Pilot Parade: Gillian Anderson, Christine Lahti Land Projects
Soon enough, all the TV news will move from casting to which shows are getting picked up and given a shot, but until then, let’s dive into the latest batch of casting news.
ABC continues to cast for its Victorian drama Gothica. The pilot, which was picked up earlier this month, has already found its Frankenstein and Dorian Greay, but according to The Hollywood Reporter the project now has its female lead. Janet Montgomery (Made in Jersey, Entourage) will play Lady Van Helsing, an established writer who’s determined to discover who murdered her parents. She’s partnered with Dorian Gray and still deals with one-time boyfriend Frankenstein. Matt Lopez (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) wrote the script.
THR also reveals that Gillian Anderson (X-Files) and Rachael Taylor (666 Park Avenue) will star in Rand Ravich’s NBC pilot as sisters trying to figure out who took Anderson’s daughter. The kidnapping is part of a massive conspiracy put into play by a shadowy puppet master. Ravich (Life, The Astronaut’s Wife) is writing the pilot and will run the show if it gets picked up. Anderson will make several guest appearances on NBC’s Hannibal as Lecter’s psychiatrist.
Meanwhile, at ABC, Crazy Ones, the workplace father-daughter comedy starring Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar, continues to round out its cast, reports TVLine. The New Adventures of Old Christine star Hamish Linklater has joined the ensemble as Andrew Kennedy, the ad agency’s art director. James Wolk (Political Animals, For a Good Time Call…) is also set to play Zach, a copywriter.
Finally, Beverly Hills Cop now has its captain, according to THR. Christine Lahti (Chicago Hope, Hawaii Five-O) has signed on to play the captain of the Beverly Hills Police Department, putting her in charge of Aaron Foley (Brandon T. Jackson), son of Axel (Eddie Murphy). Murphy is co-executive producing the series along with The Shield‘s Shawn Murphy. The Office‘s David Denman, The Usual Suspects‘ Kevin Pollak and Argo‘s Sheila Vand are also set to star in the series that’s expected to have no problem making it to series.