Mena Suvari (American Beauty) has landed a lead role opposite Alicia Silverstone in TV Land pilot American Woman, inspired by the life of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills‘ Kyle Richards. Set in the 1970s, American Woman centers on Bonnie Nolan (Silverstone), a 40-year old woman with a beautiful home and two beautiful daughters. Finding herself alone after her marriage fails, Bonnie is an enigma of the times: a single woman with no means to support herself or her children. Suvari will play Kathleen, one of Bonnie’s closest friends. Suvari is repped by APA and Oren Segal.
Osi Okerafor (Fury) has been cast as a series regular in WGN America’s alien saga pilot Roadside Picnic, based on the famous novel by top Soviet/Russian science fiction writers Arkady and Boris Strugatsky. Written by Transcendence scribe Jack Paglen, with Alan Taylor attached to direct and Neal Moritz producing, Roadside Picnic explores a near-future world where aliens have come and gone, leaving humankind to explore the wondrous and dangerous mysteries left behind. Okerafor will play Captain Noonan, an Institute security officer with a nefarious agenda whose known Red since childhood, and is a purchaser who obtains alien artifacts on the black market. Okerafor’s credits include features Fury, and Our Kind of Traitor, Danny Boyle miniseries, Babylon; the BBC’s Law & Order UK, and a multi-episode arc on the BBC’s Prisoner’s Wives. He’s repped by APA, Identity Agency Group in UK, NB Management and Nelson Davis.