TVLine Items: Revenge and Last Man Recasts, ABC Grabs Berlanti/Gamble Med Drama and More!

A pair of ABC series are recasting familiar faces for their sophomore runs.

First up is Revenge: Emily’s silent-but-scrupulous mentor Takeda will now be played by Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Hawaii Five-0, Heroes), since the character’s original portrayer, Hiroyuki Sanada (Lost), is busy with a packed overseas film schedule.

But fret not, Revenge producer Melissa Loy assures TV Guide Magazine, which first reported the news, Tagawa has been “fantastic” in the role.

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Elsewhere, the ABC comedy Last Man Standing has cast Greek‘s Jordan Masterson as Kristin’s baby daddy — a role that was originally portrayed by recording artist Nick Jonas. The character is being expanded in Season 2 (which bows Nov. 2), TV Guide Magazine reports, so a recast was necessary.

Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

• ABC has picked up a medical drama project from Greg Berlanti and former Supernatural co-showrunner Sera Gamble. Per Deadline, the untitled pilot follows a renowned neurosurgeon who suffers a traumatic brain injury. Gamble will also pen the project.

• The Big C‘s John Benjamin Hickey has booked a major recurring role on Fox’s The Mob Doctor. Per The Hollywood Reporter, he joins the freshman drama as the U.S. attorney father of Zach Gilford’s doctor character. Mob Doctor launches Monday, Sept. 17.

• AMC has renewed its hit reality show The Pitch for a second season. Additionally, the cabler has ordered two new unscripted series: Venice Beach Freakshow, which follows former music producer Todd Ray as he pursues his dreams on the famed California coastal town; and an untitled taxidermy competition series.

•  HBO has given the green light to Family Tree, an eight-episode documentary-style comedy from big-screen helmer Christopher Guest. The series centers on a down-on-his-luck man (played by Bridesmaids Chris O’Dowd) who begins exploring his heritage after receiving a strange box from a great aunt. Family Tree will air simultaneously on the U.K.’s BBC 2.

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• CBS has purchased a legal drama from writer Danny Strong (Game Change), director David O. Russell (The Fighter) and exec producer Robert De Niro, Deadline reports. The project is inspired by a real-life father/daughter lawyer team.

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  1. Alex says:

    Andy Brown is going to have a traumatic brain injury??

  2. Sam says:

    A Chistopher Guest HBO show? Holy shizz, count me in!

  3. shuayb says:

    Tsun Sang is the new Takeda! Lol. He always plays dodgy characters!

  4. Dee says:

    Wow! Glad Sera Gamble has a project already. Happy she is away from the crazies in the Supernatural fandom. Good for her.

  5. megalion says:

    Gamble’s project? Sounds an awful like A Gifted Man.

    Different network plus its brain injury vs fearing insanity/brain tumor for seeing dead wife

    But otherwise, what’s really different?

    I know the whole “all stories have already been told” thing but could wait instead of coming right on heels of AGM cancellation.

  6. C says:

    Am I the only one who thinks the Gamble project is like Body of Proof? Dana Delaney’s character had a brain injury that caused problems so she became a coroner instead of a neurosurgeon.

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      BODY OF PROOF’s Megan Hunt hurt her hand in a car crash, and that is why she had to give up being a surgeon.

      • Ace says:

        I thought her paresthesia (the shaking/cramping of her hands) was a result of some other injury from the car accident, rather than trauma to the hands themselves. I’m not sure the show every specified exactly what her injury was, but paresthesia can be caused by spinal issues, if I remember correctly.

  7. Jimmy says:

    I’m not sure all this recasting will make a bit of difference with Last Man Standing. It’s a poorly developed series full of unfunny stereotypes. Tim Allen deserves better.

  8. itsme says:

    That’s too bad about Sanada, I really enjoy him as an actor (and he’s really handsome) but I’m glad he’s busy.

  9. tvdiva says:

    Congrats to Danny Strong. He went from a supporting actor on Buffy and Gilmore Girls, to a writer who has been nominated for two Emmys (Recount, Game Change) and won a Writer’s Guild Award for best original screenplay for Recount. He has successfully made the transition from actor to writer. I hope we see more of his work.

  10. Sheila says:

    I’m stoping watching last man standing, I don’t like that they have recasted

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