Casting Notes: Laverne Cox Books Legal Pilot, Margo Martindale Returns to ‘Americans’ and more

Continuing/Returning Shows

The Americans. Emmy-winner Margo Martindale (Justified) is coming back for an episode of FX’s spy drama this season as ex-KGB supervisor Claudia. (TVLine)

Once Upon a Time. Agnes Bruckner (24, Private Practice, The Anna Nicole Story) will appear in three episodes of ABC’s fairy tale drama, but no one will say who she’s playing or when she’ll be on. (THR)

Ash v. Evil Dead. Ray Santiago (Meet the Fockers) and Dana DeLorenzo (Growing Up Fisher) have been cast in the Starz TV sequel to the cult horror trilogy as Ash’s (Bruce Campbell reprising his role from the films) sidekicks. (THR)

Pilots (by star)

Laverne Cox. The Orange is the New Black co-star has grabbed a supporting role on the CBS legal drama pilot Doubt from Grey’s Anatomy writer-executive producers Tony Phelan and Joan Rater. The show tells the story of a successful defense attorney who becomes romantically involved with a client who may or may not be a murderer. Cox will play “a transgender Ivy League-educated attorney, as competitive as she is compassionate. She’s described as fierce, funny and the fact that she’s experienced injustice first hand makes her fight all the harder for her clients.” (Wrap)

Ken Jeong. The Community co-star has had his comedy pilot Dr. Ken greenlit by ABC. He plays “a frustrated HMO doctor juggling medicine, marriage and parenting, and succeeding at none of them.” (Deadline)

Ava DuVernay. The director of the Academy Award-nominated Selma has signed on to direct CBS’ crime drama pilot For Justice about a female agent in the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division of the FBI based on James Patterson’s novel The Thomas Berryman Number. (The Wrap)

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