Kristoffer Polaha has joined Dennis Haysbert in the CBS/20th TV drama pilot Backstrom. Written by Hart Hanson based on the Swedish book series, the project centers on Everett Backstrom, an overweight, offensive, irascible detective as he tries, and fails, to change his self-destructive behavior. Polaha plays Sgt. Peter Niedermayer, the unit’s Forensics Liaison. Polaha, repped by Medavoy Management and WME, has been working steadily on series for the past several years with starring/co-starring roles on Life Unexpected, Ringer and Made In Jersey.
Kelly Hu (Arrow) has been cast in the CW‘s The 100. Set 97 years after a nuclear war destroyed civilization, it revolves around 100 juvenile delinquents sent back to Earth to investigate the possibility of re-colonizing the planet. Hu, repped by Buchwald/Fortitude, Untitled and attorney Neil Meyer, will play Cece, the Chief Communications Officer on the Ark.
Life Unexpected star Kristoffer Polaha has been tapped for a co-starring role on the CBS/CBS Studios drama pilot Ringer. The project centers on troubled young woman Bridget (Sarah Michelle Gellar) who, while on the run from the mob, hides out by inhabiting the life of her rich twin sister, Siobhan, until she learns that her twin’s life has a bounty on it as well. Polaha will play the husband of Siobnah’s best friend Gemma (Tara Summers), an out-of-work novelist and father of 3-year-old twins who is secretly having an affair with Siobhan and, unaware that Bridget has taken over Siobhan’s identity, is hurt and confused by her lukewarm behavior. The casting stems from the rich talent-holding deal Polaha, repped by WME and Mosaic, signed with CBS and CBS Studios in November. MORE
James Adomian has landed a co-lead opposite Sarah Paulson in NBC’s untitled Kari Lizer multicamera comedy. From Warner Bros. TV, it is a workplace comedy about Mary (Paulson), a relationship-challenged woman who, with the help of her co-workers, guides people through unexpected career transitions and downsizings. Adomian will play Mary’s assistant. Adomian, repped by ICM and Principato/Young, was a finalist on NBC’s Last Coming Standing last year.
Also cast in pilots are Cress Williams, who joined CW’s Rachel Bilson-starring medical drama Hart of Dixie playing a potential rival to Bilson’s character, and Shaun Parkes, who was added to ABC’s … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Kristoffer Polaha is staying in the CBS family. Polaha, who stars on the critically praised CW/CBS Studios drama Life Unexpected, has signed a rich talent holding deal with CBS and CBS Studios to topline a new project eyed for next fall. I hear Polaha was offered the deal the day CW decided not to give Life Unexpected a back order, effectively sealing the fate of the sophomore drama. There are four unaired episodes of LUX left and, barring any last-minute ratings surge, the series will be done in January, allowing Polaha to take on pilot duty for CBS.
Actors signed in talent deals by CBS have gone on to headline some of its biggest series, including William Petersen on CSI, Melina Kanakaredes on CSI: NY, LL Cool J on NCIS: LA and Alex O’Loughlin on Hawaii Five-0. Polaha, repped by WME and Mosaic, is the only drama actor on CBS’ talent roster for this pilot season. On the comedy side, the network has deals with Leah Remini and Rob Riggle. Polaha’s breakthrough came in 2003 when he was cast in the title role of the telefilm America’s Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story. He went on to star on several series, including Fox’s North Shore and ABC’s Miss Guided, and also recurred on AMC’s Mad Men.