production. Rayner is repped by Innovative Artists.
Lindsay Lohan has nabbed a role on HBO’s comedy EASTBOUND & DOWN. Who Lohan will be playing in the show’s final season is still unclear, but we do know that she will appear in some sort of flash forward scene dealing with a wedding. Lohan is best known for her roles in Mark Waters’ “Mean Girls” and in Angela Robinson’s “Herbie Fully Loaded.” She most recently appeared in Paul Schrader’s thriller “The Canyons” and the Lifetime original film “Liz & Dick.” Lohan is repped by ICM.
Freddie Prinze Jr. will be joining the lovely ladies of Lifetime’s WITCHES OF EAST END. The “I Know What You Did Last Summer” star will have a guest appearance on the show as Leo Wingate, an entomologist with an eye for exotic bugs, who falls in love with MÃ¤dchen Amick’s character Wendy. Prinze Jr. is best known for his role as Fred in both live action “Scooby-Doo” films and as Zack Siler in “She’s All That.” He also appeared as Lt. Christopher Blair in Chris Roberts’ “Wing Commander” and had a strong supporting role as Cole Ortiz in the 8th season of “24.” Prinze Jr. is repped by Gersh.
It seems Ricardo A. Chavira will be working closely with his on screen “Desperate Housewives” wife again, as Eva Longoria has been added to the cast of NBC’s upcoming comedy WELCOME TO THE FAMILY. The reunion won’t last long though since Longoria has only landed a guest appearance as Ms. Nunez, the english teacher of Miguel’s (Chavira) son. Longoria is best known for her role as Gabrielle Solis on the ABC romantic comedy “Desperate Housewives.” She most recently appeared in Sarah Siegel-Magness’ “Crazy Kind of Love” and in Barry Battles’ “The Baytown Outlaws.” She will be returning to the silver screen in “Frontera”, “Who Gets The Dog?” and “Married and Cheating”. Longoria is repped by CAA.
Mena Suvari has landed a recurring role on NBC’s drama CHICAGO FIRE. She is set to play Isabella, a good friend of Dawson (Monica Raymond), who is asked to assist Mouch (Christian Stolte) with his campaign for President of the Chicago Firefighters Union. Suvari is best known for her role as Angela Hayes in Sam Mendes’ “American Beauty” and her role as Heather in three of the “American Pie” films. She most recently appeared in Jesse Lawrence’s romantic comedy “The Knot” and alongside Dave Annable in “You May Not Kiss The Bride”. We can expect to see her back on the big screen soon with “A Bet’s a Bet” and “Last Stop”, which are both currently in post-production. Suvari is repped by ICM.
It’s official, Laura Prepon will not be returning as Alex in Netflix’s original series ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, well at least not as a regular. The “That ’70s Show” actress will make short appearances on the prison comedy’s second season to wrap up her character’s story, but will then continue on with other endeavors. Lionsgate TV however, will be leaving the door open for her if she wishes to return to the role in the future. Prepon is repped by Gersh.
“Anonymous” actor Rhys Ifans has joined the cast of Showtime’s comedy pilot TRENDING DOWN. He will star opposite Kathryn Hahn and Philip Seymour Hoffman in the show that follows ad agent Thom Payne (Hoffman) as he faces the decline of his own usefulness in the midst of our youth minded culture. Ifans is set to play Jonathan, Thom’s boss at the advertising agency. Ifans was last seen as Dr. Curt Connors in Marc Webb’s “The Amazing Spider-Man.” He also appeared as Luna Lovegood’s father Xenophilius in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” and as Spike in “Notting Hill”. He will be back on the big screen this year in “Serena” and “Panda Eyes”. He is scheduled to appear next year in “Madame Bovary” and “Squirrels to the Nuts”. Ifans is repped by UTA.
The original Sci-Fi thriller pilot HIGH MOON has added two new faces to the cast. Chris Diamantopoulos and Jake Sandvig will be assuming the two male leads in the show written and executive produced by Bryan Fuller. Based off of John Christopher’s novel “The Lotus Caves”, the show will follow a government investigator who is sent to the moon after a mysterious explosion halts all of Earth’s mining operations and brings new forms of life to the surface. Diamantopoulos will play Ian, the investigator sent to the moon. Sandvig will play his brother Marty, a convict sentenced to work in the mines. Diamantopoulos is best known for his role as Robert Monte in the crime drama “Under New Management”. He also had a supporting role as Rob Weiss in the 8th season of “24” and starred as Moe in “The Three Stooges” remake. He’ll be appearing this year in “The Truth About Lies”, “Dr. Cabbie” and will have a 6 episode arc as Castor Sotto on Showtime’s “Episodes”. Diamantopoulos is repped by WME. Sandvig was last seen in “Easy A” and Dana Turken’s short “Arthur and the Bunnies.” He also wrote, co-produced and starred in “A Bag Of Hammers”. We’ll see him back on the big screen this year in Jeremy Culver’s “An Evergreen Christmas”. Sandvig is repped by Innovative Artists.