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Roundup: Sci-Fi Central Casting (Part 2)

By April 2, 2012

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Erik Palladino; Scott Wolf.Erik Palladino; Scott Wolf.

Erik Palladino; Scott Wolf.

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Some more recent casting notes for the upcoming season:

666 Park Avenue--A bunch of additions to this show about an apartment building with a dark secret. The always enjoyable Erik Palladino (ER, Over There--though best remembered by me as the up-and-coming detective who was suddenly fired on Joan of Arcadia) has been added to the ABC pilot in the recurring role of Tony Demeo. Also recently joined: Samantha Jade Logan as Nona Clark ("14, green nailpolish, skinny jeans"), a resident with a unique gift. The rest of the cast includes Rachael Taylor, Dave Annable, Helena Mattsson, Mercedes Masohn, Robert Buckley, Terry O'Quinn, and Vanessa Williams.

Joey Dakota--The cast is shaping up for The CW's import of the quirky Israeli musical time-travel hit. The title role is played by Legend of the Seeker star Craig Horner and Amber Stevens (Greek) as Maya Beaumont as the filmmaker who tracks Joey down in the past. Recent additions to the cast include (V, Party of Five) as the geeky/cute Franklin, who sets the whole time travel thing rolling, and former Jersey Boys star Erich Bergen. The pilot is based on an Israeli series called Danny Hollywood, which produced 200 episodes.

Mockingbird Lane--Bryan Fuller's Munsters revamp, so to speak, has added its sore-thumb, human-looking daughter Marilyn: a relatively little-known British actress named Charity Wakefield. The premise starts with Grandpa Dracula (Eddie Izzard) marrying his daughter off to a husband he built (Hermann) in lieu of eligible vampire bachelors; their son's puberty-awakened werewolfness is what forces the move to the secluded Mockingbird Lane. Wakefield starred the the David E. Kelley pilot Legally Mad and in the UK Sense and Sensibility miniseries (as Marianne). Plus she has the best British name since Benedict Cumberbatch.

Beauty and the Beast (CW version)--Another UK actor, Max Brown (The Tudors, MI-5), has joined The CW's reboot of the Eighties Beast series as Evan, a medical examiner who's a friend-who-wants-to-be-more of Catherine (Kristin Kreuk), who of course is drawn to Vincent (Jay Ryan), the survivor of a military experiment that went disastrously wrong.

Pilot formerly called Revolution--The NBC postapocalyptic drama pilot about a world where the energy sources series now stars Billy Burke as the protagonist, Miles; the role that he previously had and was promoted from, the charismatic Marine soldier named Bass, has been given to David Lyons, star of the NBC's canceled-with-extreme-prejudice superhero series The Cape. Jon Favreau is directing the pilot.

Primeval: New World—Earlier in March, production started for the North American spin-off of Primeval, picked up by the Canadian channel SPACE. (There's no stateside deal yet.) The series stars Eureka beau Niall Matter; even better, Andrew-Lee Potts will appear as a recurring guest star in the 13-episode first season, reprising his role as Connor Temple from the original series. The rest of the cast includes Sara Canning (The Vampire Diaries), Miranda Frigon (Sanctuary, Heartland), and Geoff Gustafson (Supernatural, Hot Tub Time Machine). Stargate and Sanctuary fans will note the presence of Martin Wood as executive producer and Amanda Tapping and Andy Mikta as directors. One amazing fact about Primeval: New World: not only is it made in Vancouver—it's actually set there. Wow.
Tags: 666 Park Avenue, Joey Dakota, Mockingbird Lane, Beauty and the Beast, Primeval: New World
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