Adrian Pasdar (Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.) has joined the cast of ABC’s drama pilot The Kingmakers. Written and executive produced by Sallie Patrick, Kingmakers, from ABC Studios, centers on Eli (Gus Halper), a young man whose sister Julia is found dead during her freshman year at an elite Ivy League university. He adopts a new identity to infiltrate the school and its century-old secret society – consisting of privileged students, ambitious faculty and high-profile alums – in order to investigate her death. Pasdar, repped by Gersh and manager Will Flaherty, will play Senator Adam Walden, possibly a member of a secret society who is running for president. Pasdar has recurred on ABC’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. for the past two seasons and recently wrapped feature Coming Through The Rye.
Marissa Jaret Winokur has booked a series regular role in ABC’s untitled Judah Miller comedy pilot. The single-camera project centers on a Tony Award-winning mother (Megan Hilty) and a risk-averse, cerebral father who are blessed with a son who is a natural-born competitive athlete. They are forced outside their parental comfort zones and into the high-octane world of youth sports. Winokur, who is married to Judah Miller, will play Donna, the ultimate normal soccer mom and a foil to Tony Award-winning Irene (Hilty). Winokur, repped by Emery Entertainment, won a Tony herself for the role of Tracy Turnblad in the Broadway production of Hairspray. Other credits include Stacked, Retired At 35, and Dancing With The Stars. She most recently recurred on Playing House and Melissa And Joey.
Reed Birney (House Of Cards) and Luke Slattery have joined the cast of CBS pilot LFE, from the Dan Jinks Co. and CBS TV. Written/co-executive produced by Paul Downs Colaizzo, LFE is described as a high-octane medical procedural revolving around second-year residents at New York City’s top hospital as they attempt to balance their god complexes with their humanity. Birney, repped by Stone Manners Salners Agency and Suskin Management, will play Scotty, the terminally ill father of new surgical resident Joe (Daniel Sharman) and Bobby (Slattery), a troublemaking high school senior who happens to be brilliant. Birney plays VP Donald Blythe on Netflix’s House Of Cards.