TV Pilot & Series Casting (1.09.14)
Edward James Olmos joins the superhero cast of MARVEL AGENTS OF SHIELD. Details on the character Olmos is set to play are being kept under wraps. Olmos will be joining a long list of season 2 additions including Adrianne Palicki, Lucy Lawless, Reed Diamond, Nick Blood, Henry Simmons, and Kyle MacLachlan. Olmos is repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment.
Daniel Wu will serve as executive producer and as male lead in the tentatively named martial arts drama BADLANDS. The six-episode series tells the story of a cut-throat warrior, played by Wu, and a young boy who travel through perilous lands in order to find enlightenment. Wu is repped by CAA and Leverage Management.
Ernie Hudson will appear on episode 15 of the hit fairy-tale show ONCE UPON A TIME. Hudson will play the powerful deity King Poseidon alongside JoAnna Garcia Swisher as Ariel and Merrin Dungey as Ursula. Hudson is repped by Artists International Management, LLC.
Elena Satine has been promoted to series regular on the popular drama REVENGE. The show follows the story of a woman hell-bent on enacting revenge on the people who sent her father away to jail when she was young. Satine will continue to play Louise Ellis, a mentally unstable daughter of a wealthy family who has hallucinations of her mother. Satine is repped by ICM Partners.
Jenna Coleman is confirmed to be returning for the next season of DOCTOR WHO. The show centers around the adventures of a time traveler and his team of cohorts. Coleman will be reprising her role as Doctor Who’s assistant Clara Oswald. Coleman is repped by Troika.
Gina Gershon, Jennifer Coolidge and Ken Jeong will guest star in the final season of the hit-show GLEE. The show follows an ambitious bunch of high school misfits who band together to form the high school glee club. The three well-known actors will play parents of McKinley High’s talented students. Gina Gershon is repped by Barking Dog Entertainment and Untitled Entertainment. Jennifer Collidge is repped by UTA. Ken Jeong is repped by CAA, UTA, and Aligned Entertainment.
Max Charles has signed a deal to replace Ben Hyland on second two of THE STRAIN. Charles will be taking overas Zach Goodweather, son of Dr. Goodweather, who, as head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City, must investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. Executive producer Carlton Cuse said in a statement that, “we recast this part due to some specific story needs we have downstream.” Charles is repped by Symington Talent Management and Cunningham Escott Slevin & Doherty.
Alison Sweeney has been tapped to star in the new tv movie franchise CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE MURDER for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. The series will be based on the New York Times bestselling series by Joanne Fluke which centers on a shop owner who takes it upon herself to investigate a town murder.
Tig Notaro has just signed for her first HBO comedy special. The comedian will perform her stand-up before a live audience in a performance to be taped later this year. Nataro has previously made her rounds on Transparent, The Office, The Sarah Silverman Program, In A World and Walk Of Shame. Nataro is repped by Integral Entertainment
Nell Williams has been cast in the critically acclaimed show GAME OF THRONES. The show is entering its fifth season as it follows the intense battles for control among the mystical land’s most noble families. The young British actress will portray a young Cersei Lannister, vindictive queen of King’s Landing. Williams is repped by Troika
Ivana Baquero has nabbed a role on the new fantasy drama SHANNARA. The series, based on the novels by Terry Brooks, will follow a family with magical powers in a post-apocalyptic world—complete with elfs, druids, and other mythical creatures. The Spanish actress will play Eretria, a human who must use her street smarts to survive the adventures of the Shannara clan. Baquero will be joined by Poppy Drayton, Austin Butler, Manu Bennett and Aaron Jakubenko. Baquero is repped by Gersh and Think Tank Management.
David Alan Grier and LilRel Howery are the latest addition to the cast of the new comedy pilot GO JARROD GO. The pilot is based on comedian Jaarod Carmichael’s autobiographical stand-up about moving in with his girlfriend and introducing her to his family. Grier is set to play co-star Carmichael’s father opposite Loretta Devine while Howery will play Jerrod’s loveable brother Bobby, whose crazy money-making schemes never pan out. Grier is represented by Gersh and Innovative Artists. Howery is repped by APA and 3 Arts Entertainment.
Mark Margolis will be joining the CONSTANTINE cast in their upcoming episode. The show centers around a man struggling with his faith when he is suddenly thrust into the role of defending humanity from the forces of darkness. Margolis will be playing Felix Faust a villainous sorcerer who fights against good. Margolis is repped by Abrams Artists Agency.
Hayes MacArthur has solidified a one year deal as a regular in the upcoming original comedy series ANGIE TRIBECA. Originally a guest star, MacArthur will now reprise his role as Jay Geils, the police partner of Angie Tribeca, played by Rashida Jones. The satirical police procedural created by Stevel Carell and Nancy Carell will follow a group of LAPD detectives who together make up the RHCU—Really Heinous Crimes Unit. MacArthur is repped by CAA.
Emmanuelle Chriqui will begin work as a regular on the second season TNT’s crime drama series MURDER IN THE FIRST. The series chronicles a complex homicide investigation that spans the entire season. The Entourage star will act opposite Taye Diggs and Kathleen Robertson in the show executive produced by Steven Bochco and Eric Lodal.