– “West Wing” alum, Ron Canada, has been cast in the recurring role of the crisis-bungling NYC mayor for season 2 of FX’s drama, “The Strain.”
– Merrin Dungey (“Alias”) has booked a role as one of Disney’s most well-known villains – “The Little Mermaid’s” Ursula the Sea Witch, in the ABC series “Once Upon a Time.”
– Reg E. Cathey has joined the cast of “The Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman’s Cinemax drama pilot “Outcast,” which is based on his new comic book of the same name, which centers on Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit), who has been plagued by possession since he was a child. Now, as an adult, he embarks on a spiritual journey to find answers, but what he uncovers could mean the end of life on Earth as we know it. No word on what character exactly he’ll be playing.
– Osy Ikhile (“The Fear,” “Misfits”) has been cast in a lead role in Syfy’s 6-hour miniseries adaptation of author Arthur C. Clarke’s “Childhood’s End,” which follows a peaceful alien invasion of Earth by the mysterious Overlords, whose arrival begins decades of apparent utopia under indirect alien rule, at the cost of human identity and culture. Ikhile will play a character named Milo. He just wrapped Tarzan alongside Alexander Skarsgard and Margot Robbie and also recently shot Kill Your Friendswith Nicholas Hoult and Jet Trash opposite Robbie Sheehan. He will next be seen in Ron Howard’s In The Heart Of The Sea with Chris Hemsworth and Cillian Murphy. Other credits include TV series The Fear, Misfits, Blackout, Twenty Twelve andFresh Meat.
– Paris Barclay will executive produce and direct the pilot for Kurt Sutter’s highly-anticipated new series “The Bastard Executioner,” for the FX Network – a period drama that tells the story of a warrior knight in King Edward II’s charge who is broken by the ravages of war and vows to lay down his sword, but is forced to pick it up again, when violence finds him again.
And finally, after several years out of the spotlight, Dave Chappelle revealed that, as he slowly gets back into the swing of this, starting with a series of guest appearances on some of his favorite TV shows.
“I want to do this thing where I guest star on as many television shows as I possibly can,” Chappelle told GQ. “I love television. That fact that television ultimately made me famous was very gratifying for me.” And which shows would he like to appear on?
“I’d be a zombie in ‘The Walking Dead,’ a corpse on CSI,” and he added, “I’d be the first black guy to f— Olivia Pope on Scandal.” Hah! But would he be though? I don’t watch “Scandal,” but I recall the announcement in a previous season, that Norm Lewis was joining the cast to play Olivia Pope’s old flame. Fans of the series can correct me on that.
That’s all for now!