Zoe Boyle (Breathless, Downton Abbey) is set as a female lead in ABC’s summer drama series Astronaut Wives Club. The project, from Fake Empire, Groundswell Productions and ABC Studios, tells the real story of the women who stood beside …
UPDATE: Heroes alum Greg Grunberg is returning to primetime. No, he hasn’t been drafted for the upcoming Heroes event miniseries on NBC but for a co-starring role in ABC’s medical drama pilot Warriors from writer Chris Keyser, Mandeville TV and ABC Studios. Inspired by the Walter Reed Military Medical Center, Warriors follow the best and brightest active-duty military doctors and nurses as they practice trailblazing medicine. Grunberg, repped by manager Susan Calogerakis, Resolution, and Jackoway Tyerman, will play wheelchair-bound OBGYN and obstetrical surgeon Leonard Mooney, a decommissioned officer with a gambling problem.
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Erik Palladino (NCIS:LA) has landed a regular role in ABC drama pilot Agatha from ABC Studios and The Mark Gordon Co. Agatha is a character-driven procedural about a former convict-turned-big-city criminologist who is brought in to help local police crack a case involving a perplexing disappearance. Palladino, with the Coronel Group, will play Captain Benjamin Cooper, the admired and well-respected head of Philadelphia’s Major Crimes division.
Amanda Detmer (Necessary Roughness) has been cast in ABC’s drama pilot Sea Of Fire, which chronicles the fallout from three teenage girls starring in a pornographic film, which tears their families apart and leads to a disappearance and a murder. …
Meta Golding (The Hunger Games franchise) and Jee Young Han (Young Adult) have been cast in Agatha, from ABC Studios and Mark Gordon Co., about a former convict-turned-big-city criminologist who is brought in to help local police crack a case involving a perplexing disappearance.
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Veteran Judd Hirsch (Taxi) will co-star in Forever, from creator Matt Miller and WBTV. It centers on Dr. Henry Morgan, New York City’s star medical examiner who is immortal. His investigative work with Detective Jo Martinez and relationship with best friend Abe (Hirsch), a older and insightful gentleman who knows Henry’s secret, will peel back the layers of Henry’s colorful and long life. Hirsch is repped by Joan Sittenfield Management and attorney Jake Jacobson
Kathleen Munroe (Alphas) has joined the cast of Clementine from the Mark Gordon Co. and ABC Studios. It centers on troubled 28-year-old psychic Clementine Ross (Sarah Snook) who sees her life begin to change in unexpected ways when she decides to stop running from her past. Munroe will play Lydia, Charlie’s (Kevin Alejandro) practical, regimented, and protective fianceé who is often at odds with Clementine. Munroe, repped by Magnolia, The Kohner Agency, Gary Goddard and Ryan Nord, recurs on ABC’s midseason drama Resurrection.
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Mather Zickel (House Of Lies, Masters Of Sex) has been cast opposite Kate Walsh in NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot Bad Judge. The project, from writer Chad Kultgen and producers Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Anne Heche, centers on Rebecca (Walsh), a hard-living, sexually unapologetic woman who plays with the law, and whose life on the edge is constantly in balance as she also happens to be a judge in the criminal court system. Zickel, repped by Abrams Artists Agency and attorney Lev Ginsburg, will play Gary, a psychiatrist who has an on again-off again relationship with Rebecca, often is called into her courtroom as an expert witness — and he often winds up necking furiously with her in chambers.
Dexter alumna Jennifer Carpenter has lined up her next project, signing on as the female lead in ABC’s drama pilot Sea Of Fire, from writer Jenna Bans, Sony TV, Scripted World and Mandeville. When three teenage girls star in a …
EXCLUSIVE: ABC has given early pilot orders to two dramas: Sea Of Fire, based on a Dutch format, and How To Get Away With Murder, from Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers’ Shondaland. Both projects are in the serialized thriller/mystery genre and come from writers groomed by Rhimes who work on her hot ABC drama Scandal – executive producer Jenna Bans and co-executive producer Peter Nowalk.
Sea Of Fire, from Sony Pictures TV, Scripted World and Mandeville, was written by Bans. When three teenage girls star in a pornographic film, it tears their families apart and leads to a disappearance, a murder and host of other secrets boiling under the surface in a small town. The original series, Vuurzee, which drew comparisons to Twin Peaks, was produced by and aired on pubcaster VARA and ran for two seasons that aired four years apart, in 2005 and in 2009. Sea Of Fire is executive produced by Bans; Scripted World’s Rob Golenberg and Alon Aranya; Mandeville’s David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Laurie Zaks; as well as VARA’s Robert Kievit and Frank Ketelaar. This was ABC’s second stab at adapting the format. Last year the project, written by another writer, didn’t go beyond the script stage. Sea Of Fire marks the third consecutive ABC pilot for Scripted World based on a Dutch format. The first two, Red Widow and Betrayal both went to series.
EXCLUSIVE: Sea Of Fire is back in development at ABC. The network has closed a deal to take another stab at adapting the Dutch drama series with Sony Pictures TV and Scripted World, which first teamed last season. Joining them this year is ABC Studios-based Mandeville and writer-producer Jenna Bans, who replaces the project’s writer last year, Steve Maeda. Sea Of Fire is set in a small town. When three teenage girls star in a pornographic film, it tears their families apart and leads to a disappearance, a murder and host of other secrets boiling under the surface. The original series, Vuurzee, was set in a fictional resort town and centered on the disappearance of a young woman during a birthday party celebration. (Watch opening credits below.) The series, which drew comparisons to Twin Peaks, was produced by and aired on pubcaster VARA and ran for two seasons that aired four years apart, in 2005 and in 2009.