Jaime Ray Newman has joined ABC’s drama MIND GAMES midseason with a series regular role. She will star as Anna Gordon, a master con-woman trying to start a new life by assisting Ross (Christian Slater) and Clark (Steve Zahn) with their company. Newman is best known for her roles as Monica in “Catch Me If You Can”, Kristina Cassadine on ABC’s “General Hospital” and her short arc as Tess Fontana on The SyFy Channel’s “Eureka.” She’ll be returing to the big screen this year in Reinhard Klooss’ “Tarzan” and Matt Eskandari’s “The Gauntlet.” She is repped by Innovative Artists.
“Grey’s Anatomy” star Justin Bruening has jumped aboard ABC Family’s RAVENSWOOD. The “Pretty Little Liars” spinoff show follows five strangers drawn together by the curse placed on their home town not far from Rosewood, Pennsylvania. Bruening will appear as local teacher Benjamin Price in the October 22nd premiere. Bruening is best known for his role on ABC’s soap opera “All My Children” and his lead role as Mike Traceur on NBC’s short lived “Knight Rider” series back in 2008. Bruening is repped by Innovative Artists.
“Friends” star Lisa Kudrow has joined SCANDAL, but there’s no word as to what role she will play. Kudrow currently stars on the comedy series “Web Therapy” and can next be seen in the film “Neighbors.” She is repped by CAA.
Star of “The Walking Dead” David Morrissey has claimed the lead in AMC’s drama pilot LINE OF SIGHT. Created by Blake Masters, the show will follow National Transportation Safety Board investigator Lewis Bernt as he seeks to discover the cause of a mysterious plane crash. Morrissey is best known for his role as The Governor on AMC’s zombie drama “The Walking Dead” and his role as Maurice Jobson in Julian Jarrold’s “Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974.” He is both directing and penning the script for “Head On” and appearing as Murray Devlin in David Kane’s “The Field Of Blood.” Morrissey is repped by Troika.
Olafur Darri Olafsson and Omar Metwally have both been cast in the pilot for LINE OF SIGHT. The project centers on a National Transportation Safety Board investigator who survives a mysterious plane crash, prompting him to figure out what caused the accident. Olafsson plays a man who seems to know more than anyone else about the crash while Metwally will play a survivor of the accident whose life has been altered. Olafsson is repped by APA and Metwally by Innovative Artists.
Rockmond Dunbar has nabbed a short character arc on CBS’ incredible crime drama THE MENTALIST. He will appear in three episodes as FBI Supervisory Agent Dennis Abbott. Dunbar is best known for his roles as Mr. Fire in Shane Black’s “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” and as Benjamin Miles Franklin in Fox’s “Prison Break.” He also had short arcs on FX’s “Sons Of Anarchy” and CBS’ “The Game.” He’ll be appearing this year in Paul D. Hannah’s “Busted” and Thomas Schlamme’s TV movie “Doubt.” Dunbar is repped by Don Buchwald and Associates.
Lenny Jacobson and Jon Bass have both joined BIG TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, FL. The show centers on two brothers (Alex Anfanger and Jacobson) who are on a quest to become filmmakers after being kicked out of their parents’ house. Bass will play Del, a friend of the brothers. Jacobson starred in “Nurse Jackie” and the films “Jobs” and “Celeste & Jesse Forever.” He is repped by Amsel Eisenstadt Frazier. Bass is repped by Gersh and appeared in “The Book Of Mormon.”
Alexandra Metz will appear on the “Vampire Diaries” spinoff THE ORIGINALS. She will play Katie, a beautiful witch with a hidden agenda. Metz has had roles on “Gossip Girl”, “Chicago Fire” and “The Good Wife” and is repped by Don Buchwald and Associates.
“The Daily Show” correspondent Aasif Mandvi and “Ed” star Michael Ian Black have officially jumped aboard Fox’s new romantic comedy US AND THEM with recurring roles. Mandvi will star as Stacey’s (Alexis Bledel) best friend and Nessa’s (Ashlie Atkinson) devious ex, Dave Coaches. Black is set to play Stacey’s uncle Brian. Mandvi was last seen alongside Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in “The Internship” and as Robert in “Movie 43.” He will be back on the big screen in “Today’s Special” and “Million Dollar Arm.” Mandvi is repped by ICM. Black, who recently appeared in “Hell Baby” and “This Is 40”, is best known for his role as Phil Stubbs in NBC’s dramedy “Ed” and for his “Run, Fatboy, Run” script. He will be appearing next year in David Wain’s “They Came Together.” Black is repped by UTA.
