Nellie Andreeva

Southland alum Dorian Missick is set to co-star opposite Diallo Riddle & Bashir Salahuddin in their HBO comedy pilot, which is executive produced by Lorne Michaels. Written by Riddle and Salahuddin, the untitled project stars the duo as Bashir and Diallo, two 30-year old-reporters, as they try to make it big in the burgeoning black mecca of contemporary Atlanta, aka the New South. Missick, repped by Innovative Artists, MJ Management, and Rick Genow, will play Jay, an ex-Harvard classmate of Bashir and Diallo who has reached fame and success within the community in Atlanta. Also cast in the pilot are Tasie Lawrence as Chloe, a 20-something photographer who is assigned to Bashir and Diallo because her father runs the Atlanta Torch, the newspaper where they work; and Barry Shabaka Henley as Buddy, Chloe’s father and Bashir and Diallo’s boss. Riddle, Salahuddin and Michaels executive produce the pilot with Dave Flebotte who serves as showrunner.

Eric Johnson, Cara Seymour and Chris Sullivan have been cast in Cinemax‘s 10-part series The Knick, directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Clive Owen. Set in downtown New York in 1900, The Knick centers on Knickerbocker Hospital and the groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff who push the bounds of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and zero antibiotics. Johnson, repped by Abrams and Brillstein, plays Everett Gallinger, the talented, young protégé of The Knick’s groundbreaking Chief Surgeon (Owen), who finds himself to not be quite talented enough, when challenged by a new doctor who arrives at the hospital. Seymour plays Sister Harriet, an Irish nurse, midwife, and nun who backs down from nothing and no one. Sullivan plays Cleary, the Knick’s immigrant ambulance driver who has learned to work the streets in order to grab his piece of America’s pie.

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