Pilot News: Tom Berenger, Stephen Lang, Arrow Bad-Ass and CSI Alum Among Latest Castings

Pilot News Berenger Lang HuTom Berenger, Terra Nova chieftain Stephen Lang, Arrow‘s kickass Kelly Hu and a CSI alum and among the latest actors to book pilots.

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Per our sister site Deadline….

* Hatfields & McCoys Emmy winner Berenger will play the dynamic police chief who oversees the Gang Task Force in Gang Related, Fox’s drama project about a gang member sent to infiltrate the San Francisco PD.

* Lang has landed a lead in ABC’s Reckless, a thriller about a resourceful man (Patrick Fugit) who, when his wife Sarah (Eloise Mumford) disappears during a military coup in East Myanmar, delves into a world of political intrigue and dangerous alliances to extract her. Lang plays Sarah’s father, the manager of a top military manufacturing facility who uses his connections in the effort.

* Hu has boarded The CW’s The 100 as the politically savvy Chief Communications Officer on the space station dubbed The Ark.

* The CW’s The Selection has cast CSI alumna Louise Lombard as Queen Amberly, a political player who knows everything there is to know about every girl in the titular competition for the prince’s hand.

* Kristoffer Polaha (Life Unexpected) has joined Backstrom, CBS’ drama about an overweight, offensive, irascible police detective, playing the unit’s Forensics Liaison.

* Treme‘s Michiel Huisman has landed the lead role of rogue gunslinger/handsome bastard Drake Sinclair in NBC’s Carlton Cuse-produced adaptation of the comic book series The Sixth Gun.

* Ann Cusack (Private Practice) will play mom to Christina Ricci/wife to Daniel Stern in NBC’s comedy Girlfriend In A Coma.

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  1. Renee says:

    Awww I miss Terra Nova. Good luck Stephen!

  2. The only interesting CW pilots (to me) are Oxygen and The Tomorrows People, with The Originals (for TVD fans, obviously) and most probably The 100 (better as The Hundred). The Selection, however, sounds like total crap, while Blink, Company Town and Reign ALL being the kind of programs that The CW needs to get away from in order to start afresh.

    • Jason says:

      I don’t know, Jarrod, I think all 7 of the CW pilots sound great, with (in my mind) Reign and Blink the least likely to catch on with viewers. The casting for the other pilots has been astounding, and if the series are executed up to the standards of Vampire/Supernatural/Arrow/Nikita, CW can score several hits with this development slate. I’m very excited.

      Obviously, Carrie Diaries and Cult aren’t finding an audience (I’m questioning whether ANY mid-season introduction, a la Life Unexpected, stands a chance), so there will be at least 4 open time-slots, should CW elect to stay with underperforming Hart of Dixie and/or Nikita.

      Heading in the right direction, for sure, though….with a very nice slate of summer fare, as well.

    • dude says:

      I feel like Company Town would be great. The CW needs some non-genre shows and it sounds like a military-themed One Tree Hill. I’d be excited for it.

  3. maki says:

    Pplaha is till getting cast. come on that guy is a show killer. i don’t know if there is a long term show with him.
    For the Cw pilots. oxygen has a pretty good cast. and hopefully it gets picke up. the Originals and Tomorrow people have good chances for getting a pick up as well.
    The 100 and the selection solid casts as well.
    I didn’t heard for Reign and Blink casts.

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