Casting News: renewed contracts and promotions for the actors of Grey’s Anatomy, new faces in His Dark Materials…

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As filming gradually resumes, casting announcements keep multiplying. This is an opportunity to take a look at the latest information that has been revealed over the last few weeks.

Connecting – NBC
The Connecting series, having a total of 8 episodes commissioned, has announced the first names of its cast: Otmara Marrero (StartUp), Parvesh Cheena (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Keith Powell (30 Rock), Shakina Nayfack (Difficult People), Ely Henry (Suburgatory) et Preacher Lawson. This series by Martin Gero (Stargate: Atlantis) and Brendan Gall (Blindspot) will follow a group of friends who are trying to stay close and sane through video chats in the midst of the pandemic. (Source)

All Rise – CBS
Lindsey Gort, the actor who plays Amy Quinn in All Rise, has been promoted to series regular for season two of the CBS procedural series. She appeared in 11 of the 21 episodes during the first season. (Source)

The Flight Attendant – HBO Max
Michelle Gomez (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) will be joining the dark comedy The Flight Attendant which follows Cassie (Kaley Cuoco), a stewardess who wakes up one day in a hotel with a hangover and a dead body next to her. Michelle Gomez will portray Miranda, a savvy businesswoman with anger management issues who meets Cassie in Bangkok. The role was previously played by Sonoya Mizuno (Maniac). (Source)

Shadows In The Vineyard
Judith Light (Who’s the Boss?) and Noah Wyle (ER) will produce and perform in Shadows In The Vineyard, an adaptation of the bestseller The True Story of the Plot to Poison The World’s Greatest Wine written by journalist Maximillian Potter. Production is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2021 in Europe. Just as a reminder, the backdrop for this story is Burgundy and its famous Romanée-Conti wine (Source)

Grey’s Anatomy – ABC
According to Deadline‘s information, Kim Raver, Camilla Luddington and Kevin McKidd have signed new long-term contracts to remain in the cast of Grey’s Anatomy.

In addition, Richard Flood and Anthony Hill have been promoted to series regulars for season 17, where they will play Dr. Cormac Hayes and Dr. Winston Ndugu respectively. (Source)

Chucky – Syfy / USA Network
Brad Dourif will once again be the voice of Chucky, the diabolical doll who has made a name for himself on the big screen since 1988. This time, Chucky is preparing to terrorize the small screen in a series planned for the Syfy and USA Network. (Source)

Station 19 – ABC
Stefania Spampinato, Carina DeLuca’s recurring character in Grey’s Anatomy, has been promoted to series regular in Station 19. This promotion happens just after her character started dating Maya Bishop (Danielle Savre), the Captain of Station 19 of the Seattle Fire Department. (Source)

Central Park – Apple TV+
Emmy Raver-Lampman (The Umbrella Academy) was chosen to be the voice of Molly Tillerman’s character in Central Park, Apple TV+’s new animated series. She replaces Kristen Bell (The Good Place) who had withdrawn from the role upon mutual agreement with the creative team in order to allow a black or mixed-race actress to play this character. (Source)

The Simpsons – Fox
The 32nd season of The Simpsons will feature several high-profile guests including David Harbour (Stranger Things), Ben Platt (The Politician), Hannibal Buress (Broad City), Michael Palin (Clangers) et Olivia Colman (The Crown). (Source)

Sweet Tooth – Netflix
Dania Ramirez (Once Upon A Time)has joined the Netflix adaptation of the comic book Sweet Tooth. According to Deadline, she will play Aimee, a pioneer in the middle of this dystopian America. Alone in an abandoned city, she tries to rebuild a sustainable habitat and wants to provide a home for orphaned hybrids. The cast of Sweet Tooth will also include Christian Convery, Nonso Anozie, Adeel Akhtar and Will Forte. James Brolin will be the narrator. (Source)

Nine Perfect Strangers – Hulu
Michael Shannon (Waco), Regina Hall (Black Monday) and Bobby Cannavale (Mr. Robot) will work alongside Nicole Kidman in the Nine Perfect Strangers mini-series. Michael Shannon will play Napoleon, one of the nine strangers participating in the 10-day retreat at the Masha resort. In the book, Heather and Napoleon are married and have lost a son. Bobby Cannavale and Regina Hall will also incarnate some of the “perfect” strangers.

In the last few days,, Tiffany Boone (Hunters), Grace Van Patten (Maniac), Melvin Gregg (American Vandal) and Luke Evans (The Alienist) have also been announced as part of the cast for the David E. Kelley mini-series. (Source)

Power Book II: Ghost – Starz
Shalim Ortiz (Grand Hotel) was given a recurring role in Power Book II: Ghost, a Power spin-off. He will play Danilo Ramirez, a police officer on duty in Queens who is torn between his duty to justice and his duty to his loved ones. (Source)

Sheeri Saum (Locke & Key) will also be part of this spin-off series and will portray the character of Paula Matarazzo. (Source)

His Dark Materials– HBO/BBC
Terence Stamp (Smallville), Jade Anouka (Charlie, monte le son) and Simone Kirby (Resistance) join the season 2 cast of His Dark Materials. Terence Stamp will play Giacomo Paradisi, the bearer of the subtle knife and who lives in the Tower of Angels in Cittàgazze. Jade Anouka will play the Witch Queen who joins forces with Serafina Pekkala against the Magisterium. Simone Kirby, for her part, will portray Dr. Mary Malone, a scientist from our world who conducts a research on dark matter. (Source)

