UPDATES: Chris Johnson (The Vampire Diaries) and Megan Dodds (The Contract) have booked series regular roles opposite Adam Rodriguez and Paula Patton in ABC’s drama pilot Runner. Written by Michael Cooney based on the Turkish series Son and directed by Michael Offer, the 20th TV/ABC Studios project centers on Lauren Marks (Patton), a wife and mother who had believed her husband had died in a plane crash, only to discover him alive, well and traveling with a mysterious woman who uses Lauren’s stolen identity. Johnson, repped by APA and Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer, will play Josh, a handsome and artistic architect and Lauren’s business partner. Johnson recently wrapped an arc on Chicago Fire. Dodds, repped by UTA and Silver Lining Entertainment, plays Simon’s wife Emily. Also cast is Matthew LeNevez, who plays Adam, a pediatric surgeon.
Marin Hinkle (Two And A Half Men) has landed a series regular role in ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot The King Of 7B. The ensemble project, written by Howard Franklin and directed by David Frankel, focuses on Prentiss Porter (Craig Ferguson), an agoraphobic recluse who ventures outside for the first time in 11 years when he spies what could be his soulmate moving into the building across the street. Hinkle will play Prentiss’ sister Charlotte, formerly a stylish deb and now a PETA zealot who eschews beauty products and wears only “natural fabrics.”
Chaz Lamar Shepherd (7th Heaven) is set as a series regular opposite Kevin Connolly and Vanessa Williams on Fox’s multi-camera/hybrid pilot Fantasy Life, written by Tim McAuliffe based on the memoir by one of U.S.’ top fantasy sports experts, ESPN’s Matthew Berry. When a hard-working guy, Mitch (Connolly) lands his ultimate dream job hosting a fantasy football show, he’s forced to navigate office politics while becoming the star he never thought he could be. Shepherd, repped by Harden-Curtis Assoc, and Nyle Brenner Management, will play MC2, a pro football player and one of the analysts on Mitch’s show.
Morgan Krantz (Switched At Birth) has booked a series regular role on The Half Of It, CBS’ multi-camera comedy pilot written/executive produced by Mike Gibbons and directed by James Burrows. The project from CBS TV Studios centers on Mike (Jon Dore), a newly divorced dad who revels in the fact that he now gets to keep half his stuff, which is more than he ever had when he was married. Krantz, repped by Pakula/King & Associates, 3 Arts and attorney Dave Feldman, will play Trevor, Mike’s (Dore) Bohemian hipster neighbor. Krantz wrote, directed and produced Babysitter, which premieres Sunday at SXSW.