Lots of familiar faces will be back in both dramas and reality competition series this fall. Supergirl, American Crime and America’s Got Talent have all announced the return of some big characters and judges, while Chicago Fire and Agents of SHIELD make room for some newbies. Find out all the latest TV casting news below.
Calista Flockhart Back on Supergirl
With Supergirl‘s move from CBS to The CW came a move of production as well. The show, which was originally shot in Los Angeles, has now moved to Vancouver. According to Deadline, actress Calista Flockhart has been very specific in her acting choices by only picking projects that filmed in L.A., to stay closer to her family. Thankfully, Flockhart has agreed to continue her role as Kara’s hardened and powerful boss, Kat Grant, for season 2. Unfortunately, her role on the show will slow down a bit, as she’s stepped down from a series regular to a recurring guest star.
All Four Judges Return to America’s Got Talent
America’s Got Talent isn’t going anywhere and neither are its judges — or host, for that matter. At the Television Critics Association, NBC announced that the competition will still feature Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel as judges, as well as Nick Cannon as host. While America’s Got Talent enters season 12, it will only be the second season for Simon Cowell, who birthed the original series, Britain’s Got Talent.
Jason O’Mara Joins Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
When the six month time-jump picks back up in season 4, the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will have a new director to report to. TVLine says that Jason O’Mara will play the new director of S.H.I.E.L.D., though not very many character details have been released past that. Apparently though, his character has “Marvel roots [which] go back to the 1940s.” Marvel TV chief Jeph Loeb says, “Bringing Jason into the mix as the new Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. forces everyone, particularly Coulson, to reevaluate their role in the Agency. Jason has both the physical presence and acting dynamics that will connect with and challenge even the most loyal agent.”
O’Mara took to Twitter to share the news himself:
Beyond excited to be joining the @AgentsofSHIELD team as the new director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Can’t say anything else or I’ll get into trouble ðŸ˜€
— Jason O’Mara (@jason_omara) August 1, 2016
Grey’s Anatomy Star on Chicago Fire
Meredith’s love interest has found a new calling as a social media celebrity. According to TVLine, Scott Elrod (Dr. Thorpe on Grey’s Anatomy) will play Travis Brenner on season 5 of Chicago Fire. Travis is a lifestyle celebrity with a huge social media following. He will cross paths with Severide on a fire call.
Lili Taylor Returns to American Crime
Deadline reports that season 3 of American Crime will see the return of the Emmy-nominated actress Lili Taylor. This marks the sixth returning star to the drama series, with Timothy Hutton, Felicity Huffman, Regina King and Richard Cabral having also previously signed back on.
“Lili consistently performs with her soul exposed, and we are so blessed that she has chosen to share that gift with us,” says executive producer Michael McDonald. “We can’t wait for the audience to see the physical and emotional transformation she will undergo this season.”
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