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The Casting Corner: Week of July 31, 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, which is where we come in. Here is the casting news we are highlighting this week:


“NCIS: Los Angeles” has filled the void left by Owen Granger, who was played by the late Miguel Ferrer. The veteran CBS series has added Nia Long as new series regular character Shay Mosely, the new executive assistant director. The character is said to be bringing an East Coast vibe to the LA-set series, which could be a nice infusion of new energy. With the recent focus on the lack of diversity on CBS’ programs, it is nice to see a woman of color play an authority figure on one of the network’s long-running shows. Of course she is not a lead, but going into the next television season Long’s casting is a move people can be happy about. Long’s recent television roles include “Uncle Buck” and an arc on “Empire.” (Deadline)

“Mistresses” alum Jes Macallan is making the jump into the world of heroes and legends. The actress has nabbed a recurring role on the upcoming season of “Legends of Tomorrow.” As Special Agent Ava Sharpe, Macallan will be one of the agents of The Time Bureau, a new secret branch of the federal government that protects history by regulating time travel. After playing the fun and eccentric Joss on “Mistress,” it’ll be a nice change of pace to see her play the ruthless, ambitious and intelligent Agent Sharpe. The character is described as someone who put aside friendships and relationships to get the job done, so her interactions with the Legends could be more than professional. (Deadline)

Looks like JR Ramirez is getting back into the superhero game. The actor, who played Wildcat on “Arrow,” has landed a series regular role on “Jessica Jones.” On the Marvel series’ second season, Ramirez will play single father Oscar who is the new superintendent of the superhero’s building. With her job and just how much damage she does to her apartment, it’s not a surprise Oscar is wary of Jessica. Making that a touch more difficult is the fact that Oscar’s son is fascinated with Ms. Jones. For seasons Ramirez was given very little to do on “Power,” so hopefully things will be different on the Netflix series. (EW

Since “The Flash” began I have thought The Elongated Man would be the perfect DC Comics hero for the series and in the fall that will become a reality. In season 4, a season the producers say will bring back the fun of the first season, Hartley Sawyer will recur as The Elongated Man. The hero, real name Ralph Dibney, is a private investigator with Batman-level investigative skills who just happens to be able to stretch his body into any shape. Luckily for Team Flash Dibney will help them solve what has been described as “Central City’s greatest mysteries.” After all they could use someone to help Joe West with the investigative load, especially with Thinker on the loose in Central City. (TVGuide)

Coming off her stint on beloved HBO series “The Leftovers,” Amy Brenneman is trying again to make a swift return to television. The actress, who was attached to passed over CBS pilot “The Get,” is set to lead opposite Enrique Murciano and Lily Rabe on TNT drama “Deadlier Than the Male.” The series centers on a former serial predator seeking redemption, a grieving mother persistent in the search for her daughter and a young woman who once crossed paths with a killer. Brenneman will play grieving mother Mary, who has become an advocate for women whose passion is powered by the tragedies of her past, making her someone people don’t want to go up against. The end of the HBO series means we should all be paying attention to what the cast of “The Leftovers” does next. (Deadline)

“Quantico” has always been a beautiful diverse series and that is clearly not changing when the season 3 reboot begins at midseason. “Switched At Birth” vet Marlee Matlin will join the cast in the series regular role of former FBI agent Jocelyn Tuner. The FBI left Tuner out in the cold after a bomb blew up and resulted in the agent losing her hearing. Now the agent is returning to team up with several “Quantico” characters to form a special unit. The drama series has included a variety of diverse storylines and now they are continuing that trend with the inclusion of a deaf character. Additionally, it’s wonderful the series has cast the very talented Matlin, who is deaf. “Quantico” may look different when it returns at midseason, but at least it will be just as inclusive. (THR)

Looks like Abigail Spencer has some time to kill and fortunately for “Grey’s Antomy” she’s heading to Seattle. With Bridget Regan bust with “The Last Ship” and “Timeless” beginning production next year, Spencer is set to appear on the veteran ABC series as Megan Hunt. The presumed-dead sister of Kevin McKidd’s Dr. Owen Hunt was revealed to be alive at the end of the last season. We have yet to meet present day Megan, but she is primed to cause some serious drama. Owen’s marriage could be strengthened or negatively impacted by the return of Megan then there’s her ex who broke up his relationship with series lead Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) because of her miraculous return. Shonda Rhimes really couldn’t have chosen a more talented replacement for Regan, which “Rectify” viewers can attest to. (TVLine)

The Green Arrow may have escaped The Island one last time, but Oliver Queen is not out of the woods yet. His newest problem comes in the form of “GLOW” actress Sydelle Noel. She will recur on the upcoming sixth season as FBI agent Samantha Watson, who is making it her business to figure out Oliver’s connection to The Green Arrow. From the sounds of the description she will be dogged in her investigation, which is a problem  for Queen, but nice for viewers wanting more strong female characters on the veteran series. (Variety)

Recently news was released that an unexpected “The Good Wife” character is joining spinoff “The Good Fight.” Audra McDonald, who played an old-friend-turned-rival of Alicia Florrick’s Liz Lawrence, will join the CBS All Access series as a regular. Turns out Liz is actually the ex-wife of “The Good Fight” character Adrian Boseman (Delroy Lindo) and the two have some issues to work through, which makes things quite interesting. Lindo is a talented actor who holds attention when on the screen, so someone equally talented is necessary to take him on. The Kings chose wisely in bringing McDonald back into the fold, especially considering her character was only a guest star on the original series. (EW)

Any casting news you are excited about? Let us know!

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