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The Casting Corner: September 11, 2017

Welcome to The Casting Corner! TV news, particularly casting, comes at us very fast. Actors leave shows, join new pilots, take recurring roles in between seasons of their series regular gig. There’s just a lot to keep up with, which is where we come in. Here is the casting news we are highlighting this week:

Jim Carrey arrives at LACMA’s 50th Anniversary Gala held at Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Saturday, April 18, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Jim Carrey will star in Showtime comedy “Kidding.” This will be his first regular television role since “In Living Color.” Carrey will play Jeff on the comedy who runs a multimillion dollar branding empire and happens to have played children’s television icon Mr. Pickles. When his life at home changes for the worst Jeff has serious difficult navigating the crisis. The 10-episode series is an extension of Carrey’s relationship with Showtime. The network recently renewed “I’m Dying Up Here,” which Carrey executive produces. (Variety)

E! Series “The Arrangement” has added Jacob Artist to its cast. The series centers on young actress Megan (Christine Evangelista) and how her life changes after she enters into a contract marriage with Kyle (Josh Henderson), a huge movie star. Artist will recur as the charming Wes Blaker, who is armed with a sense of humor, but also a dark side. (TVLine)

Tony winner Lena Hall is making her TV debut as a series regular on TNT drama “Snowpiercer.” Based on the 2013 film, the series is set in a frozen wasteland and centers what is left of humanity, who are living on a train that is always circling the globe. Hall’s Sayori is the archivist who maintains written records and oral histories to make sure key roles on the train are always filled. She joins Annalise Basso, Jennifer Connelly, Daveed Diggs, Sasha Frolova, Benjamin Haigh, Katie McGuinness, Susan Park, Mickey Sumner, Alison Wright and Roberto Urbina. (The Hollywood Reporter

“Supernatural” is bringing Michael back in season 13, but he will look a little different. The character was last seen in season 5 using Jake Abel’s Adam as a vessel, but now he will be played by Christian Keyes. The CW series ended its last season with a rift being opened into a new world that the sibling heroes will definitely have to deal with when the drama returns. Part of that new world is Archangel Michael has become a Genghis Khan-like conqueror who the brothers will now have to come up against. (EW)

The upcoming “Grey’s Anatomy” firefighter spinoff is bringing someone over from the flagship series. “Grey’s Anatomy” star Jason George, who plays Dr. Ben Warren, will transition to the spinoff, which is set in a Seattle firehouse, when it airs. George first appeared in Season 6 and became a series regular in Season 12. Warren will still be part of the main cast in the upcoming Season 14 before joining the new series and his storyline will build towards the character’s move. He joins Jaina Lee Ortiz, who landed a lead role earlier this year. (Variety)

“Will & Grace” has added some more impressive guest stars for its upcoming revival. Jane Lynch and Andrew Rannells has joined the cast. While there are no details about who they will be playings, the two will appear in the same episode. The guest cast for the series is an impressive mix of new guest stars, like Ben Platt, and returning characters from the series’ original run. Bobby Cannavale, Harry Connick Jr. and Minnie Driver are reprising their roles. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Nate Corddry is landed a starring role opposite Frances O’Connor in Hulu’s “Locke & Key.” The series centers on three siblings who move into the home their ancestors owned in Maine with their mother and find keys that give them various powers. What they don’t know about is the demon who will stop at nothing to get the keys. Corddry is set to play the uncle of the Locke children Duncan Locke. Along with his boyfriend Brian Rogers, Duncan helps the Locke’s move into their new home. He doesn’t know about the evil in the house, but he does have a few secrets of his own. (Deadline)

On the heels of appearing on “Scream Queens,” Keke Palmer has joined the cast of “Scream.” The series is returning as a horror anthology set to air over three nights next year. Palmer will play social activist Kym who will be in the midst of the murder mystery of the series. RJ Cyler, Giorgia Whigham, Giullian Yao Gioiello and Jessica Sula are the other new additions to the series. They join previously cast Tyga and C.J. Wallace. Palmer will next be seen on Epix’s spy drama “Berlin Station.” (TVLine)

Syfy’s Superman prequel series “Krypton” has found its Adam Strange. Shaun Sipos has nabbed the series regular role. The drama is set two generations before the destruction of Krypton that sends Superman to Earth. It will center on Superman’s grandfather Seg-El, played by Cameron Cuffe, as he tries to redeem his family’s name after the House of El was shamed and save his planet. Adam Strange is a human stranded on Krypton who becomes a mentor to Superman’s grandfather. (Deadline)

What casting are you most excited about? Let us know!

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