J.D. Williams and Tehmina Sunny will have recurring roles on the next season of THE FOLLOWING. Williams will play one of Joe Carroll’s followers while Sunny will play a friend of Ryan Hard. Williams starred in HBO’s crime-dramas “Oz” and “The Wire” and is repped by Don Buchwald and Associates. Sunny starred in three episodes of “Mistresses” and is repped by BWH.
Leslie Jordan will be joining AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN. The actor’s role in the series, which takes place in the days of witchcraft, is being kept under wraps. Jordan has previously appeared in “Raising Hope” and the acclaimed film “The Help.”
Paul Giamatti will be playing Hoke Moseley in HOKE, which centers on a hard-boiled detective in 1980’s Miami. Giamatti last appeared in “John dies at the End” and
“Cosmopolis” and will next be seen in “12 Years a Slave.” He is repped by UTA.
Michael Huisman has booked a recurring role on GAME OF THRONES. Word is that he is replacing another actor on the show.
Russell Tovey has been cast in LOOKING, which centers on a group of gay men in San Francisco. He will play Kevin, a gay man and video game programmer who has achieved a huge amount of success early on in his life. Tovey starred in the British shows “Being Human” and “Gavin & Stacey” and is repped by WME.
Marina Squerciati has nabbed a series regular role on NBC’s CHICAGO PD. The “Chicago Fire” spinoff will center around, you guessed it, the Chicago Police Department. Squerciati will star as Kim Burgess, a feisty yet beautiful detective. Squerciati was most recently seen in Jordan Galland’s “Alter Egos” and in Todd Burrows and Christopher Folino’s super hero thriller “Sparks.” She will be appearing this year in Scott Frank’s “A Walk Among the Tombstones.” She is repped by Nicolosi & Company. Elias Koteas has also joined the show as a regular. He will play Alvin Olinsky, an undercover detective in the intelligence unit. Koteas starred in “The Killing” and will next be seen in “The Devil’s Knot.” He is repped by UTA.
Joshua Jackson has landed a leading role on Showtime’s drama pilot THE AFFAIR. Penned by Sarah Treem and Hagai Levi, the show will follow the slowly dissolving marriages of two couples as the affair between them comes to light. Jackson is set to play Cole, a tough-as-nails cowboy who runs his family’s ranch in Long Island. His marriage with Allison (Ruth Wilson) begins to crumble when she begins an affair with Noah (Dominic West). Jackson is best known for his role as Peter Bishop on Fox’s sci-fi drama “Fringe” and as Pacey Witter on WBTV’s “Dawson’s Creek.” He is repped by CAA.
Reeve Carney has nabbed a recurring role on Showtime’s PENNY DREADFUL. Created by John Logan, the series will follow the origin stories of a plethora of creatures from Frankenstein’s monster to Dracula. Carney is set to star in the eight episode drama series as Dorian Grey. Carney is best known for his roles as Young Ishmael Chambers in Scott Hicks’ “Snow Falling on Cedars” and as Peter Parker in the Broadway play “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark.” He’ll be appearing in Amy Berg’s musical biography “Mystery White Boy.” Carney is repped by Paradigm.
“ER” star Mekhi Phifer has climbed aboard the third season of Showtime’s comedy HOUSE OF LIES. Phifer is set to play Dre, a successful clothing entrepreneur who enlists Marty (Don Cheadle) to help him expand his business. Phifer is best known for his roles as Dr. Gregory Pratt on NBC’s “ER” and as Agent Ben Reynolds on Fox’s “Lie To Me.” We’ll be seeing him on the big screen this year in Stuart Connelly’s “The Suspect” and Qasim Basir’s “Destined.” Next year he’ll be appearing in Neil Burger’s “Divergent and Neeraj Katyal’s “Vieques.” Phifer is repped by Gersh.