Saturday Night Live alum Cheri Oteri has been boosted to series regular on NBC’s comedy pilot Not Safe For Work. The role originally was a guest star/potential recurring but was upgraded after the table read and now has a series option. Written by Aseem Batra and directed by Betsy Thomas, Not Safe For Work is a politically incorrect office comedy about best friends Dale (Michael Cassidy) and Georgie (Christine Woods) whose relationship is upended when he starts dating the “perfect” woman. Repped by Abrams Artists Agency and Barry Katz Entertainment, Oteri’s recent credits include Wishin’ And Hopin’, Grown Ups 2 and Bad Parents. She next appears in The Reapers.
Sibylla Deen (Home And Away) has been upped to regular for Season 2 of the FX drama Tyrant, and Omar Maskati has joined the cast. The series revolves around an unassuming American family drawn into the inner workings of a turbulent fictional Middle Eastern nation. Bassam “Barry” Al-Fayeed, the younger son of the war-torn country’s dictator, ends a self-imposed 20-year exile to return to his homeland. His reluctant homecoming leads to a dramatic clash of cultures as he is thrown back into the familial and national politics of his youth. Deen plays Nusrat, the willful wife of Prince Ahmed Al-Fayeed (Cameron Gharaee). Her recent credits include Taxi Brooklyn and Royal Pains, and Deen next will be seen in the Spike miniseries Tut. She is repped by Authentic Talent, Literary Management and Hirsch Wallerstein. Mskati will play Marwan, a university student who oversees the painting of graffiti that rebels against Jamal’s (Ashraf Barhom) government. Repped by TMT Entertainment Group, his credits include Person Of Interest, Believe and Blue Bloods and a Broadway run in Tom Stoppard’s Indian Ink.