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The Casting Corner: Week Of September 4, 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:

Hulu has ordered another series based on the Kennedys. After limited series “11.22.63,” the streaming service is developing a limited series about Robert F. Kennedy starring Chris Pine. The series is based on Larry Tye’s 2016 bestselling biography “Bobby Kennedy: The Making Of A Liberal Icon.” This is the second television role for Chris Pine recently announced. He landed the lead role in TNT series “One Day She’ll Darken.” (Deadline)

Clarke and her people better watch out for William Miller because he’s the fifth season’s villain. “The 100” has cast the actor in the major recurring role Robert McCreary. The mysterious prisoner returns to the planet from a long-distance mining mission, but the problems stem from Robert being part of a crime syndicate. The former enforcer is ruthless and his violence will make him quite the threat. Jordan Bolger, Lola Flanery and Ivana Milicevic are the other new faces headed to the CW drama. (TVLine)

Ryan Murphy and Sarah Paulson are teaming up again and this time they’re headed to Netflix to tell the story of Nurse Ratched. The series, executive produced by Murphy, will tell the origins of the “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” character. Sarah Paulson will play Ratched, who will begin as a typical nurse in 1947 and eventually become the monster people meet in the novel and film. Netflix has ordered two seasons of the series. Paulson will also serve as a producer. (Variety)

Keke Palmer is joining the cast of musical drama “Star” in the recurring role of Gigi. Hot new recording artist Gigi is courted by Ayanna (new series regular Michael Michele) new label Midtown records. While the artist show have all the showbiz popstar trimmings, Gigi considers herself a serious artist and the young singer is just looking to make hit records. Palmer will also be seen this fall on spy drama “Berlin Station.” (Deadline)

Jesse Quick may be saving the day another Earth, but Violett Beane is making moves. The actress has been cast in a key recurring role on upcoming Fox medical drama “The Resident.” The medical, which stars Matt Czuchry, Emily VanCamp and Manish Dayal, shows the reality, both good and bad, of medicine in its current state. Beane’s Lily is a cancer patient under the care of the doctors whose treatment by the well-known Dr. Lane Hunter (Melina Kanakaredes) is important to the series. Lily being far away from home and left behind by her fiancé leads the staff to become invested in her. (Deadline)

Robin Riker is set to guest-star in two episodes of FXX comedy “You’re The Worst” this season. She has landed the role of Fay Cottumaccio, Lindsay’s (Kether Donohue) mother. Fay, an actress who found success in the 1980s, is back in town for a sitcom role. Lindsay and her sister Becca (Janet Varney) will start to take a deep look at their childhoods while battling for the attention of their mother. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Showtime’s upcoming comedy pilot from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg “Ball Street” has found two of its stars. Don Cheadle and Andrew Rannells has landed lead roles on the pilot. The comedy follows a group of outsiders who take on Wall Street and end up crashing the world’s largest financial system. Cheadle has been cast as self-made man Rod “The Jammer” Jaminski, who owns a firm called “The L.A. Raiders of corporate raiders” by the press. Rannells will play recent Wharton grad Blair Shmerman, whose skills as a trader get him to Wall Street, but the realities of his new world will be tougher to deal with than he initial thought. (Variety)

CBS series “Scorpion” has added “Veronica Mars” vet Tina Majorino for its upcoming fourth season. The actress has been cast in the major recurring role of Florence. Chemist Florence moves team door to the team. While she initially doesn’t get the warmest welcome, Team Scorpion will eventually accept her. Unfortunately that’s when the problems begin. (EW)

“Titans” has found its Hawk and Dove. Alan Ritchson and Minka Kelly have landed recurring roles on the upcoming DC series. The series center on a team of up-and-coming heroes led by Nightwing (Brenton Thwaites).  Hank Hall, also known as Hawk, is one half of crime-fighting duo Hawk and Dove. Hawk is aggressive compared to the strategic Dove, real name Dawn Granger. The duo also happen to be a couple. While the two will recur in the first season, they could become series regulars in a potential second season. Producers are also considering a spinoff series starring Ritchson and Kelly. (Deadline)

“Parenthood” alum Bonnie Bedelia has joined the cast of “Designated Survivor” in the recurring role of Eva Booker. Eva is a mother who loves her daughter, a daughter who happens to be First Lady Alex Kirkman. Bedelia is one of several new faces on the political drama including Ben Lawson, Paulo Costanzo and Zoe McLellan. (The Hollywood Reporter)

ABC has ordered a new drama pilot starring Laverne Cox. “Spirited” follows a fake psychic, played by Cox, who decides to put aside her con artist past to help people when she discovers she can actually communicate with the dead. The series, which has Elizabeth Banks attached as an executive producer, is Cox’s latest ABC project, Last season she was cast in buddy cop comedy “The Trustee,” which was also executive produced by Banks. (Variety)

“Arrow” has cast Slade’s son. The CW drama has cast Liam Hall as Joe Wilson and will appear in two episodes of the upcoming sixth season. At the end of last season Oliver assured Slade he’d help find his son, so it appears the hero will make good on his promise. Like father like son apparently because Joe Wilson joined A.S.I.S., a secret Australian military agency. When “Arrow” viewers meet the young man he will in a remote prison fighting for his life. (EW)

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