TV Casting News
James Brolin and Nathan Fillion: each a perfect example of a charming man's man. So it makes sense that veteran TV and film actor Brolin will appear in a two-part February sweeps episode as Rick's long-absent father on ABC's Castle. What makes this story a little strange is that Brolin will also pop up this season on NBC's Community as -- you guessed it -- Joel McHale's father. Hey, if you're a touch too old to play the leading man, there's no shame in monopolizing all the leading man's father roles.
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Though she still has half of a season left as everyone's favorite Breaking Bad kleptomaniac Marie, Betsy Brandt has snagged the coveted lead female role in Michael J. Fox's upcoming NBC comedy, based on Fox's real-life struggles with Parkinson's. Brandt co-stars as Annie, the high-strung yet forceful wife of Mike Burnaby (Fox), a news anchor getting back in the game after winning an edge over his disease. Brandt steals nearly every scene she's in over on Breaking Bad, so it's nice to see her nab such a high-profile follow-up role. Now it's all up to the writers to determine whether this untitled comedy (scheduled to premiere in the fall) will make a lasting impression.
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In more paternal casting news, Andy Richter (often forgotten for his short-lived TV series, now known as Conan O'Brien's sidekick) will join the kooky cast of ABC's Happy Endings as Penny's (Casey Wilson)... dad? Now hold on a second, isn't Richter a mere 14 years older than Wilson? Come to think of it, judging by the fact that everything on Happy Endings is absolutely ludicrous, this makes a lot of sense. Richter's episode will air in the Spring.
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Arrow's Huntress Plays Dracula's Mistress
Brace yourselves, readers, for NBC is bringing unprecedented evil to primetime television: vampires! Alongside Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the eponymous bloodsucker in the upcoming 19th century drama Dracula, Arrow's Jessica De Gouw will play Mina, the apple of the count's eye who bares a striking resemblance to his late wife. De Gouw certainly looks the part, but I have to say that she was pretty darn awful as the crossbow-wielding Huntress in Arrow. Then again, she was dealing with a script produced by The CW -- enough said.
Jessica De Gouwn (NBC)