Santino Fontana, Michael McDonald, Donna Lynne Champlin and Vincent Rodriguez III have been cast as potential series regulars on Showtime’s comedy pilot Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, starring Rachel Bloom. The project centers on Rebecca (Bloom), a successful, driven and possibly crazy young woman who impulsively gives up everything – her
partnership at a prestigious law firm and her upscale apartment in Manhattan – in a desperate attempt to find love and happiness in that exotic hotbed of romance and adventure: West Covina, CA. Fontana (Frozen) will play Greg, a bartender and Rebecca’s first friend; McDonald (MADtv) is Darryl, Rebecca’s new boss; Champlin (Broadway’s Billy Elliot and Sweeney Todd) plays Paula, Rebecca’s co-worker at the law firm who is suspicious of her; and Rodriguez (Broadway’s Here Lies Love) will play Josh, Rebecca’s childhood boyfriend who she runs into years later and who acts as the catalyst for her dramatic life change. The CBS Television Studios pilot, a half-hour with musical elements, starts production in October. Marc Webb directs the pilot. (Watch Bloom’s YouTube video announcing the castings above.)
Dominic Cooper has been cast in ABC’s midseason series Marvel’s Agent Carter. He will play Tony Stark’s father Howard Stark, reprising his role from Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter. The 1946-set series stars Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter, who working for the covert Strategic Scientific Reserve, balancing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark — all while trying to navigate life as a single woman in America. The CAA-repped Cooper recently starred in Need For Speed, Reasonable Doubt and the BBC miniseries Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond and next appears in Dracula Untold and Warcraft.
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