Mariana Klaveno has been cast as Lily Munster in NBC’s Munsters reboot Mockingbird Lane. However, Klaveno’s deal is contingent on her being released from a pilot she had a regular role on: ABC’s Devious Maids. Klaveno is not one of the leads on Devious Maids and has just a few lines in the pilot. But, in light of the project’s possible move to Lifetime, in an act of gamesmanship or a mix of both, Devious Maids producer ABC Studios has so far refused to release the actress. I hear that, in a major departure from precedent, NBC is even willing to let Klaveno recur on Devious Maids in exchange for securing her in first position to Mockingbird Lane, where she would play the female lead.
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ABC Studios has been looking to cut costs for Devious Maids‘ potential move to cable (I hear the main actresses have been asked to take a pay cut), but the studio has not agreed to convert Klaveno’s role to a recurring so she can join Mockingbird Lane. After one extension, I hear there is now a ticking clock that expires at the end of business today to get Klaveno released from Devious Maids so she can play Lilly Munster. At this point, with ABC Studios digging in (it has Klaveno in first position until at least June 30, when they can extend her option), it is probably going to take a miracle — or a call from NBC topper Bob Greenblatt to Devious Maids creator Marc Cherry — to get her released. If that doesn’t happen, NBC will likely go back to the drawing board and start casting the Lily Munster role again. Read More »
All My Children creator Agnes Nixon will appear on the daytime drama, which is nearing the end of its run on ABC. In an arc starting Aug. 31, she will reprise her role as Agnes Eckhart, a long-standing board member of Pine Valley Hospital, which she created for herself in 2005 when she first appeared on the show as part of its 35th anniversary. This time around, Eckhart is admitted to Pine Valley Hospital, where Cara (Lindsay Hartley) and David (Vincent Irizarry) tend to her. She also crosses paths with Erica Kane (Susan Lucci).
Another soap veteran, The Young and the Restless regular Michael Graziadei, has booked a recurring role on FX’s upcoming drama series American Horror Story. The thriller, from Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck, is about a couple (Dylan McDermott, Connie Britton) moving into a 1920s house and their new nosy neighbor Constance (Jessica Lange). Graziadei, repped by Innovative and Main Title, will play Constance’s new, young boyfriend. Read More »
Lamorne Morris has been cast in Fox’s New Girl, the Zooey Deschanel series that set to premiere Sept. 20. He will play Winston, a former athlete who is one of three roommates that takes in a fourth (Deschanel). … Callum Keith Rennie has been booked as a series regular on NBC’s midseason drama The Firm opposite Josh Lucas and Juliette Lewis. He will play Ray McDeere, the older brother to Mitch (Lucas). Rennie is repped by APA and Hodgson Management. … Richard T. Jones will recur on the upcoming season of CBS’ Hawaii 5-0. He is repped by Buchwald/Fortitude.
James Wolk (Lone Star) has been cast in a multi-episode arc on the second season of Showtime’s Shameless. He will play Adam, an investment executive who makes a connection with Fiona (Emmy Rossum). Wolk is repped by WME. … Teddy Sears (Raising the Bar) has been cast in Lifetime’s Drew Peterson movie alongside Rob Lowe, playing Peterson’s best friend. Sears, who is recurring on USA Network’s Necessary Roughness, will next be seen as a mysterious character on Torchwood. He is repped by APA and manager Sandy Erickson. … Mariana Klaveno has booked a recurring role on Showtime’s Dexter. She will play Carissa Morris, a professor at Florida University. Klaveno recently guest starred on CBS’ Hawaii Five-O and plays a vampire on HBO’s True Blood. She is repped by APA and Shelter Entertainment. … David Andrews has been set … Read More »