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TV News: Condola Rashad, David Alan Grier, Lil Rel Book Roles + 1st Woman NBA Ref in Focus

TV News: Condola Rashad, David Alan Grier, Lil Rel Book Roles + 1st Woman NBA Ref in Focus

Some TV casting news you can use…

First, Condola Rashad has been cast opposite Paul Giamatti in the Showtime Wall Street-set drama pilot “Billions,” from Brian Koppelman, David Levien and Andrew Ross Sorkin. The story follows 2 industry titans (Giamatti and “Homelan’s” Damian Lewis), and their impending clash. Rashad will play a character named Kate, who is described as a smart, ambitious, young professional working for Giamatti’s character, the U.S. Attorney General.

Second, David Alan Grier has booked a co-starring role in NBC’s Jerrod Carmichael sitcom, “Go Jerrod Go,” which is inspired by material from Carmichael’s stand-up routine. It centers on a young couple (played by Carmichael and Amber West), who decide to move in together. Grier will play Carmichael’s father, alongside Loretta Devine as his mother.

Third, also landing a role on “Go Jerrod Go” is actor and stand-up comedian Lil Rel, who will play Jerrod’s lovable but good-for-nothing brother Bobby, who is also full of potential money-making schemes that never quite pan out.

And finally, ESPN Films announced a new documentary short series, “Versus,” that will explore moments of inspiration, when the world of sports transcended the action on the field. The series will be executive produced by Eva Longoria. “Versus” will consist of 5 films that will premiere monthly from May through September. Included in the 5 is “Queen Vee,” directed by Melissa Johnson, which follows Violet ‘Vee’ Palmer, the first woman referee in the NBA – an intrepid pioneer with gigantic ambition who beat all odds to make it to the NBA. The film chronicles Violet’s singular journey as an African American woman who grew up Southern Baptist in Compton, and managed to reach the elite club of refs at the highest level. Additional films in the series to be announced.

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