Update: Pilot Season Brings Fan Favorites Back to TV
Pilot season has TV fans abuzz with plenty of interesting casting news. The most exciting development is the return of a variety of fan favorites to the small screen.
ABC’s rapper turned mayor comedy could be turning into something very fun. Brandon Micheal Hall plays Courtney Rose, a rapper who runs for mayor as a publicity stunt, but ends up winning. Community’s Yvette Nicole Brown has been cast as Dina, his larger than life single mom. Dina and Courtney are extremely close and he gets her advice on everything.
Nia Long will play the lead in ABC’s The Goldberg’s spinoff. Set in the 90s, it follows Lucy Winston as she gets her brother Andre Glascott (Tim Meadows) to get her a job and free tuition for her three kids at the academy he works at.
CBS’ Brothered Up stars Romany Malco as Calvin, an emotionally guarded cop partnered with Adhir Kalyan’s Farooq, an open and honest Pakistani cop. They must learn to work together while on patrol in Detroit. Merrin Dungey has been cast as Desri, Calvin’s wife. Nishi Munshi and Glynn Turman co-star.
Marcuis W. Harris (Vice Principals) will play a refugee in ABC’s The Crossing. The drama is about a group of war refugees who seek asylum in an American town. However, the twist is that these refugees are from America 250 years in the future.
Angel Laketa Moore (ER) has joined FOX’s Linda From HR. Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls) is the titular Linda, whose one bad decision sends her boring life into an exciting upheaval. Moore is Sierra, a mother of triplets who was once the cool girl in college. Tim DeKay (White Collar) co-stars as Linda’s husband.
Update: Moore has been replaced by Ryan Michelle Bathe (This Is Us). Following a table read, the character was re-conceived and the change was made.
Relatively Happy from NBC, centers around a brother and sister who move back in together for the first time since they were kids. Diona Reasonover (Clipped) plays Sydney, a first year ER resident who uses tough love to keep the hospital running smoothly.
Source: Shadow and Act