Saturday Night Live alum Tim Meadows has joined NBC’s untitled Kari Lizer project. The workplace comedy centers on Mary (Sarah Paulson), a relationship-challenged woman who, with the help of her co-workers, guides people through unexpected career transitions and downsizings. Meadows, repped by APA and Brillstein Entertainment, will play Mary’s partner, a psychotherapist and the reality check to Mary’s eternal optimism.
Off the Map co-star Zach Gilford has been cast as the male lead in the Fox single-camera pilot Iceland. The project centers on Mackenzie (Kerry Bishe), a twentysomething woman whose fiance recently passed away. Gilford, from WME and D/F Management, will play a guy friend of Mackenzie described as “bad influence.” For Gilford, the casting is in second position to Off the Map. He is the third cast member from the midseason drama to book a pilot this season along with Martin Henderson and Rachelle Lefevre, both cast in NBC’s Reconstruction.
Paul Blackthorne (Lipstick Jungle) has just been cast in the ABC drama pilot The River directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. The horror thriller centers on Lincoln Cole (Joe Anderson) who, after his famous TV explorer father Dr. Emmet Cole (Bruce Greenwood) goes missing way up the Amazon, reluctantly abandons his medical studies and follows in his father’s footsteps. Blackthorne, repped by SDB Partners, Seven Summits & Optimism, will play the producer of Emmet Cole’s long-running documentary series.
Titus Welliver is set to star in the CW’s zombie thriller Awakening. The project is about two sisters, Jenna (Lucy Griffiths) and Jayce (Meredith Hagner), coming of age and facing off against one another amidst the beginning of a zombie uprising. Welliver will play The Hunter, a middle-aged man with silver hair and piercing eyes who is from a family of legendary Zombie Hunters.
Mel Rodriguez has joined Fox’s comedy pilot Tagged, a workplace ensemble set in a coroner’s office. The actor, repped by Gersh and Stacy Abrams, will play a sleezy operator working as a driver for the department. Also cast in the pilot is Bret Ernst as the resident medical legal examiner.
Josh Casaubon and Gary Clayton have been added to the ABC comedy pilot Lost and Found, which centers on Jo (Jordana Spiro), a narcissistic thirtysomething New York City bartender and party girl whose life is turned upside-down when the conservative 18-year-old son (Clayton) she gave up for adoption at 16 turns up on her doorstep. Clayton is with ROAR and the Daniel Hoff Agency. Casaubon, repped by Stone Manners Salners and Ziemba, will play a friend of Jo.
Eric Sheffer Stevens, repped by Gage Group and Vanguard, has been cast in the Fox comedy pilot I Hate My Teenage Daughter, playing the ex-husband of Annie (Jaime Pressly).
Debbie Allen has been cast in recurring role on ABC’s drama pilot Grace, about Michael Grace (Eric Roberts), a famous choreographer who tends to sleep with his dancers and has three daughters with different mothers. He is in danger of losing his studio until his daughter Sarah (Abigail Spencer) decides to buy her father’s studio and run it for him. Allen will play the mother of another of Grace’s daughters (Sherri Saum) and de facto mother-figure to Sarah.
Lily Rabe, repped by ICM and Framework, is set for a recurring role in Fox’s drama pilot Exit Strategy, starring Ethan Hawke as the head of a team of five experts associated with the CIA who are deployed when a CIA operation goes bad.
Sean Maher, repped by Innovative and Principal, has joined NBC’s 1960s drama pilot Playboy as a recurring.