Pilot News: J.J. Abrams' Believe Drama for NBC, The CW's Blink Cast Leads

McLaughlin_CarrollAs pilot season forges on, both NBC’s Believe and The CW’s Blink have cast lead roles.

Jake McLaughlin, who played Alex’s brother Aaron on Grey’s Anatomy, joins Believe as a young man who is sprung from prison to protect a young girl with special, developing gifts from evil elements looking to co-opt her powers. Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men), J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk (Fringe) are the executive producers.

McLaughlin’s other TV credits include Starz’s Crash and In Plain Sight.

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Meanwhile, Madeline Carroll (Mr. Popper’s Penguins) has been cast on Blink, which is described as a “warm, quirky, humorous drama” about a family patriarch who lands in a coma-like state after a car accident, but can still see and hear all. Carroll, whose TV credits include Private Practice and Lost (as Annie), will play Ari, an angsty teen having an especially hard time dealing with her dad’s condition. Vera Herbert (Awkward) and David Marshall Grant (Brothers & Sisters) are among that project’s EPs.

Our sister site Deadline reported on both of the above castings.