Royal Pains, which stars Mark Feuerstein as the go-to Hamptons “doctor for hire”, has cast Frances Conroy (American Horror Story, Six Feet Under) in a multi-episode story arc for Season 5 of the USA Network series. She will star as Blythe Ballard, a member of the Hamptons “royalty” who lives in the estate next to Hank (Feuerstein) and Evan’s (Paulo Costanzo) residence, Shadow Pond. Also cast are Callum Blue (Smallville, The Tudors) in a recurring role and Stephen Bishop (Moneyball), Kevin Kilner (House Of Cards), and Liza Lapira (Don’t Trust the B— In Apartment 23) in guest-starring roles. Ben Shenkman has been upped to regular for the show’s 13-episode fifth season, which is set to premiere in the summer. Season 5 production began last week. It moves to Savannah, GA, then internationally before returning to its Brooklyn and Long Island home base. The Universal Cable Prods-produced series is written and executive produced by Andrew Lenchewski and Michael Rauch. Paul Frank and Rich Frank also serve as executive producers with and Carol Flint, Jeff Kwatinetz from ProspectPark and Connie Burge. Jon Sherman, Jack Bernstein co-executive produce.
EXCLUSIVE: Six Feet Under alumna Frances Conroy and Alexandra Breckenridge (Life Unexpected) have been tapped for a role (yes, a role) in FX’s drama pilot American Horror Story, from Glee co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. The spooky project centers on Ben Harmon (Dylan McDermott), a handsome therapist who, along with his wife (Connie Britton) and their kids, move into a new house. Conroy will play their housekeeper, while Breckenridge will play an younger version of the character. Both Conroy and Breckenridge starred in broadcast pilots this season, Conroy in the ABC comedy Bad Mom and Breckenridge in the CW drama Cooper and Stone.
EXCLUSIVE: Six Feet Under alumna Frances Conroy is set to co-star opposite Jenna Elfman in ABC’s comedy pilot Bad Mom. The project, from ABC Studios and Kapital Entertainment, centers on Julia (Elfman), a mom whose two kids had been raised largely by her mom (Conroy). When her mom decides to get her life back, Julia has to do it alone. Bad Mom was created by British writer-actress-comedienne Sharon Horgan who is also co-starring in the pilot. On ABC, ICM-repped Conroy recently co-starred on drama series Happy Town and did a guest stint on Grey’s Anatomy.