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Roundup: Sci-Fi Central Casting

By September 24, 2012

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Jenna Dewan-Tatum will star in the pilot (I)Witches of East End(/i).

Jenna Dewan-Tatum will star in the pilot Witches of East End.

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A couple of fresh casting notes this week:

Witches of East End--Remember Lifetime's essay into the supernatural about two sisters who don't know they've got a witchy heritage, announced back in July? The pilot now has most of its cast lined up. The big news was that Superman's mom, Emmy-winner Julia Ormond, is heading the roster as Joanna Beauchamp, the family matriarch who has been hiding that pesky secret from her two daughters. Joining her now are Step Up's Jenna Dewan-Tatum as the older, wilder daughter, Freya, and Rachel Boston as the more conservative daughter, Ingrid. Patrick Heusinger, previously of Gossip Girl and Royal Pains, will play the male lead, Dash (yes, Dash), Freya's fiancee and a millionaire philanthropist. Always nice to have one of those around, though these days you expect to find a superhero costume in a dark corner of their closet.

Supernatural--Been wondering what Amanda Tapping would be up to now that Sanctuary has fallen off the Syfy schedule? How about a lip-smacking recurring turn on Supernatural as Naomi, a tough-as-nails businesswoman with a far-ranging secret? With a nice suit and slicked back hair she comes across as an efficient and put-together person, but it turns out she's part of a new group of angels, and that means you can expect extreme emotions underneath her placid surface. Tapping appears starting with the seventh episode of season 8, called "A Little Slice of Kevin." We'll be there. Amanda Tapping has always been an angel to us.

Orphan Black--The Space Channel/BBC America original series has chosen experienced Canadian actress Tatiana Maslany to fill the lead role, a streetwise orphan who discovers she's part of a world of genetic clones. Coincidentally, one of Maslany's more visible roles recently was opposite Jenna Dewan-Tatum's husband, Channing Tatum, and Rachel McAdams in The Vow; she also had a starring role in Picture Day and has starred in a various Canadian or Canadian-produced series. Shooting on Orphan Black, already greenlit for ten episodes, begins in October.

Meanwhile, are you pining for Dee Dee Dualla? No? Well, anyway, Kandyse McClure is making an appearance on tonight's Alphas as Agnes, an attractive but dangerous Alpha with the ability to see into people's minds. But her ability--as always on Alphas--comes with a painfully high cost. Poor thing. Who invented this tragic superpowers gig, anyway?
Tags: Witches of East End, Orphan Black
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September 25, 2012 at 10:14 am
(1) Naomi says:

Amanda Tapping + Supernatural. Yes!

I think Naomi is a most excellent choice for the character’s name. :D

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