Awkward alumna Nikki DeLoach is set as a series regular opposite Jeremy Sisto, Archie Panjabi and Kevin Rankin in ABC’s murder trial drama pilot, The Jury. Written by VJ Boyd and Mark Bianculli, and executive produced by Carol Mendelsohn, The Jury examines “the ultimate social experiment” that happens thousands of times a day in the U.S.: A person’s fate is placed in the hands of 12 strangers. Described as “12 Angry Men meets the podcast Serial,” the series follows a single murder trial a season as seen through the eyes of the individual jurors, exploring the biases and experiences that influence the jurors’ judgment and how their preconceptions change along the way. DeLoach will play Haley, a beautiful, stylish Southern Belle who uses her flirtatious charm to cover the tragedy of her real life, which is spiraling out of control. DeLoach starred as Lacey Hamilton on all five seasons of MTV’s Awkward and also appeared on NCIS, Major Crimes, Criminal Minds and Castle, among others. She’s repped by APA, More/Medavoy Management, and Morris Yorn Barnes & Levine.
Austin Hébert has been cast as a series regular in ABC pilot Spark, from writer Michael Cooney and producers Ian Sander & Kim Moses. Spark is a lavish primetime drama series of passion, greed and hope in a Steampunk reality, circa 2016. Set in an alternate history where gas and coal fuel the world, the drama centers on the battle for power between two rival families and a rebellious young woman with a spark of invention that could level both their empires. Hébert will play Cable Jones, a lovable rogue cursed with a heart of gold; caught within the battle of power between two rival families. His tentacles tend to reach down rather than up, securing his connections into the lower echelons of society. Hébert can next be seen in a supporting role in Ed Zwick-directed Reacher: Never Go Back. He is repped by Abrams Artists Agency and Tash Moseley Management.