Bess Rous (Beth Henley’s play The Jacksonian) has joined the cast of Murder In The First, TNT’s drama pilot co-created by Steven Bochco and Eric Lodal. It is a murder mystery set in contemporary San Francisco that centers on two SFPD homicide detectives, Terry Seagrave (Taye Diggs) and Hildy Mulligan (Kathleen Robertson), as they take on a case that seems more like a maze. Rous, repped by Greene & Associates and The Coronel Group, plays Wexler, a techy that is Erich Blount’s brilliant CTO and head of R&D.
Christopher Thornton has booked a role in the CBS drama pilot The Surgeon General, which centers on Dr. John Sherman (Jason Isaacs), the most powerful doctor in the nation who has 315 million patients. Thornton will play a funny wheelchair-bound Russian computer scientist and master researcher with a 4.0 from MIT who has developed a life-changing algorithm. Confined to a wheelchair in real life, Thornton, repped by Sweeney Entertainment, recurs as David Spade’s new assistant on Rules Of Engagement.
ABC drama pilot Lucky 7 has made a cast change after the table read, with Private Practice alum Matt Long replacing Luke Hemsworth. Lucky 7 is about seven employees of a service station in Queens whose lives are changed in many unexpected ways when they win a lottery jackpot. Long is with UTA.
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