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TV Casting News: Laz Alonzo, Cedric Yarbrough, Samuel Anderson, B.J. Britt

TV Casting News: Laz Alonzo, Cedric Yarbrough, Samuel Anderson, B.J. Britt

The latest TV casting news you should know… 

Laz Alonso (Deception, Jumping the Broom) has been added to the cast of NBC’s The Mysteries of Laura. Based on a popular Spanish series, the hourlong project stars NBC alum Debra Messing as Laura, a homicide detective navigating life and love. Alonso co-stars as Billy, her partner in crime. 

Samuel Anderson (The History Boys) joins Series 8 of Doctor Who, which introduces Peter Capaldi as the Doctor. Anderson has a recurring role as Danny Pink, a teacher at Coal Hill School where companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) also teaches. 

On joining the show Anderson said, “[Doctor Who] is a quintessential part of British culture and I can’t believe I’m part of it. It’s an honour to be able to work alongside Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman and I can’t wait to show people how my character becomes involved with such a fantastic duo!”

Cedric Yarbrough is set to co-star in Fox’s new half hour Dead Boss, an adaptation of the BBC3 series. 

The comedic mystery stars Jane Krakowski as Helen, a woman wrongfully convicted of murdering her boss and depending on her train wreck of a sister to prove her innocence. 

Yarbrough will play Helen’s schlumpy lawyer, Tony. 

Marvel has released a first look at B.J. Britt as Triplett in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which is set to return to ABC Tuesday, March 4. Britt co-stars opposite Bill Paxton as Garrett, as his character joins the team on a special mission. 

Find the first image of him in action below.

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It's a weird conspiracy of events that NBC is giving black actors so many opportunities these days, yet NBC programming is so void of any originality, much less creativity that it rises to the level of being as mediocre as its sister network Bravo. After the utter failings of "Ironside," and "Deception," "Sean Saves the World," and "The Michael J Fox Show," and the announcement/cancelation of a reimagining of "Murder She Wrote," with Octavia, I would be careful, as a black actor, about hitching my wagon to the peacock.

They're not, exactly, hitting it out of the ballpark these days, and, watch. This will be no different. How is this show any different from "Castle?" It really sounds rather hum drum.


Well I think that Laz is a great actor. I hope that this show last, because it will be great to see him on another weekly series. I will be tuning in. Laz do your thing.

D.C. Kirkwood

Im happy for Laz Alonzo, but there is always something lacking in his performance. I can't really say what it is but the best role for him was Breakout Kings. Jumping the Broom was horrible. I wish him luck in finding better roles.

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