Casting Bits: 'The Originals' Adds a New Character, 'Suits' Spin-Off Adds Series Regular and More
Casting Bits: 'The Originals' Adds a New Character, 'Suits' Spin-Off Adds Series Regular and More
DeanBextor
DeanBextor
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A human enters the world of The Originals, the zombie apocalypse makes room for a new character and Designated Survivor finds Kiefer Sutherland's on-screen brother. Read on to find out more about the latest casting on TV.

Casting Bits: Fear the Walking Dead Adds a Series Regular, Suits Spin-Off Adds 2 Major Roles, a 24 Reunion on Designated Survivor and More>>>

Aria Shahghasemi on The Originals

Aria Shahghasemi will be gracing the fifth and final season of The Originals. The relatively new actor, who has appeared on Unforgettable and Law and Order: SVU, is expected to make his debut in the 12th episode of the upcoming season. According to TV Line, he'll play Landon, a "thoughtful, compassionate and self-aware kid from the wrong side of the tracks who catches Hope's attention when she witnesses him being bullied by his affluent classmates." The character may also reportedly have a place in the possible Hope-centric spin-off. 

Simon Kassianides on Suits Spin-Off

Deadline reports that Simon Kassianides has been added to the cast of USA Nework's proposed Suits spin-off, which has already tapped Gina Torres, Rebecca Rittenhouse and Morgan Spector. Kassianides, who has appeared on Marvel's Agents of SHIELD and Quantum of Solace, will be making an appearance in the season seven finale, which will also serve as a backdoor pilot for the spin-off and is expected to be a series regular if the project goes to series. The actor will play "a mysterious tough guy with ties to both the Mayor and Chicago's biggest developer."

Breckin Meyer on Designated Survivor

Designated Survivor fans will finally meet Kiefer Sutherland's estranged on-screen brother. Deadline confirms that actor Breckin Meyer will play Trey Kirkman, "the polar opposite of his older brother, Tom Kirkman (Sutherland), in temperament and life choices." The character is described as smart, outgoing and grounded with a successful career in finance. Trey is expected to become an important confidant and counselor to Tom. Meyer previously starred on Franklin and Bash, and created the comedy series Men at Work. 

Jenna Elfman on Fear the Walking Dead

Fear the Walking Dead is making room for Jenna Elfman, who will be joining the cast as a series regular in season four, The Hollywood Reporter reveals. Not much is known about the character of Elfman, who is most famous for her starring role on Dharma and Greg.

Julianne Hough on One Hit Wonder

Former Dancing with the Stars pro and judge Julianne Hough will star on the FOX series One Hit Wonder. According to Deadline, the network has put a pilot commitment on the single-camera comedy which revolves around Hough's Wendy, a one-hit wonder who tries to guide her niece through the music industry to keep her from making the mistakes she made in the past. 

Rachel Bilson and Eddie Cibrian on Take Two

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rachel Bilson and Eddie Cibrian have landed lead roles on ABC's upcoming procedural series from Castle creators Andrew Marlowe and his producing partner and wife, Terri Edda Miller. Take Two, which has a straight-to-series order, is about Bilson's Ella, a former star of a hit cop series who just got out of rehab and who is desperate to jumpstart her career. To research for a potential role, she follows around private investigator Eddie (Cibrian), who is reluctant to babysit the high-spirited actress. However, he soon discovers potential clients looking to hire the pair after they solve a high-profile case. Bilson starred as Summer Roberts on The O.C. and as Dr. Zoe Hart on Hart of Dixie but she most recently appeared on Nashville as Alyssa Greene.  Cibrian, on the other hand, is credited for his roles on Rosewood, Baby Daddy, CSI: Miami, Third Watch and Sunset Beach.


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