Casting Notes: OitNB Kicks Larry to the Curb for Season 3(!!), Dunham Guests on ‘Scandal’ and much more

Continuing/Returning Series

Scandal. Lena Dunham will guest star in March on the ABC show she’s so famously obsessed with. No details as of this writing. (TheWrap)

Orange is the New Black. The TV gods smile upon as all. Season 3 of the Netflix drama comedy will have 100% less of Jason Biggs’ “Larry.” I feel like I’ve just had a wart removed. (TVGuide)

Halt and Catch Fire. The AMC drama set in the 1980s PC industry has cast Aleksa Palladino (Boardwalk Empire) and Mark O’Brien (The Republic of Doyle) as a series regular and recurring character respectively. She’ll play a journalist and old college flame who reconnects with Joe (Lee Pace). He’ll play an IT guy. (Variety)

How to Get Away with Murder. Tom Everett Scott (Beauty and the Beast) will guest star in the season finale of ABC’s freshman hit thriller starring Viola Davis. He’ll play a priest accused of… wait for it… MUHDAH! (TVLine)

Crossing Lines. Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost, Gia) and Goran Visnjic (ER, Extant) will replace William Fichtner in Season 3 of the Euro-thriller which currently airs in North America on Canada’s CBC. (Deadline)

Upcoming Series

Supergirl. CBS‘ foray into super hero territory has cast Laura Benanti (Nashville) as Kara’s birth mother Alura Zor-El. (TVLine)

Maigret movies. Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean, Black Adder) has been cast as Georges Simenon’s detective Jules Maigret in a planned series of TV movies from ITV sure to turn up here in the states on PBS’ Masterpiece Theater. (THR)

The Late Late Show with James Corden. The Craig Ferguson replacement’s first guest on March 23 will be Tom Hanks. (THR)

Telenovela. Eva Longoria’s 13-episode NBC drama has added semi-pro footballer Jose Moreno Brooks (One Bad Choice) as a series regular. Gooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaallll!!!! (Deadline)

Damien. Lifetime’s TV sequel to the 1976 horror fick, The Omen, has cast Omid Abtahi (Those Who Kill) as a series regular, the besty of the now-adult titular demon spawn. (Deadline)

Guardians of the Galaxy. Disney XD’s animated adaptation of Marvel’s live action theatrical smash hit keeps adding voice cast. This time it’s James Arnold Taylor (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars: Rebels) as Yondu, leader of The Smugglers, and as Cosmo, the psychic Russian space dog. (THR)

Pilots (by star)

Morris Chestnut. The Best Man Holiday star has grabbed the series lead as a pathologist in FOX’s untitled drama pilot described as a close-ended procedural. (Deadline)

Stacey Farber (Degrassi: The Next Generation) will star in NBC’s comedy pilot Take it From Us, a love story told in flashback to New York in the 1990s. (Deadline)

Hal Ozsan (The Blacklist) and Johnny Ward (Love/Hate) will be series regulars in Lifetime’s pilot drama The Clan of the Cave Bear based on the novels by Jean M. Auel. Ozsan will play the clan leader and Ward will play his son. (Deadline)

Camille Gauty. The Scorpion star has landed a series regular gig in the one-hour ABC comedy/drama pilot Mix which tells the multi-generational, multi-cultural stories revolving around a family restaurant. (Deadline)

Jay R. Ferguson. The actor best known for his role as art guy Stan Rizzo has been cast in the lead in ABC’s untitled comedy pilot loosely based on the life of author/gay activist Dan Savage. He’ll play the Savage character’s cop father. (Deadline)

Thomas Sadoski (Newsroom) and Angelique Cabral (Enlisted) have joined previously announced cast members Colin Hanks, Diane Wiest, Zoe Lister Jones and Betsy Brandt in Life in Pieces, the CBS comedy pilot which tells the story of a family from the perspective of all the different characters. Sadoski plays the middle sibling and Cabral plays the woman he’s fallen in love with. (TVLine)

Jami Gertz. The former Square Pegs star (remember Square Pegs?) will reunite with her Neighbors producers Dan Fogelman and Aaron Kaplan in ABC’s untitled NBA comedy. She’ll play the mother of show lead Skylar Astin (Ground Floor), an un-basketball savvy translator for a talented Botswanan rookie who doesn’t speak English. (Deadline)

Philip Winchester. The Strike Back star has grabbed the lead in the NBC drama pilot Endgame, “a high-octane thriller set in the high-stakes world of Las Vegas” about a security expert investigating a conspiracy which could get a lot of people killed. (Deadline)

Eddie Cibrian (Third Watch), Donald Faison (Scrubs) and Rory Scovel (Ground Floor) have all been cast as Monica Potter’s ex-husbands in NBC’s as-yet untitled comedy pilot about a woman navigating the dating world with a busy family and three exes in tow. (TVLine)


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