A Showtime comedy entering its final season and an upcoming CBS drama have both added to their ever growing cast list.
First up, 26-year-old actress Tara Holt ('Ray Donovan') has signed on to play a recurring role during the final season of hit Showtime comedy 'Californication.' The season's main plot concerns self-destructive author Hank Moody (David Duchovny) joining the writing team on the TV adaptation of blockbuster film 'Santa Monica Cop.'
'Californication' fans will remember that a good chunk of Season 5 followed Hank's attempts to pen the script for the aforementioned movie, at the behest of violent rapper Samurai Apocalypse. As per usual, Hank doesn't fit in with his new crew, especially butting heads with executive producer Rick Rath (Michael Imperioli).
Holt will play Melanie, Rath's beautiful assistant, whose constant presence in the writers room causes a stir among the staff. Also, if past seasons are anything to go by, she'll likely cause a stir in Hank's pants. Sorry to be crude, but anybody who's watched the show will back me up on that presumption.
Elsewhere, actor Damon Herriman ('Justified') has joined the cast of the upcoming Vince Gilligan/David Shore police drama 'Battle Creek.' Originally pitched to networks by Gilligan almost a decade ago, 'Battle Creek' centers on a mismatched pair of law enforcement partners, one a local detective, the other an FBI Agent.
Playing the unpredictable, hard-edged detective will be Dean Winters, veteran of shows like 'Oz' and 'Law & Order: SVU.' The other lead role, that of hilariously named FBI Agent Milton Bradley, has yet to be cast. Herriman will play Detective Niblet, protege to outspoken fellow detective Aaron Funkhauser (Edward Fordham Jr.). Kal Penn, who previously worked with Shore on 'House,' is also onboard for a supporting role.
'Californication' returns for its seventh and final season on Sunday, April 3. 'Battle Creek' has been granted a 13-episode straight to series order by CBS, and will premiere sometime during the 2014-2015 season.