OK, now I’m really back, since the music festival is now over as well.
Here are some news tidbits from lately. I won’t add pictures for all entries this time around. If you need them, hit the source links.
– Richard T. Jones has joined the cast of “American Horror Story: Hotel”, per Deadline. He will play Detective Hahn, a Los Angeles police Homicide Detective for 8 episodes.
– WGN America has set the premiere date for the upcoming second season of “Manhattan” for Tuesday, October 13 at 9 PM.
– Deadline reports that Mary Lynn Rajskub (“24″) has been added to the cast of “Highston”, the half-hour coming-of-age comedy pilot from Amazon written by Bob Nelson (“Nebraska”). The single-camera project centers on Highston Liggets, a kind 19-year-old and perched on the edge of adulthood. When he encounters a world he doesn’t understand, like Elwood P. Dowd, he retreats into his vast imagination, where famous “friends” are his companions and mentors. Rajskub will play Highston’s mother, Jean.
– Per the same story, Tao Okamoto (“Hannibal”) has landed a recurring role on another Amazon project, “The Man In The High Castle”. The drama series from Frank Spotnitz (“The X-Files”) and based on the novel by Philip K. Dick, is set in an alternate version of the early 1960s in which the Axis powers won World War II. The novel centered on a group of people connected to one another by an in-universe alternate-history novel that tells of the Allies winning the war. Okamoto plays the part of Betty.
– Fred Willard (“Roseanne”, “Modern Family”) is set to guest star on ABC Family’s new half-hour comedy “Kevin From Work”, according to TVLine. In the story of a young man whose life becomes infinitely more awkward after he confesses his love to a co-worker, Willard will play Roger Trousdale, a veteran actor who befriends Roxie (Eureka‘s Jordan Hinson), the sister of the series’ titular character (Backpackers‘ Noah Reid). Things get weird — as they’re bound to do on this show — when Kevin suspects that Roxie and Roger might be getting a little too close.
– Echo Kellum and Alexander Clavert have both joined The CW’s “Arrow” for season four. They will play Mr. Terrific and Anarky, respectively, according to Deadline.
– Tarsem Singh (“The Cell”, “Self/Less”) is set to direct all 10 episodes of “Emerald City”, NBC’s resurrected event series based on “The Wizard of Oz”, per Deadline.
Meanwhile, Jackson Cohen, Ana Ularu and Gerran Howell have all joined the cast. Cohen plays handsome, mysterious and quick-witted Lucas, who is the sole survivor of what appears to gave been a mass crucifixion, he remembers nothing of his past, not even his name. Ularu plays West, a force of nature who has entered an unholy alliance with the Wizard. She is a creature of perverse humor and unsavory appetites. And Howell will play brave, adventurous and perpetually positive Jack.
– Also via Deadline, HBO has found a replacement for Miaranda Otto in the upcoming TV remake of the 1973 feature film classic “Westworld”. Sidse Babbett Knudsen will take over as the head of operations of Westsworld.
Additionally, Eion Bailey (“Once Upon A Time”, “Stalker”), Jimmi Simpson (“Breakout Kings”, “House of Cards”) and Clifton Collins Jr. (“Pacific Rim”) have joined the cast. Bailey plays Logan on, A self-indulgent ladies man who is a return visitor to Westworld, the character is well versed in inhaling all the pleasures that it has to offer. At the same time, Logan is looking out for his Westworld-newbie friend William (Simpson), who comes to see the park in a whole new way over time. Collins Jr. will play Lawrence, a sly criminal who really knows his way around Westworld.
– Also per Deadline, Vella Lovell and Pete Gardner (“The Brink”, “Full Circle”) have joined upcoming CW fall series “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” as regulars. In the story centering on Rebecca (Rachel Bloom), a successful, driven and possibly crazy young Manhattan woman who impulsively gives up everything in a desperate attempt to find love and happiness in that exotic hotbed of romance and adventure: West Covina, CA. Lovell plays Heather, Rebecca’s underachiever neighbor, while Gardner will play Rebecca’s boss Darryl, who considers himself very cultured and intellectual.
– Per the same story, Ray Proscia (“NCIS: Los Angeles”, “Bones”, “Legends”) has joined Amazon pilot “The Man In The High Castle”, which is based on the novel by Philipp K. Dick. Prosica plays Reinhard Heydrich, a high-ranking Nazi official who was one of the main architects of the Holocaust. Hitler described him as “the man with the iron heart.”