Krysta Rodriguez (Smash, Chasing Life) has been cast opposite John Lithgow in The Trail, NBC’s documentary-style procedural comedy from comedy veteran Jeff Astrof, Forever creator Matt Miller and Warner Bros. TV. Written by Astrof and Miller and to be directed by Jeffrey Blitz, The Trail, whose title is a scrambled version of “trial,” follows Josh Simon (Nick D’Agosto), a young big-city lawyer and his oddball defense team during a high-profile murder trial in a small Southern town. Sent from his big New York law firm to small town South Carolina to prep a ragtag team in defending a poetry professor Larry Henderson (Lithgow) accused of murdering his wife, Josh tries to keep his optimism while feeling a bit out of his element — both professionally and as the first “Northeasterner” many of the townspeople have seen. Rodriguez will play Summer Henderson, Larry’s free-spirited adopted daughter, who comes back to town to help her father. Rodriguez, repped by Paradigm and Authentic, also appeared on Broadway in The Addams Family musical.
Ward Horton (Annabelle) has joined the cast of Bunker Hill, CBS’ medical drama pilot written by Jason Katims and directed by David Semel. The project follows James Bell (Augustus Prew), a young Silicon Valley tech titan who enlists Walter Wallace (Dermot Mulroney), a veteran surgeon with a controversial past, in starting a hospital with a cutting-edge, “new school” approach to medicine. Horton will play Dr. Scott Strauss, an intense neurologist with an Ivy League pedigree and the son of a world-class physician. Horton, repped by Innovative Artists and Industry, soon will be seen in indie feature Revelers.