Casting Notes: Whoopi Goldberg and Marcia Gay Harden Book Pilots

Continuing/Returning Shows

Devious Maids. Telenovela star Cristián de la Fuente has been added to the third season of Marc Cherry’s (Desperate Housewives) Lifetime comedy drama as a series regular who shares a past with one of the maids. (THR)

Upcoming Shows

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Kevin Michael Richardson (Family Guy, The Simpsons) will be taking over for Vin Diesel in voicing Groot in the Disney XD animated series based on the hit film. Richardson previously voiced the character in a 2014 episode of Marvel’s Avengers Assemble. (THR)

Outsiders. Gillian Alexy (McLeod’s Daughters) has joined the new WGN drama from producer Paul Giamatti about a power struggle among the close knit clans of Appalachia. (Deadline)

Pilots (by star)

Whoopi Goldberg. The View co-host will co-star across from comedian Jermaine Fowler (Orange is the New Black) in the ABC multi-camera comedy pilot Delores & Jermaine. She’ll play a former cop and the grandmother of Jermaine (the show is inspired by his life), a young man with a lot of ideas, but no plans. She’s got the discipline he’s got the youthful energy. You get the picture. (Deadline)

Marcia Gay Harden. The Miller’s Crossing star and Oscar winner for Pollock currently appearing on ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder has booked the CBS medical pilot Code Black based on the documentary of the same name about the busiest E.R. in LA County. She’ll play a new doctor whose life experience gives her an edge over the younger residents. (TVLine)

Josh Peck. The former Nickelodeon child star (Drake & Josh, Red Dawn) will star opposite John Stamos in the latter’s as-yet-untitled single-camera FOX comedy pilot. Stamos plays a confirmed bachelor whose lifestyle gets upended when he finds out he’s a father. Peck plays the kid. (Deadline)

Jaimie Alexander. “Lady Sif” from Thor: The Dark World and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been cast in the NBC mystery thriller pilot Blindspot as a woman who wakes up inside of a duffle bag in Times Square with no clothes, no memory and only a series of tattoos that might be clues to her predicament. (THR)

Skylar Astin. Fresh off his show Ground Floor getting cancelled, the Pitch Perfect star has landed the lead in the untitled NBA comedy pilot on ABC. He’ll play the un-basketball savvy translator for a talented Botswanan rookie who doesn’t speak English. (THR)

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