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TV CASTINGS: Actors Join ‘Alcatraz,’ ‘Wedding Band’ Pilots, ‘Hawaii Five-0′ Series

Nellie Andreeva

Former Heroes co-star Santiago Cabrera has landed the final regular role on Fox’s drama pilot Alcatraz. The project, executive produced by J.J. Abrams, chronicles the efforts of tenacious cop Rebecca (Sarah Jones) and team of FBI agents tracking down a group of missing Alcatraz prisoners and guards who reappear in the present day. Cabrera, repped by Gersh and Management 360, will play Jimmy, Rebecca’s sweet-natured fiance, an uniform cop. Cabrera is best known for his role on Heroes as comic book artist Isaac Mendez.

Well, this rules Jan Levenson as a potential successor to Michael Scott on NBC’s The Office. Melora Hardin, who has been playing Jan on a recurring basis, has been tapped for a lead role in the TBS pilot The Wedding Band. The hourlong comedy follows a group of guys performing in a wedding band, anchored by 2 lifelong best friends – perennial bachelor Tommy (Brian Austin Green) and Eddie (Peter Cambor), a married father of two. Hardin plays the sassy, demanding and opinionated president of Rutherford Events who hires the band for her events every week.

Former Secret World of Alex Mack star Larisa Oleynik is joining the cast of the freshman drama Hawaii Five-0. On CBS’ reboot of the classic cop show, Oleynik will play Jessica Kaye, an highly educated … Read More »

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CASTING ROUNDUP: Two Board 2 HBO Series As Recurring, Two Join TBS Pilot

By | Monday January 10, 2011 @ 10:02pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Paola Turbay has joined HBO’s drama True Blood as a recurring. She will play Antonia. We don’t know much about her except for the fact that she speaks fluent Spanish. The Houston, TX-born Turbay, who moved to Colombia at age 10, is former Miss Colombia and Miss Universe runner-up. She made her U.S. series debut as a regular on CBS’ Cane and has been recurring on USA’s Royal Pains. Turbay is with Domain and KLWG Management.

The Big Bang Theory star Johnny Galecki is joining the upcoming season of the HBO  comedy series Entourage as a recurring. He will play a “tougher” version of himself. Coming off a big movie and a hit TV show, Johnny signs with Eric aka E (Kevin Connolly) and Scott Lavin (Scott Caan) at Murray Berenson and takes interest in Eric’s girlfriend Sloan (Emmanuelle Chriqui). Galecki, who just finished shooting Andrew Niccol’s NOW, is with CAA and Untitled.

The TBS pilot Wedding Band follows a group of guys performing in a wedding band, anchored by 2 lifelong best friends – perennial bachelor Tommy (Brian Austin Green) and Eddie (Peter Cambor), a married father of two. Kathryn Fiore (Glory Daze) will play Eddie’s wife; The Good Guys co-star Jenny Wade will play Tommy’s love interest. Harold Perrineau and Derek Miller co-star in the pilot.

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Castings: TBS Assembles ‘Wedding Band’ & MTV’s ‘Inbetweeners’ Finds Female Lead

Nellie Andreeva

Beverly Hills, 90210 alum Brian Austin Green and Lost‘s Harold Perrineau will lead the cast of TBS’ hourlong comedy pilot The Wedding Band, while, Alex Frnka (Lifetime’s Unanswered Prayers) has landed the female lead in MTV’s half-hour pilot The Inbetweeners.

Peter Cambor (NCIS: Los Angeles) and Derek Miller (Secret Girlfriend) have also been cast in The Wedding Band, from FremantleMedia and Tollin Prods., which follows a group of guys who try to escape the stress and craziness of their lives by performing in a wedding band. The band, which will stop at nothing to make every wedding, birthday or bar mitzvah a concert to remember, is anchored by 2 lifelong best friends – one a perennial bachelor (Green) and the other a married father of two (Cambor). Josh Lobis and Darin Moiselle penned the script and are exec producing. Bryan Gordon will direct and co-exec produce. Green currently recurs on ABC’s Desperate Housewives as Bree’s (Marcia Cross) squeeze. APA-repped Perrineau most recently co-starred on ABC’s The Unusuals.

The Inbetweeners, a remake of the award-winning … Read More »

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