Canadian country music singer and actress MacKenzie Porter has been cast as a series regular in AMCs Western drama series Hell On Wheels, from Entertainment One, Endemol USA and Nomadic Pictures. Porter, repped by Red Management in Canada and KLWGN Entertainment, will play Naomi, Cullen Bohannon’s (Anson Mount) wife and mother of his child who is torn between the restrictive Mormon way of life (all she’s ever known), and the exotic adventure promised by life with her gentile husband outside the Mormon fort. Principal photography on the series’ fourth season begins later this month in Calgary. Porter was last seen in the features Tom, Dick & Harriet and Killer Among Us.
Salli Richardson-Whitfield (I Am A Legend) has signed on to recur on BET’s Being Mary Jane, which stars Gabrielle Union as a successful TV news anchor. Richardson-Whitfield, repped by Innovative and Frontline, will appear in at least five episodes as Mary Jane’s (Union) longtime friend. Richardson-Whitfield currently recurs on Lifetime’s The Lottery. Other TV credits include Castle, House Of Lies, NCIS and The Newsroom.