Newcomer Elizabeth Henstridge has become the first cast member in the CW’s Mark Schwahn/J.J. Abrams drama pilot Shelter. Produced by Warner Bros TV, Shelter is set at a historic New England summer resort where the new and returning staff attend to the practical, emotional and often comical needs of the guests while navigating friendships, rivalries and romances of their own. British actress Henstridge, repped by Flutie Entertainment and the UK’s Lois Harvey, will play Grace, an overachiever and newly promoted hotel manager at the Shelter Bay, where the show is set.
Merle Dandridge and Teri Reeves have been added to the cast of NBC’s drama pilot Chicago Fire starring Jesse Spencer. On Wolf Films and Universal TV’s action-driven drama about the complex and heroic men and women of the Chicago Fire Department, Dandridge will play the team’s humorless boss Kay Fitori. Reeves, repped by SDB Partners and New Wave, will play Spencer’s ex-wife. Dandridge, also repped by SDB, recently recurred on Sons Of Anarchy.
Swingtown alum Grant Show and Mariana Klaveno (True Blood) have joined the cast of the ABC pilot Devious Maids, a primetime soap from Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry. Based on the Mexican format, Devious Maids follows four maids (Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramirez, Roselyn Sanchez, Judy Reyes) with ambition and dreams of their own while they work for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills. Show, repped by UTA and One Entertainment, will play Spence Davis, a successful daytime star married to a gorgeous, self-centered actress (Klaveno).