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The Casting Corner: Week Of August 14, 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:

Shay Mitchell has made her first big “Pretty Little Liars” move. The actress has been cast opposite Penn Badgley and Elizabeth Lail in Lifetime’s upcoming series “You.” The series, which is based on Caroline Kepnes’ novel of the same name, follows the brilliant Joe who uses technology to make Beck, the woman of his dreams, fall in love with him. Mitchell plays Beck’s controlling friend Peach who has eyes for Joe. In addition to joining the series, Mitchell’s new deal includes a production deal, which would allow the actress to develop new projects. (Deadline)

Michael Douglas and Chuck Lorre could be bringing Netflix’s next great comedy series to all of our screens. In his first series regular role since 1970’s crime drama “The Streets of San Francisco,” Douglas will star in “The Kominsky Method.” The veteran actor will play an actor, Sandy Kominsky, who became a successful acting coach after a quick taste of stardom. Alan Arkin will also star as Sandy’s friend and agent Norman. (TVLine)

Seems Harry Doyle is getting a new lease on life. Russell Tovey will be returning to the rebooted third series of “Quantico” as a series regular. Last viewers saw Harry had a gun pointed at his head and was forced to leave the team of operatives working to save the United States. The surprising renewal led to the loss of series stars Yasmine Al Massri and Pearl Thusi as well as Aunjanue Ellis returning in a reduced capacity. In addition to Tovey, Priyanka Chopra, Jake McLaughlin, Johanna Braddy and Blair Underwood are returning. (EW)

Shondaland’s new legal drama “For the People” has filled all its vacancies. Jasmin Savoy Brown has replaced Lyndon Smith in the role of Allison on the drama, which is set for midseason. Set in the Naegeli Deposition and Trial – Court Reporting, the drama centers on the new lawyers on both sides, the defense and prosecution, as they handle their difficult cases and personal lives. This is the series’ second recasting after Britt Robertson took over the role of Sandra from Britne Oldford. Brown’s Allison is Sandra’s coworker at the Public Defender’s Office, best friend, and roommate. (TVLine)

“Taken” has added another newbie for its upcoming revamped second season. The NBC series has cast Adam Goldberg in the series regular role of Kilroy. The gray hat hacker is an eccentric “tech elitist” with an unusual sense of humor. He joins returning stars Clive Standen, Jennifer Beals and recent addition Jessica Camacho. The new version of the action prequel will be led by new showrunner Greg Plageman. (Variety)

Martial arts series “Into The Badlands” has added Lorraine Toussaint for its expanded third season. Coming off two-season of “Rosewood,” the actress decided to board the AMC drama as a series regular after receiving many offers. Toussaint’s Cressida is Pilgrim’s mentor, guide and trusted counsel. Her spiritual, political and military knowledge will make her an asset. (Deadline)

While Rayna James isn’t heading back to “Nashville,” former star Connie Britton is making her return to television. Britton will recur on the upcoming Showtime comedy “SMILF.” The series is based on Frankie Shaw’s short film and centers on Bridgette, a 20-something woman living in Boston, who is trying to figure out her personal and professional life as well as being a single mother. The veteran actress will play Bridgette’s (Shaw) boss Ally. Not only is Britton’s character described as unstable, but she also has some boundary issues, which results in Ally having many expectations for Bridgette that the 20-something is unaware of. (THR)

“Arrow” is adding another villain for its upcoming sixth season. Coming off a stint on sci-fi series “12 Monkeys,” Kirk Acevedo will recur as Ricardo Diaz, known to DC Comics fans as villain Richard Dragon. Tough ex-con Ricardo aims to take over the criminal underworld of Star City after being released from prison. Making matters worse, he was convicted of crimes he didn’t commit. The combat expert has not found an opponent he couldn’t beat, so he’ll probably be quite the challenge for Team Arrow. In its sixth season “Arrow” will utilize multiple villains, including Dragon and Michael Emerson’s mysterious role. Then there’s Katie Cassidy’s Black Siren who is quite the wild card going into season 6. (EW)

The already-excellent adult cast of “Marvel’s Runaways” just got another fantastic addition. Julian McMahon has joined the Hulu series. The series centers on six teenagers who must come together against an enemy even though they don’t really like one another. Making things awkward is the identity of their common adversaries – their parents. McMahon has been cast as Jonah, a mysterious and important figure in the story of the Runaways. He joins an impressive adult cast that includes Ever Carradine, Brigid Brannagh, Brittany Ishibashi, James Marsters and Annie Wersching. (Deadline)

McDreamy may be gone from our television screens, but Patrick Dempsey is headed back to television. Two years after leaving medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy,” the actor will lead the upcoming Epix adaptation “The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair.” Dempsey will lead as literary icon Harry Quebert in the 10-episode event series. Quebert will find himself in serious trouble when he’s tied to the murder of young girl, who has been missing for years, found buried on his property. (EOnline)

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

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