Kevin Dunn has been promoted to regular on HBO’s comedy Veep. Dunn, who plays Ben, President’s pragmatic Chief of Staff, along with Gary Cole, joined the comedy starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus for major recurring arcs on the upcoming second season, which premieres April 14. Dunn’s promotion comes as he was entertaining broadcast pilot offers. At HBO, Dunn, repped by Gersh and Lighthouse Entertainment, also is recurring on the upcoming drama series True Detective starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson and co-starred on Luck.
Harry Lennix and Ilfenesh Hadera have joined NBC/Sony TV’s drama pilot The Blacklist, which centers on Red (James Spader), the world’s most wanted criminal who mysteriously turns himself in and offers to give up everyone he has ever worked with. His only condition is he will only work with a newly minted FBI agent, Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone), with whom he seemingly has no connection. Lennix plays Harold Cooper, the successful yet cynical Assistant Director of Counterterrorism at the FBI. Hadera, repped by Gersh, plays FBI Agent Jennifer Palmer, who is Elizabeth’s best friend. Lennix, repped by Innovative Artists and Brookside Artist Management, will next be seen in Man Of Steel and indie Mr. Sophistication, which he stars in produced.
AMC is ramping up scripted development with pilot orders to two period dramas: Turn, from Nikita creator/executive producer Craig Silverstein and Barry Josephson, and Halt & Catch Fire, from Breaking Bad executive producer Mark Johnson. The cable network already ordered two scripted pilots this year — Low Winter Sun and the untitled Richard LaGravenese/Tony Goldwyn project, marking the first time AMC had picked up two pilots at the same time. Now the network has greenlighted a whopping four pilots in the same year — that is almost as many AMC ordered in the five years it has been in the original programming business. Filming on Turn and Halt & Catch Fire is slated for next year, while Low Winter Sun and the LaGravenese/Goldwyn project recently completed production. I hear AMC brass won’t wait for Halt & Catch Fire and Turn to be done before making pickup decisions on the other two pilots. Halt & Catch Fire and Turn were among half a dozen scripts that participated in AMC’s pilot script showcase in April, along with Low Winter Sun and the LaGravenese/Goldwyn project, which got the nod. Turn and Halt & Catch Fire were kept in consideration, and are now joining the other two as pilots.