Terry Kinney has joined the cast of CBS’ drama pilot Rookies, an ensemble cop show about six NYPD rookies who balance their personal lives with learning the beat on the streets of Manhattan. Kinney, repped by ICM and Brookside Artist Management, will play Yoda, the Field Training Officer for the rookies. On TV, Kinney, who co-founded the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, had a recurring role on The Mentalist.
Touched by an Angel alumna Della Reese has been cast in another drama project with spiritual elements, Marc Cherry’s pilot Hallelujah for ABC. The project is set in the town of Hallelujah, Tenn., where the forces of good and evil are exemplified by hardworking, moral diner owner Rye Turner (Donal Logue), a family man who has had a run of tragic luck, and his longtime nemesis, corrupt millionaire Del Roman (Terry O’Quinn), who is a law unto himself. Del seems to be winning the battle until mysterious newcomer Jared O’Neal (Jesse L. Martin) arrives in town. Reese will play a wicked old conniver who has been the rock of Del’s life since his earliest memory. Also cast in the pilot are Robbie Amell as Del’s cocky, hunky young son, and Zoey Deutch as Rye’s daughter.
Curb Your Enthusiasm co-star Cheryl Hines has joined ABC’s comedy pilot Suburgatory. The pilot, from creator Emily Kapnek, centers on Tessa (Jane Levy), a teenage girl who moves with her dad George (Jeremy Sisto) from Manhattan, where she grew up, to her version of hell: the suburbs. Hines will play the plastic surgery-enhanced wife of a rich businessman who will prove an unlikely confidante to Tessa and George. This would be the second ABC comedy series for Hines, who also starred on In the Motherhood.
Brad Morris has landed a co-starring role in NBC’s untitled Dan Goor pilot. The multicamera comedy, from writer/exec producer Dan Goor, centers on Adam Foote (Andrew J. West), a young doctor who joins his parents’ medical practice and spends as much time tending to his family as to his patients. Morris, recently out of Chicago’s Second City, will play Adam’s older brother Matt, the only non-doctor in the family. Morris is with Innovative and 3 Arts.
Raphael Sbarge has joined the cast of ABC’s drama pilot Once Upon a Time, from writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. It centers on Anna (Jennifer Morrison), a woman drawn into the small town of Storybrook, where the magic and mystery of fairy tales may be real. Sbarge, repped by Domain and Main Title, will play Archie/voice of Jiminy Cricket, an eccentric-looking gentleman walking a Dalmatian and carrying an umbrella who lives in Storybrooke and cheerfully welcomes Anna to town.
Newcomer Eric Andre has been added to the cast of ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apt. 23. Written by Nahnatchka Khan and to be directed by Jason Winer, Bitch centers on June (Dreama Walker), an earnest, honest, optimistic girl from the heartland who, due to circumstances beyond her control, is forced to move in with Chloe (Krysten Ritter), a sexy, unstable New York City party girl who has the morals of a pirate. Andre, repped by ICM and Generate, will play a potential love interest for June.
Noureen DeWulf had been added to CBS’ buddy P.I. pilot Hail Mary. Penned by Jeff Wadlow, the project centers on Mary Beth Baker (Minnie Driver), a suburban single mom in Atlanta who, after her teen son is killed, teams up with her son’s best friend KZ (Brandon T. Jackson), a fast-talking con artist, to solve her son’s murder and other crimes. DeWulf, repped by Innovative and Evolution, will play a high school guidance department’s administrative assistant who works with Mary Beth.
Michael Gaston, Daya Vaidya and Kevin Rankin have been added to CBS’ untitled Ed Redlich/John Bellucci pilot, which centers on a female NYPD detective (Poppy Montgomery) who possesses the special ability to remember everything and, although a gift in her job, it’s a curse in her personal life. Gaston, Vaidya and Rankin will play detectives.