Teri Polo and Sherri Saum will star in Jennifer Lopez’s THE FOSTERS. The actresses play a mixed-race couple raising biological and adoptive children, with the dynamics of the family eventually becoming over-bearing. Lopez serves as an executive producer with Bradley Bredeweg, Peter Paige and Greg Gugliotta. Polo was featured in the “Meet The Parents” films as Pam and has starred in “The Practice” and “The West Wing”. She is repped by Gersh and will next be seen in the comedy “Scribble”. Saum has had recurring roles in “Rescue Me”, “In Treatment” and “Gossip Girl” and will next be seen in the drama pic “Ten Stories Tall”. She is repped by Abrams Artists Agency.
Hudson Thames has been tapped to star in THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER in a recurring role. He will play a good-looking classmate of Kathy’s who asks her to mentor him for an upcoming spelling bee. Thames recently starred in “Criminal Minds” and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules”. He is repped by The Savage Agency.
Seth Gilliam wills star in the network’s untitled Lagravenese/Goldwyn legal thriller in a recurring role. Gilliam will play the main character, Adam Page’s younger brother, a cop. Gilliam has starred in the films “Starship Troopers”, “Courage Under Fire” and “Did You Hear About the Morgans?”. He is repped by Gersh.
THE MENTALIST has brought Henry Ian Cusick on for a three episode arc. He will play a millionaire playboy named Tommy Volker who becomes a proem suspect in the murder of a television reporter. Cusack, who is repped by Gersh, last starred in the TV show “Fringe”.
Olivia Munn will be appearing in NEW GIRL for a guest appearance. The actress will play Angie, Nick’s sexy new love interest. Munn is currently starring in Aaron Sorkin’s HBO series “The Newsroom” and is coming off roles in the films “Magic Mike” and “Babymakers”. She is repped by CAA.
Fred Willard, Michael McKean and Ed Begley Jr have joined Christopher Guest’s documentary style comedy FAMILY TREE. Don Lake will also make a guest appearance on the show. The project centers on a 30-year-old man (Chris O’Dowd) who finds a mysterious box his great aunt gave him which prompts him to explore his own heritage. Begley will play O’Dowd’s Uncle Andy, McKean will play his father and Willard will play his neighbor. Lake will play a friend of O’Dowd’s cousin. Willard currently stars in the TV series “Rob”. He is repped by Amsel, Eisenstadt & Frazier. McKean was recently seen in “Law & Order: SVU”, “Homeland” and “Happy Endings”. He is repped by APA. Begley will next be seen in the upcoming films “The Bronx Bull” and “Making Change”.
Miley Cyrus is in talks to star as Bonnie in BONNIE & CLYDE, a TV series based on the 1967 Academy Award-winning movie. Cyrus recently starred in the films “LOL”, “The Last Song” and “Bolt” but this will be her first television acting since starring as her alter-ego Hannah Montana on the show of the same name. She is repped by CAA.
Claire Coffee has become a regular on fantasy drama GRIMM. Her character Adalind first appeared in the pilot episode as Grimm’s nemesis in a recurring position but will now be featured more prominently. Coffee also had a role in the legal comedy “Franklin & Bash”. She is repped by Domain.
THE SECRET LIVES OF HUSBANDS AND WIVES has cast Nicole Ari Parker in a lead role. the series centers on a murder, its coverup and three suburban family’s intertwined in the mess. Parker will play Paula, a trophy wife and the spouse in one of the couples. Parker recently starred in the films “Harlem Aria” and “35 And Ticking”. She is repped by Gersh.
Kate Mulgrew has joined the cast of Jenji Kohan’s ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK as a series regular. The project, which follows a girl who goes to prison after her drug mule boyfriend is busted, will feature Mulgrew as a Russian prisoner named Red who serves as a motherly figure in the prison. Mulgrew, who currently stars in “NTSF:SD:SUV”, is repped by Innovative Artists.
Justina Machado has been cast in the final regular role in PAGING DR. FREED. The project, which centers on two gynecologist brothers running their late father’s medical practice, will feature Machado as a no-nonsense office manager who acts as a tough-love mentor for the brothers. She recently had roles in “Body Of Proof” and “Desperate Housewives” and currently stars in “Private Practice”. She is repped by APA.