Days Of Our Lives – NBC
Greg Vaughan, the actor who plays Eric Brady in Days of Our Lives, has announced his departure. He was part of the cast since 2012. The actor left the door open to a possible return to the series that allowed him to win the award for Best Supporting Actor at the Daytime Emmy Awards. (Source)

Van Helsing – Syfy
Van Helsing‘s fifth and final season welcomes three new faces: Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy), Ali Liebert (Bomb Girls) and Steve Bacic (Spooksville). The former will play Count Dalibor, Olivia’s husband, who despite having good intentions makes disastrous choices. Ali Liebert will play Nina, a vampire who is linked to Julius’ past and who has a project that involves a lot of deaths. Steve Bacic will be the “father”, a wild vampire who dresses in animal skins and hides in an abandoned mine with a child. (Source)

Invincible – Amazon Prime Video
Invincible, the animated series based on Robert Kirkman, ‘s eponymous comics, will feature Zachary Quinto (Star Trek) et Khary Payton (The Walking Dead) in its voice casting. Zachary Quinto will be voicing the character known as Black Samson, a member of the Guardians of the Globe, while Khary Payton will be the voice of Robot, an ally of Invincible, the superhero. (Source)

Kings of America – Netflix
Amy Adams (Sharp Objects) will be joining director Adam McKay for the series Kings of America. She will play one of the lead roles in this Jess Kimball Leslie creation that follows “three powerful women whose lives were inextricably linked to the world’s largest corporation: a Walmart heiress, a non-conformist executive, and a longtime Walmart salesperson and preacher who dared to fight the retail giant in the largest class action lawsuit in U.S. history”. (Source)

Legends of Tomorrow – The CW
Shayan Sobhian, a recurring guest in season 5, was promoted to series regular for the sixth season of Legends of Tomorrow according to Deadline. Olivia Swann will also be back in the upcoming season despite what the season 5 finale suggested. (Source)

Duncanville – Fox
Rashida Jones, Wiz Khalifa and Joy Osmanski will become series regulars for season two of Duncanville. The animated series follows Duncan Harris, an “average” 15-year-old teenager who is always on the verge of making the wrong decisions in his life and has a wild imagination. (Source)

Shining Vale – Starz
Greg Kinnear (House of Cards) will be joining Courteney Cox (Friends) in the cast of the horror comedy Shining Vale. The series follows a dysfunctional family who decides to move to a small town to live in a house where terrible events have taken place. No one seems to notice except Pat (Courteney Cox). Greg Kinnear will play Terri, Pat’s sweet and loving husband who thought he had the perfect wife until he discovers that she was cheating on him with the handyman. (Source)

Another Life – Netflix
The second season of Another Life will introduce four new actors. Tongayi Chirisa (iZombie) will be appearing as series regular alongside Katee Sackhoff while Dillon Casey (Remedy), Shannon Chan-Kent (Good Trouble) et Kurt Yaeger (L.A.’s Finest) will join in recurring roles. (Source)

This Country – Fox
Aya Cash (You’re the Worst) and Justin Linville (Twelfth Grade (or Whatever)) were hired as regulars for the comedy This Country. The series will follow the daily lives of cousins (Chelsea Holmes) and Shrub Mallet (Sam Straley), who are followed by a documentary crew investigating young adults and their current concerns in the heart of a small town. Aya Cash will be Cheryl, a Minneapolis journalist who has become the editor of the local newspaper. Justin Linville will play Mickey, a former classmate of Kelly and Shrub’s who works at the fireworks store.. (Source)

Ghosts – CBS
Rose McIver will be playing alongside Utkarsh Ambudkar (Brockmire) in the pilot of Ghosts. The actor, also a part of Pitch Perfect, has just been hired in this new CBS comedy to play the role of Ryan, Sam’s husband. In this series, Ryan and Sam (Rose McIver) fulfill their dream by inheriting a beautiful country house before realizing that it is falling apart and is inhabited by former residents who have passed away. (Source)

Blood Relative – Fox
Three more names have been added to the cast of Blood Relative: Dascha Polanco (Orange is The New Black), Tracie Thoms (Sidetracked) and Sarah Catherine Hook. They will be joining Tate Donovan et Melissa Leo in this series which will focus on Louise Kelly (Melissa Leo), an expert in genetic genealogy, a revolutionary tool in forensic science. (Source)

Big Sky – ABC
Jade Pettyjohn (Little Fires Everywhere) has been cast as one of the leading roles in David E. Kelley‘s new series Big Sky. This procedural thriller will follow private investigator Cassie Dewell (Kylie Bunbury) as she teams up with ex-cop Jenny Hoyt (Katheryn Winnick) to search for Danielle (Natalie Alyn Lind) and Grace, two sisters who have been kidnapped by a truck driver on a remote Montana highway. Jade Pettyjohn will play Grace and is described as a tough girl whose wisdom is well beyond her (young) age. (Source)

American Auto – NBC
Tye White (Greenleaf), Michael Benjamin Washington (100 Questions), Jon Barinholtz (Superstore) and Humphrey Ker (The Wrong Door) will be joining the American Auto series, which focuses on a large Detroit-based automotive company and its completely out-of-date management team that must reinvent itself to keep up with the fast-changing industry. (Source)

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