Lost alumna Yunjin Kim has landed a lead opposite Rochelle Aytes and Jes Macallan in Mistresses, ABC’s drama recently greenlighted straight to series for a summer 2013 launch. The soap, written by KJ Steinberg and based on the British format, is described as a provocative drama about four women — three of them played by Kim, Aytes and Macallan — with scandalous romantic lives, caught in storms of excitement and self-discovery, secrecy and betrayal. Kim will play Katie, a therapist who slept with one of her patients, John, before his death. Also cast on the series are Erik Stocklin in the regular role of Sam, John’s son, who finds himself falling in love with Katie; and Cameron Bender in the recurring role of Richard, a recently divorced man who hires April to re-decorate his new apartment and starts a romance with her. Stocklin is with JC Robbins, Bender is with Metropolitan and Justice & Ponder.
Erin Moriarty has been cast in ABC’s drama pilot Penoza, written and executive produced by Twilight scribe Melissa Rosenberg. Based on a Dutch format, it centers on Martha (Radha Mitchell), the widow of an assassinated criminal who is forced to adopt her husband’s role in a crime syndicate in order to protect her family. Moriarty, repped by ICM and 3 Arts, will play Martha’s daughter. She will next be seen in Neighborhood Watch.
Courtney Henggeler has been cast in NBC’s untitled Jimmy Fallon comedy pilot, which follows three thirtysomething guys (Anthony Anderson, Jesse Bradford and Zach Cregger) who enjoy the adventures of parenting even though they haven’t grown up themselves. Heggeler, repped by Gersh and manager Mark Teitelbaum, will play Bradford’s ex-wife
Will Greenberg has been cast as a series regular in Fox’s comedy pilot El Jefe, which centers on the affable but lost upper-class 30-year-old Josh (Ryan Hansen) who, tossed out of his Brentwood home, moves in with his adoring longtime Latina nanny Delmi (Mercedes Ruehl). Greenberg will play the roles of Josh’s best friends, twins Noel and Leon Landsman.
Israeli newcomer Oz Zehavi has landed his first American series role, and fittingly, it is in the NBC drama pilot Midnight Sun, which is based on an Israeli format. Also cast in the thriller, following the disappearance of a cult, is Lucia Walters.
Brothers & Sisters alum Gilles Marini has been cast as a guest star/recurring in ABC’s drama pilot Scruples, which centers on rich and powerful clothing designer Billy Winthrop Ikehorn (Claire Forlani) in a world of sex, revenge and scandal. Marini, repped by Authentic and SDB Partners, will play a Frenchman from Billy’s past. Two other actors have booked recurring roles in pilots: Miguel Ferrer has joined the cast of CBS procedural Applebaum, playing veteran Detective Pepper. Ferrer, repped by Leslie Allan-Rice Management and Innovative Artists, continues to recur on NCIS: LA. Billy Brown has joined Fox’s untitled Kevin Williamson serial killer thriller, playing a detective chasing the killer (Jame Purefoy). Brown, repped by TalentWorks and Bender/Spink, also recurs on Dexter.
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