Emma Booth has been cast in ABC‘s drama pilot Gothica. Set in the present day, the ABC Studios/Mark Gordon Co. project weaves together a mythology that incorporates the legends of Dracula, Jekyll and Hyde, Frankenstein and Dorian Gray. It centers on journalist Grace Van Helsing (Janet Montgomery) who takes over her family’s hometown newspaper. Booth plays Victor Frankenstein’s (Tom Ellis) wife Madeline Usher.
Several child actors have landed lead roles in pilots. Benjamin Stockham of NBC‘s 1600 Penn has been cast in the network’s single-camera comedy pilot About A Boy, which follows the relationship between Will (David Walton), a bachelor man-child who is going through a revolving door of women, and the young boy (Stockham) who moves in next door with his kooky single mother, Fiona (Minnie Driver). I hear the casting, which is in second position to low-rated 1600 Penn, ruffled some feathers at 20th TV, which produces 1600 Penn. (About A Boy is at Universal TV). Wyatt Oleff has been cast in ABC comedy pilot Middle Age Rage as the 11-year-old son of the lead, Carol (Annie Mumolo), a middle-aged wife and mother. Madison Moellers plays the daughter of another lead, Tanner (Jason Lee) from CBS drama pilot’s Second Sight. She is with CESD. Additionally, River Alexander and Brooke Sorenson were recently cast as Rob Riggle’s son and daughter in the Fox comedy pilot The Gabriels. Both are with Coast To Coast.