Maya Erskine (Man Seeking Woman) has joined the cast of NBC’s drama pilot Heart Matters. Inspired by the life of Dr. Kathy Magliato, the medical soap follows the outspoken Alex Panttiere (Melissa George), one of the rare female heart-transplant surgeons. Alex brings an innovative eye to treating patients week to week while also balancing the complications of her professional and romantic life. Erskine will play Gi Sung, a nurse with a dry wit who works closely with Dr. Panttiere (George) and is probably the only female staff member who gets along with her. She is repped by Gersh, Mosaic and Hansen Jacobson Teller.
Andy Ridings (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) is set as a regular in the NBC comedy pilot Take It From Us. Described as a love story told in flashbacks in 1990s New York, Take It From Us is about a couple, Alyson and Lucas, who tells their son the lessons they learned growing up in the ’90s in hopes he and his fiancée can avoid making the same mistakes. Ridings, repped by Stone Manners Salners Agency, Bleecker Street and attorney Mitch Smelkinson, will play Spencer, a cocky, self-proclaimed genius who is really not that bright.
Nichole Bloom (Shameless) has booked a regular role in NBC comedy pilot Superstore. Written by former The Office writer-producer Justin Spitzer and directed by Ruben Fleischer, Superstore is about a group of employees at a big-box store and examines love, friendship and the beauty of everyday moments. Bloom, repped by Abrams Artists and Patino Management, will play Cheyenne, a very pregnant teenage employee who’s sweet, unsophisticated, and naive — as evidenced by the fact that she allows customers to purchase laptop computers for the mismarked price of 25 cents.