Taryn Manning is forging family ties with Alex O’Loughlin on “Hawaii Five-O,” and Laurie Metcalf is headed back into the sitcom game in the latest round of pilot casting.
“The Forgotten” star Michelle Borth has also taken a role in a pilot, which may not be the best news for the show’s future. Amy Smart and Brian Dennehy have also taken parts.
Manning (“Hustle & Flow,” “Drive”) will play Mary Ann McGarrett, the sister of O’Loughlin’s Detective Steve McGarrett, in CBS’ “Five-O” remake, according to The Hollywood Reporter. (The character was not a regular part of the original 1968-80 series, appearing in only a couple of episodes early in the show’s run.)
She joins O’Loughlin and “Lost” star Daniel Dae Kim in the cast.
Other casting news:
– Emmy winner Metcalf (“Roseanne”) has joined the cast of FOX’s comedy pilot “Strange Brew,” from “Will & Grace” creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan (and not, as far as we know, related to the 1983 movie starring Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis).
The pilot follows a family that runs a small brewery; Metcalf will play the mother, the HR says. Her recent credits include The CW’s “Easy Money” and guest spots on “The Big Bang Theory” and “Desperate Housewives.”
– Borth and Jonathan Scarfe (“Raising the Bar”) have signed on to ABC’s legal drama “Matadors,” about two feuding families (one made up of prosecutors, the other of defense lawyers) in Chicago. Borth will play a young prosecutor who works with her dad (David Strathairn) and is secretly dating Zach Gilford’s character, who’s on the other side of the aisle, per the HR. Scarfe will play Gilford’s brother.
Borth’s role is in second position to “The Forgotten,” which has scuffled in the ratings this season.
– Smart, whose last TV series was CBS’ short-lived “Smith,” will rejoin that show’s executive producer, John Wells, in a medical drama he’s producing for the Eye. The new show, written by Hannah Shakespeare, is about a medical team that travels to places where care is badly needed.
– Dennehy (“Righteous Kill,” “Our Fathers”) has joined ABC’s Dana Gould comedy pilot, in which comedian and “Simpsons” writer Gould plays a high school guidance counselor. Dennehy will play his dad, a retired football coach.
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