angela bassett julian mcmahon Angela Bassett, Julian McMahon are CIA ops for FOX and more pilot casting news
Angela Bassett and Julian McMahon are in final negotiations to star in FOX’s untitled Karyn Usher drama. The program focuses on Jane Forsythe, a 14-year-old orphan of a CIA operative who finds a surrogate father in McMahon’s rogue agent. Bassett will play the shrewd political director of the CIA who also takes Jane under her wing. [Deadline]

Wendy Crewson, last seen on ABC’s “Georgetown” pilot in 2011, is joining the cast of “Beauty and the Beast” as Mara, a member of the Emperor’s (F. Murray Abraham) cabinet and a friend of the titular beauty. [ABC]

ABC has also added two actors to pilots – Luis Guzman has been cast as a worker at the Texas diner run by Margo Martindale and her as-of-yet uncast siblings in “Counter Culture,” while Rade Serbedzjia has joined “Penoza,” the drama focusing on a woman who must take over her dead husband’s role in a crime syndicate in order to protect her family. Serbedzjia will play an old-school Russian mobster. [Deadline]

Nick Zano (“2 Broke Girls,” “90210”) has landed the co-lead on ABC’s “Prairie Dogs” pilot, starring Kal Penn. The show chronicles a nerdy office drone (Penn) who has his identity stole and then ends up using the con man (Zano) to improve his life. [TV Line]

The CW’s “Joey Dakota” has inked its lead in Craig Horner (“Legend of the Seeker”). The show is billed as a “romantic time-travel musical” and features Maya (Amber Stevens), a filmmaker travels back in time to the early 1990s where she falls in love with Joey Dakota, a rock star who meets an untimely end. When she suddenly returns to present day, she must find her way back to prevent his death. [Deadline]

“Friday Night Dinner,” the story of a quirky family that eats dinner together every Friday evening, has cast its off-beat neighbor Mr. Marley in Gary Anthony Williams. The comedy also stars Allison Janney and Tony Shalhoub as the heads of the family.

“How to Live With Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life” has cast Rebecca Delgado Smith as the assistant to main character Polly (Sarah Chalke), who has just recently gotten divorced and moved back in with her parents (Elizabeth Perkins and Brad Garrett). [Deadline]

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