And a few casting updates from lately.
– According to Deadline, Ellen Barkin and Scott Speedman have boarded John Well’s upcoming TNT pilot “Animal Kingdom”. The project revolves around 17-year-old Joshua “J” Cody who moves in with his wild, freewheeling relatives — grandmother (Barkin) and uncles — in their Southern California beach town when his mother ODs. He is pulled into their life of indulgence and excess and soon discovers that it’s all being funded by criminal activities.
Barkin plays Janine “Smurf ” Cody, a working-class mom with what appears to be a picket-fence lifestyle who is actually the boot-tough matriarch of an organized crime family and has enough authority to make even the most dangerous men tremble in her presence. Speedman plays Cody’s son and Josh’s uncle Barry “Baz” Brown. Adopted by the Cody family when he was 12, Baz now leads the group in their armed robberies, but he also thinks of breaking away from a life of crime.
– Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige have joined NBC’s live production “The Wiz Live!”, which will air Thursday, December 3, per TVLine. Latifah plays the titular Wiz, while Blige is set as the Wicked Witch.
– Deadline reports that Brent Sexton (“The Killing”, “Complications”) has joined the cast of Amazon’s drama “Bosch”. He is set to recur during the entire second season as arl Nash, a former police detective who was shoved out of the department by internal affairs and who has a long history with Bosch (Titus Welliver).
– Per the same article, Ben Koldyke has been added to the recurring cast of Showtime’s “Masters of Sex”. He will play Paul, an ex-football star who now coaches youth football and has recently moved into the house next door to Bill (Michael Sheen) and his wife Libby (Caitlin Fitzgerald). He already appeared on the show’s current third season.
– Michael Gaston (“Unforgettable”) has come aboard NBC’s upcoming drama “Blindspot”, per Deadline. “Blindspot” stars Jaimie Alexander (“Thor”) as a Jane Doe who is found in a body bag on New York City’s Times Square with mysterious tattoos all over her body, including the address of FBI agent Kurt Weller (Sullivan Stapleton. Gaston plays Tom Carter, a Deputy Director of the CIA helping to decode the tattoos. “Blindspot” premieres September 21.
– TVLine reports that Ben Mendelsohn will return as a series regular to the second season of Netflix’ “Bloodline”. Since this blog strives to be as spoiler-free as possible, just hit the source link for more info on the subject.
– Melina Kanakaredes will star in and executive produce “Stolen For Good”, a new drama prodject for independent prduction company Dynamic Television”, per Deadline. It centers on the mysterious “Hermes Thief” (Kanakaredes), a renowned international thief whose true identity is unknown. In a world where nothing is as it seems, she rights the wrongs of the past by retrieving stolen priceless items and returning them to their rightful owners. She blazes a trail of powerful enemies, from private collectors to ISIS, fearlessly stealing from anyone anywhere.
– Per the Hollywood Reporter, Chris Browning has been added to the cast of CBS’ “Supergirl”, playing Ben Krull, aka Reactron. The former adversary of Superman wears an armored suit powered by nuclear energy
– Troian Bellisario (“Pretty Little Liars”) will reprise her role as Claire in the August 12 episode of “Suits” on USA.
– Per E!News, singer Shawn Mendes will guest star on the season 3 premiere of The CW’s “The 100”, playing a scrappy young Ark survivor who gets into a tricky situation and uses his particular talents to get out of it.
– EW.com reports that Katie Stevens (*Faking It”) will replace Kay Panabaker (who replaced Madison McReynolds) as Lindsey Willows, Catherine’s Willows’ daughter on the two-hour series finale of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, which airs Sunday, September 27 on CBS.