Geoffrey BlakeDillon2geoffreyblake2 (Forrest Gump) and Dillon Lane (Bucket And Skinner’s Epic Adventures) have joined the cast of History’s miniseries Texas Rising (working title) from A+E Studios and ITV Studios America. Leslie Greif (Hatfields & McCoys) is exec producing the project which will detail the Texas Revolution against Mexico and the rise of the legendary Texas Rangers. Blake, repped by Michael Levine of Levine Management, will play Colonel George Hockley, Sam Houston’s most trusted confidant and adviser, who senses the unrest among the men before the Alamo, but supports Houston even as others question his leadership. Lane will play Yancey Burns, one of the youngest Rangers who goes on a dangerous mission to help rescue his friend Truett Fincham’s family.

Tessa3Tessa Ferrer (Grey’s Anatomy) has landed a recurring role in CBS‘ upcoming summer drama series Extant, from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV and CBS Television Studios. The serialized mystery thriller centers on Molly (Halle Berry), an astronaut trying to reconnect with her family when she returns after a year in outer space. Her experiences lead to events that ultimately will change the course of human history. Goran Visnjic, Michael O’Neill and Grace Gummer co-star. Ferrer, repped by APA and The Lasher Group, will play Katie Sparks, the athletic, intelligent astronaut who is the daughter of ISEA Director Alvin Sparks (O’Neill). Known for being a problem-solver and over-achiever, she is forced to make a terrifying decision when faced with unimaginable terror.