EXCLUSIVE: Megan Boone (Law & Order: LA) is set as the female lead in NBC‘s drama pilot The Blacklist. Written by Jon Bokenkamp, the project centers on Red, 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 (Boone), with whom he seemingly has no connection. Boone, repped by Gersh, Circle of Confusion and attorney Jamie Feldman, recently did an arc on Blue Bloods.
EXCLUSIVE: CBS and CBS TV Studios have recruited another actress to fill the void left by co-star Jennifer Esposito being sidelined with Celiac disease. Law & Order: LA alumna Megan Boone has been tapped to play a new temporary partner for Detective Danny Reagan (Donnie Wahlberg). Her deal is for three episodes with a series option behind it.
In a move that has stirred controversy, Esposito was put on medical leave recently after her doctor advised her to reduce her work load from full- to part-time, a request the studio said it could not accommodate given the demands of the role. CBS left the door for Esposito to return but in the interim, it is bringing in actresses to play revolving partners for Danny, starting with Megan Ketch, who is filming four episodes. She will be followed by Boone. Coincidentally, Esposito was among several actresses tried out as temporary partners for Danny in guest arcs at the beginning of Season 1 before she got the gig full-time. Boone’s option also allows her to become a regular should a need arise. UPDATE: Jennifer Esposito took to Twitter to react to Boone’s casting. “There it is. CBS got rid of the only minority cast member so they can have an ALL WHITE CAST like CSI,” she wrote.
Also on Twitter, Esposito last weekend called the move to sideline her “shameful behavior.” She has expressed her desire to return to …
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EXCLUSIVE: The ADAs on NBC’s Law & Order: Los Angeles will be without assistance for now. As part of a creative overhaul of the Law & Order spinoff, co-stars Regina Hall and Megan Boone are departing the series. Hall plays ADA Evelyn Price, who works for ADA Morales (Alfred Molina); Boone plays DDA Lauren Stanton, who works under Joe Dekker (Terrence Howard). Boone is exiting completely, while Hall may return for a couple of episodes. The departures follow the early exit of series regular Wanda de Jesus who left in early September, before LOLA had premiered. I hear LOLA‘s casting director has been reading actresses for a potential new female ADA role on the show, which is now filming episode 12 and is returning with originals next month. NBC and Wolf Films have been discussing tweaks to LOLA since its launch, with conversations still underway. After a solid debut, the series has been middling in the ratings and has drawn some criticism from die-hard Law & Order fans. But it has been the highest-rated new NBC drama this fall, averaging a 3.0 demo rating.
EXCLUSIVE: Megan Boone has joined the cast of NBC’s new drama series Law & Order: Los Angeles as a regular. She will play a new DDA, tentatively named Lauren Gardner. Originally there was supposed to be one DDA on the series. But when the ADA duties were split in two after Alfred Molina and Terrence Howard signed on to play different ADAs each appearing in roughly half of the episodes, each of them needed his own assistant, thus the need for two DDAs on the show. Regina Hall was recently cast as DDA Eva Price, who assists Molina. Boone will be Howard’s DDA. Also co-starring on the Wolf Films/UMS series are Skeet Ulrich, Corey Stoll and Wanda De Jesus. Boone, repped by Gersh and D/F, most recently played the lead on the CW pilot HMS. That pilot is not dead yet but the actors’ options have expired.
Meanwhile, earlier today ABC announced that Jane Badler, who starred on the original V mini-series, will join the cast of ABC’s V remake as a recurring, playing Diana, mother to Vs leader Anna (Morena Baccarin). Badler will make her debut in the Season 2 premiere.