Bess Rous (Beth Henley’s play The Jacksonian) has joined the cast of Murder In The First, TNT’s drama pilot co-created by Steven Bochco and Eric Lodal. It is a murder mystery set in contemporary San Francisco that centers on two SFPD homicide detectives, Terry Seagrave (Taye Diggs) and Hildy Mulligan (Kathleen Robertson), as they take on a case that seems more like a maze. Rous, repped by Greene & Associates and The Coronel Group, plays Wexler, a techy that is Erich Blount’s brilliant CTO and head of R&D.
Christopher Thornton has booked a role in the CBS drama pilot The Surgeon General, which centers on Dr. John Sherman (Jason Isaacs), the most powerful doctor in the nation who has 315 million patients. Thornton will play a funny wheelchair-bound Russian computer scientist and master researcher with a 4.0 from MIT who has developed a life-changing algorithm. Confined to a wheelchair in real life, Thornton, repped by Sweeney Entertainment, recurs as David Spade’s new assistant on Rules Of Engagement. Read More »
CBS’ drama pilot The Surgeon General has enlisted three well known actors for guest starring/potentially recurring roles. The project centers on Dr. John Sherman (Jason Isaacs), the most powerful doctor in the nation, the Surgeon General, who has 315 million patients. Anna Deavere Smith will play the Vice President; Paul McCrane is set as the President’s Chief of Staff and Miguel Sandoval as Sen. Nortega.
David Krumholtz is among a quartet of actors who round out the cast of the NBC/Sony comedy pilot Brenda Forever, which blends stories from Brenda Miller’s (Ellie Kemper) past and present to give a unique portrait of how a chubby, awkward but incredibly confident 13-year-old girl grew up to be a 31-year-old who still marches to the beat of her own drum. Krumholtz is set to play Neil, Brenda’s best friend. While the role is a lead one, Krumholtz has signed on as a guest star for now. Word is he was reluctant to commit to another broadcast series immediately following his starring turn on CBS’ Partners. Lindsay Kraft will play Jenny, Neil fiancee, a recurring role. Because of the concept of the pilot, the main characters are featured both as their current and younger selves. Mandalynn Carlson will play 13-year-old Brenda; Daija Owens is set as the young version of Brenda’s best friend Pearl.
CBS has won the Jason Isaacs sweepstakes. The Awake star, who was offered virtually every drama male lead in his age range this season, has closed a deal for CBS’ The Surgeon General. The CBS TV Studios-produced project centers on Dr. John Sherman (Isaacs)— the most powerful doctor in the nation, the Surgeon General, who has 315 million patients. As “America’s Doctor,” Sherman and his team battle the powerful forces of politics and business, fighting to protect the health of everyday Americans. In addition to starring, Brit Isaacs will serve as producer. He is with Gersh, The Collective and UK’s Paul Lyon Maris. Rod Lurie has come on board to direct the pilot, from Lie To Me creator/executive producer Samuel Baum.
CBS has added a medical drama to its mix of hourlong pilots, greenlighting The Surgeon General from Lie To Me creator/executive producer Samuel Baum. Baum wrote and executive produces the CBS TV Studios-produced project, which centers on Dr. John Sherman — the most powerful doctor in the nation, the Surgeon General, who has 315 million patients. As “America’s Doctor,” Sherman and his team battle the powerful forces of politics and business, fighting to protect the health of everyday Americans. The Surgeon General stems from the development deal Baum inked with CBS TV Studios last fall. Read More »