Brooks Wheelan (Saturday Night Live) has landed a series regular role on Toast, ABC’s hybrid comedy pilot executive produced by Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes. The project hails from Rhimes and Betsy Beers’ Shondaland, Scott Foley and Greg Grunberg. Written by Foley and Grunberg and directed by Gail Mancuso, Toast revolves around engaged couple Max (Jono Kenyon) and Page (Jerrika Hinton), who, over their wedding rehearsal dinner, have their eclectic family and friends give toasts recalling anecdotes about the couple — but flashbacks reveal that the toasts don’t always get it right, as we watch the true story of their complicated, funny and relatable road to marriage. Wheelan will play Vince, an extreme sports enthusiast. An animated and adventurous guy, he is Max’s best man and best friend. Wheelan spent the 2014 season on SNL, and his other credits include Those Who Can’t, Girls, Hawaii Five-O and a Comedy Central stand-up special. Repped by Gersh, Avalon and Hansen Jacobson, he next will be seen in the indie feature Random Tropical Paradise.
Clare-Hope Ashitey (Suspects) has booked a series regular role in the Fox event series Shots Fired. From Gina Prince-Bythewood and Brian Grazer, Shots Fired examines the dangerous aftermath of racially charged shootings in a small town. The cast also includes Sanaa Lathan, Tristan Wilds, Aisha Hinds, Stephen James, Richard Dreyfuss, Helen Hunt, Stephen Moyer, Jill Hennessey and Will Patton. Ashitey will plays Kerry Beck, the wife of Deputy Joshua Beck, who is struggling to keep her family and life together as the media spotlight bears down on her husband. Ashitey’s credits include the UK series Suspects and Doctor Foster and biopic Jimi: All Is by My Side. She next appears in indie drama The White King. She is repped by Gersh, Authentic Talent and United Agents in the UK.
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