If you're a long-time X-Phile like myself, then all of this latest casting news regarding 'The After' - 'The X-Files' creator Chris Carter's long-awaited return to series - must have you salivating at the mouth like you're Eugene Tooms.
Last week, Deadline reported that Jamie Kennedy ('Scream'), Adrian Pasdar ('Heroes') and Aldis Hodge ('Leverage') would be joining Carter's new thriller for Amazon Studios. Today the site reports that four additional actors will join the pilot, including some familiar and new faces to the small screen: Sharon Lawrence, Andrew Howard, Arielle Kebbel and Jaina Lee Ortiz.
According to the trades, TV veteran Lawrence ('NYPD Blue') will play Francis "a wealthy mysterious woman who resides in Bel Air." Howard will play McCormack ('Hatfield & McCoys'), "a tall foul-mouthed, sarcastic and sardonic Irishman" (seems like a stretch), while Kebbel ('The Vampire Diaries') plays Tammy, "a sexy, professional woman" (whatever that means). Newcomer Ortiz will play Officer Marly Gonzalez, "a young police officer" (gosh, these character descriptions aren't really descriptive at all).
Not surprisingly, few details have been released about 'The After,' except that it's about a post-apocalyptic drama set in a world that's experienced some kind of mysterious event, bringing together sci-fi and suspense elements (natch).
Amazon is gearing up to the next big rival to Netflix and Hulu, having greenlit a bunch of original series, including comedies, dramas and a selection of children shows.