TV Pilot Season Casting News for Sharif Atkins, Derek Gaines, L. Scott Caldwell, Latarsha Rose, More

April 20 2017

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TV Pilot season casting continues…

Catch up on all current pilot season casting news items hereherehere, herehere, here, and here.

This week’s roundup follows.

-- Sharif Atkins is set as a series regular opposite Michael Urie and Annie Mumolo in the Fox comedy pilot "Amy’s Brother," executive produced by Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone via Warner Bros TV. Written and co-executive produced by Jim Cashman and Mitch Silpa and directed/exec produced by Beth McCarthy Miller, "Amy’s Brother" is about an unconventional family that is formed when a successful type-A man, Matthew, and his estranged sister, Amy, and her two children find themselves not only back in one another’s lives but also living under one roof. Atkins will play Christian Chase, the slick, cut-throat top seller at Regency Realty, who always seems to close the deal…one step ahead of Matthew.

Derek Gaines Derek Gaines

-- Derek Gaines has booked a series regular role opposite Jon Rudnitsky and Diona Reasonover in NBC’s comedy pilot "Relatively Happy." Written and executive produced by Max Mutchnick and Jeff Astroff and directed by James Burrows, "Relatively Happy" revolves around an adult brother and sister who wind up living together for the first time since they were kids, after one of them suffers a big loss. They become each other’s wingman, shoulder to cry on, best friend and punching bag as they navigate love, loss and work while helping to get each other “un-stuck.” Gaines will play Royal, Henry’s (Rudnitsky) best friend since childhood. Royal is now his upstairs neighbor and is desperately trying to be “Brooklyn,” though he grew up in “Brookline.” Despite being good-looking and charming, Royal is remarkably neurotic, especially about keeping his girlfriend, Sydney (Reasonover), happy.

L. Scott Caldwell L. Scott Caldwell

-- L. Scott Caldwell has booked a series-regular role opposite Meaghan Rath and Laverne Cox in ABC's comedy-drama pilot "The Trustee," from writers Jay Scherick and David Ronn, Warner Bros TV and Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman’s studio-based Brownstone Productions. "The Trustee" is described as a fun, female buddy cop comedy about Eliza Radley (Rath), a driven but stubborn detective who finds unlikely help from her precinct’s trustee, Amanda Jones (Cox), a larger-than-life ex-con finishing out her prison sentence doing menial tasks for the police department. Caldwell will play Odelle Jones, Amanda’s feisty and spry grandmother. Odelle raised Amanda the “right way” and is disappointed with her incarceration.

Brian Stokes Mitchell Brian Stokes Mitchell

-- Brian Stokes Mitchell is set for a series-regular role opposite Noah Wyle in CBS’ legal drama pilot "Perfect Citizen," from "The Good Wife" executive producer Craig Turk. Written/executive produced by Turk and directed/exec produced by Paris Barclay, "Perfect Citizen" centers on Deck (Wyle), the former general counsel for the NSA who, after his involvement as a whistleblower in an international scandal, embarks on a new career at a storied law firm in Boston. Once there, he must face the reality that half the country thinks he’s our greatest patriot and the other half thinks he’s a traitor. Mitchell will play Paul, Deck’s best friend since law school, a powerful ally, and Boston power broker who is connected, smooth and combines leverage with real charm and a sense of humor.

Jahking Guillory Jahking Guillory

-- Jahking Guillory  has booked a recurring role in Showtime’s hourlong drama "The Chi," from Lena Waithe, Elwood Reid, Common, Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment and Fox 21 TV Studios. Created/executive produced by Waithe, executive produced/showrun by Reid and executive produced by Common and Kaplan, "The Chi" is a coming-of-age story that follows a half-dozen interrelated characters in the South Side of Chicago. Guillory will play Coogie. Frequently in and out of trouble, the charismatic Coogie has a wry sense of humor and a penchant for mischief.

Latarsha Rose Latarsha Rose

-- Latarsha Rose has booked a series-regular role on in NBC’s untitled medical drama from "Law & Order" veteran Warren Leight, Paul Haggis and Sony TV. The project, written/executive produced by Leight and directed/exec produced by Charles McDougall, is described as a real-time “extreme event” medical series that follows the nurses and doctors of an understaffed Brooklyn hospital that becomes the borough’s last viable trauma center after a catastrophic hurricane wreaks havoc on the city. Rose will portray Audra, a tough frontline nurse.

Wunmi Mosaku Wunmi Mosaku

-- Wunmi Mosaku has booked a series regular role in CBS’ NASA-themed drama pilot "Mission Control," from "The Martian" author Andy Weir, "The Martian" producer Simon Kinberg and CBS Studios. Written by Weir and directed by Jeremy Podeswa, "Mission Control" revolves around the next generation of NASA astronauts and scientists who juggle their personal and professional lives during a critical mission with no margin for error. Mosaku will play Rayna, the Mission’s public affairs officer.

Raney Branch Raney Branch

-- And finally, not a pilot casting... Raney Branch has joined the cast of BET’s "Being Mary Jane." Branch will play Aaliyah Luckett, an up-and-coming force of nature, in a multi-episode arc. Aaliyah is a junior PR associate with the network’s brand strategy firm, and she’s been tasked with improving Mary Jane’s (star Gabrielle Union) Q-rating. Convinced that Mary Jane is a little too cool and unapproachable, Aaliyah sees it as her job to present Mary Jane to the viewing public as someone they’d want to watch reality shows like Real Housewives with. Smart, perceptive, and hip to a fault, she wants to boost Mary Jane’s likeability factor — and if that means helping Mary Jane get a date, so be it.

That's all for now!

by Shadow and Act on April 20 2017

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