EXCLUSIVE: Constance Zimmer (House Of Cards, The Newsroom, Entourage) has been cast as a lead opposite Shiri Appleby in Lifetime’s darkly comedic drama series Un-Real, which gives a behind-the-scenes look at the chaos surrounding the production of a competition dating reality series. She will play the dispassionate executive producer of the unscripted show, replacing Magyn Price, who played the role in the pilot. The 10-episodes series, from Marti Noxon and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, is inspired by Shapiro’s short film Sequin Raze. It centers on Rachel (Appleby), a young staffer whose sole job is to manipulate her relationships with and among the contestants to get the vital dramatic and outrageous footage the program’s executive producer (Zimmer) demands.
Francis Underwood is about to resume his fictional House of Cards climb up the greasy pole of political power in Washington D. C. “We start shooting Season 2 of #houseofcards in 2 weeks,” actress Constance Zimmer tweeted today to Ricky Gervais and the “Gareth Keenan” Twitter account of the fictional former UK Office character played by Mackenzie Crook. Zimmer plays reporter Janine Skorsky on the David Fincher-produced Netflix series. Lead Kevin Spacey plays the scheming Congressman Underwood in the streaming only show. The second season of House of Cards will be 13 episodes long like the first season. No official word if Season 2 will all be put up on Netflix simultaneously like the first season was. At least one thing is sure, with the show shooting in Maryland like it also did for Season 1, star Stacey won’t have far to travel to get to D.C. for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on April 27. Spacey, along with co-star Robin Wright and Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos is going as a guest of Bloomberg.
EXCLUSIVE: Constance Zimmer, who was a major presence on Entourage for most of its run, will recur on another HBO series, Aaron Sorkin’s drama The Newsroom. On the upcoming Season 2, which reflects on the recent presidential campaign, Zimmer will play Taylor, a press spokesperson for the Mitt Romney campaign. Zimmer, repped by UTA and Sweeney Entertainment, is no stranger to politics — she currently has a major recurring role on David Fincher’s Netflix drama House Of Cards with Kevin Spacey as a Washington Post editor. She also is recurring on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy this season as Dr. Alana Cahill, a fixer who shakes things up at Seattle Grace.
TV Castings: Camilla Luddington To Recur On ‘True Blood, Allison Mack On ‘Wilfred’, Constance Zimmer On ‘House Of Cards’
EXCLUSIVE: Camilla Luddington, who portrayed Kate Middleton in the Lifetime movie William and Kate, has landed a recurring role on the upcoming season of HBO’s vampire drama True Blood, which will have a special focus on fairies. Luddington will play Claudette, one of Claude’s (Giles Matthey) many sisters, who gives Sookie insight into what it means to be a faerie. The actress, repped by Progressive Artists, Main Title and attorney Scott Whitehead, most recently did a nine-episode on Showtime’s Californication, which wraps up a week from Sunday.
Smallville alumna Allison Mack has been tapped for a major recurring on the FX comedy series Wilfred. On the show, about Ryan (Elijah Wood) and his relationship with his neighbor’s dog Wilfred (Jason Gann), Mack will play Ryan’s new love interest, an attractive and edgy biochemist. This marks Mack’s first television role since Smallville where she also directed 2 episodes. She has since focused on theater, workshopping the Bobby Lopez musical Up Here with Josh Radnor, starring in a couple of off-Broadway productions and participating in The Public Theatre’s Shakespeare Lab. Mack is with Innovative Artists and Anonymous.
Constance Zimmer (Entourage) has booked a major recurring role in David Fincher’s Netflix drama series House Of Cards, a political thriller starring Kevin Spacey as Rep. Frank Underwood, the Majority Whip of the U.S. House of Representatives …
UPDATED: Ramon Rodriguez (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen) has joined ABC’s Charlie’s Angels reboot as Charlie’s liaison Bosley.The new Charlie’s Angeles, from Sony TV, Flower Films and Millar/Gough Ink, stars Minka Kelly, Rachael Taylor and Annie Ilonzeh as the trio of sexy sleuths. Rodriguez’s Bosley is described as a charming and funny guy with GQ looks and Peter Pan smile who has great hacking skills and technical knowledge and is a rock of support for the Angels and the good-natured brunt of many jokes. The character of Bosley was played by David Doyle in the original series and then Bill Murray and Bernie Mac in the two features, respectively. Rodriguez’s series credits include The Wire and Day Break. He is with UTA and the Collective.
Constance Zimmer (Entourage) is reuniting with Entourage executive producers Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson as the female lead in the Wahlberg and Levinson-produced CBS comedy pilot Home Game. The pilot, from CBS TV Studios and writers Warren Bell and Chris Nowak, is inspired by the experiences of former NFL star Mark Schlereth and centers on Mark, a retired NFL player who returns home to his wife Lisa (Zimmer) and daughters. Lisa is an attractive dynamo who has been raising their three daughters while her husband has been playing in the pros. Zimmer, repped by UTA and Sweeney Management, will star in Roger Kumble’s upcoming play Girl Talk…
NBC is making a scheduling change for fall, with a non-celebrity edition of The Apprentice replacing new anthology dramedy series Love Bites. Production on Love Bites is being pushed by a few weeks to accommodate two new developments: the pregnancy of star Becki Newton and the decision by creator/executive producer Cindy Chupack to step down from day-to-day showrunner duties because of personal matters. Chupack will continue on the series as a writer and is actively working on upcoming scripts. The show’s producers are still figuring out whether Newton’s pregnancy will be incorporated on the show. In the pilot, her character is a virgin.
The anthology dramedy suffered a casting setback recently when its other star, Jordana Spiro, had to be released because of her commitment to TBS’ My Boys. Spiro will exit after 3 episodes but may return for guest appearances. There are no immediate plans for her to be replaced, though Love Bites is adding another regular, Constance Zimmer, who will play Greg Grunberg’s wife. Grunberg was upped to a regular after his memorable guest-starring turn in the pilot where his wife was played by Pamela Adlon. The show’s regular cast now includes Newton, Grunberg and Zimmer.
The tentative new scheduling plan for Love Bites is to launch the show in January in its old Thursdays 10PM slot, following the conclusion of The Apprentice, but the network might put it on it sooner in another time period.
“Love Bites is incredibly important to me, …