We here at KSiteTV know how exciting pilot season can be, but with so much news coming out on a daily basis, some interesting casting can slip through the cracks. Therefore, we decided to gather a bunch of casting notices that’ve come out over the last day or two in one handy dandy article. This way, you can catch up on everything you’ve missed and see if there’ve been any casting moves that change the way you look at a project.
Any of your favorite actors taking the plunge and attaching themselves to a new show? Anybody you don’t care for that sours your opinion/expectations of a pilot? Find out below.
Stony Blyden (Hunter Street) has been added to NBC legal drama pilot Bluff City Law. He’s set as Emerson, a tech-savvy assistant and paralegal at a Memphis law firm that specializes in the most controversial landmark civil rights cases.
Kimberly Guerrero (Longmire) is the latest addition to CBS drama pilot The Republic of Sarah. She plays self-reliant bad ass Mary, a lone wolf who begins governing the new nation of Morrisville after it declares its independence from the United States.
Indira Varma (Game of Thrones) has joined ABC’s untitled legal drama pilot executive produced by 50 Cent. She’ll be portraying progressive prison warden Kate, a hard-charger with aspirations to reform the prison system. When she finds a prisoner whose cause she wants to champion, tension builds between Kate and her would-be Attorney General wife.
Laura (Austin & Ally) and Vanessa Marano (Switched at Birth) have been added to CBS comedy pilot The Us Project. They’ll be playing sisters Jen and Nell; Jen idolizes her older sister so much that she pretends they’re twins.
Michael O’Neill (Jack Ryan), Steven Silver (13 Reasons Why), Emjay Anthony (Rake), and Thalia Tran (Tiny Feminists) are set as series regulars on NBC family drama pilot Council of Dads. O’Neill will play Larry Malvern, a man used to being in charge; Silver is set as smart young man Evan, who uses his sense of humor to help him deal with taking care of his sick mother; and Anthony and Tran will portray Scott’s children Theo and Charlotte, respectively.
NBC has rounded out the supporting cast for newly titled immigration-themed comedy pilot Sunnyside. Joining the cast are Kiran Deol (How to Get Away with Murder), Moses Storm (Arrested Development), Diana Maria Riva (Telenovela), Samba Schutte (The Tiger Hunter), Poppy Liu (Mercy Mistress), Joel Kim Booster (The Other Two), and Tudor Petrut (Momentum), five of whom are immigrants themselves.
Nicholas Pinnock (Counterpart) has been tapped as the lead for ABC’s untitled legal drama pilot executive produced by 50 Cent. He’ll be playing Aaron, a successful nightclub owner unjustly accused of drug dealing who receives a life sentence. Aaron then puts himself through online law school, passes the bar, and becomes an advocate for his fellow inmates.
The Republic of Sarah has added Kirsten Nelson (This is Us) and James Lesure (Men at Work) in series regular roles. Nelson will play unflappable, outspoken town sheriff Francine, who is forced to deal with a scandal that threatens her position, while Lesure is set as Tim, an aloof banker who opposes the idea of Morrisville becoming an independent nation.
French Stewart (3rd Rock from the Sun) and Mike Lane (Mom) have joined NBC workplace comedy Like Magic. Stewart will portray mentalist/illusionist Val Evans, the top dog at the Magic Palace, while Lane will be seen as Anthony, Holly’s best friend from middle school who’s also a magician.
Emmy nominee Kelly Jenrette (The Handmaid’s Tale) has been named female lead on ABC’s untitled Leslie Odom Jr. comedy pilot. She’s set as Hope, who runs a modern ministry with husband Omari.
FOX cop drama pilot Deputy has added Yara Martinez (The Tick) and Brian Van Holt (Cougar Town). She’ll be playing strong-willed trauma surgeon Dr. Paula Reyes, married to new Los Angeles County sheriff Bill Hollister, while Van Holt is set as Deputy Cade Walker, a former Marine who’s eight years sober and has a dark sense of humor.
FOX serial killer pilot Prodigal Son has added Bellamy Young (Scandal). She’ll be playing the elegant, WASPy mother of a criminal psychologist and wife of a serial killer.
Natasha Leggero (Another Period) has been added to CBS comedy pilot Broke. She plays refined, slightly snobby Elizabeth, who lands on the doorstep of her sister Jackie after she and husband Miguel blew through his trust fund.
ABC family drama pilot Heart of Life has tapped Dave Annable (Red Band Society) as Wes, the brother in one of the two sets of adult siblings who discover they’re related and must reassess everything they thought they knew about their shared father.