It would appear that today is a good day to be a blonde actress with big screen credentials, if you're looking to land a high profile role on a pilot that is.
Earlier today, we brought you the news that Julia Stiles was taking over the lead role of TNT's legal drama 'Guilt By Association,' replacing the departing Neve Campbell. Then, just one scant hour ago, we covered the casting of Patricia Arquette in the lead of CBS' new 'CSI' spin-off. Now comes word that Virginia Madsen (whose recent TV work includes recurring stints on 'Witches of East End' and 'Hell on Wheels') has signed on to play a major role on NBC's resurrected zombie pilot 'Babylon Fields.'
Taking place in the titular town of Babylon, N.Y., the series concerns a mass panic resulting from the dead suddenly rising from their graves. However, unlike normal zombies, (most of) 'Babylon's undead just want to reunite with their loved ones and resume their old lives.
Madsen joins existing cast members Meagan Good, Skeet Ulrich, and Kyle Schmid on the drama, and will play Rhonda Wunch, mother to Schmid's character Thomas Wunch. Thomas is a CDC scientist, and is pressured by his mom to return to Babylon, instead of moving on to bigger and better things.
Another new addition to the cast is Ritchie Coster, who plays Thomas' formerly deceased father Ernie, an ex-cop that most in town assumed ran away to Florida. Rounding out the lineup of series regulars (for the pilot at least) is 'Magic City's Yul Vazquez. He'll play Matt Conte, Babylon's chief of police.
There is still no firm timetable for 'Babylon Fields' premiere, although it seems likely for the 2014-2015 broadcast season. If you wish to get a taste of the idea in action, you can watch the original 'Babylon Fields' pilot that CBS passed on here.