Casting news, I got casting news! Developing projects at three different networks are taking shape and adding some key cast members.
After making an impact on "Breaking Bad" as killer and burgeoning meth cook Todd, Jesse Plemons has been signed to co-star with Benjamin Walker in HBO's "The Missionary." The pilot, set during the Cold War, centers on a young American missionary who attempts to help a woman escape the Commie clutches of East Berlin. The pilot is executive produced from Stephen Levinson, Mark Wahlberg, and "Outliers" author Malcolm Gladwell.
Over on ABC, "Bridesmaids" and "Bachelorette" actress Rebel Wilson has a co-star for her new comedy pilot "Super Fun Night," and her name is Lauren Ash. Who? Yeah, I don't know, as her most notable credit is being one of the mean-spirited prankster actors behind SyFy's "Scare Tactics." The pilot was originally set up at CBS but didn't make the cut, so it appears to be getting retooled over on ABC as a single camera comedy. Ash will take over the role played by Edy Patterson in the CBS version, co-starring with Wilson and Liza Lapira ("Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23") as a trio of nerdy friends who endeavor to have "super fun" every Friday night. The series is produced
Finally, TNT's detective drama pilot "King and Maxwell" has added Chris Butler ("True Blood") to its cast. The series revolves around former Secret Service agents turned private investigators Sean King ("The Closer"'s Jon Tenney) and Michelle Maxwell ("NTSF:SD:SUV"'s Rebecca Romijn) in a "Moonlighting"-esque series. Butler joins the cast as one of the P.I.'s FBI rivals. Honestly, I just hope we get a crossover with a couple of other series and we get a special "King and Maxwell and Franklin and Bash and Rizzoli and Isles" episode.
Plemons in particular has been one to watch since his stellar turn on "Friday Night Lights." Any of these developing pilots seem promising to you readers?