TVLine Items: Tomorrow People Adds Downton Fave, Game of Thrones Recast and More!

Dan Stevens The Tomorrow People CastDearly departed Downton Abbey fave Dan Stevens has been recruited by The Tomorrow People.

The actor — who opted to leave the hit PBS series last season — has joined The CW’s new fall drama, lending his voice to the series’ “biological computer,” TIM, reports.

The Tomorrow People premieres Oct. 9.

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• Jennifer Finnigan (Monday Mornings, Better With You) will star in the FX drama pilot Tyrant, Deadline reports. From Homeland EPs Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff and Six Feet Under‘s Craig Wright, the project follows an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation. Finnigan joins as the “strong, smart and idealistic” matriarch of said family.

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• Game of Thrones has recast the role of Gregor Clegane — aka Westeros warrior The Mountain — for a third time. Icelandic actor Hafthor Julius Bjornsson will portray the character in Season 4 of the fantastical HBO drama.

• Newcomer Alexander Dreymon has joined American Horror Story: Coven, Deadline reports, playing a handsome man who moves in next door to the New Orleans-set Academy.

• FX’s Guillermo del Toro/Carlton Cuse-helmed drama pilot The Strain has added Natalie Brown (Being Human). The actress replaces Lauren Lee Smith in the project, which revolves around the spread of a vampiric contagion.

• Starz’s upcoming historical drama Outlander has cast two key roles. Graham McTavish (24) will play Dougal MacKenzie and Gary Lewis (Merlin) will play Colum MacKenzie, the powerful uncles of Scottish warrior Jamie Fraser, who want their nephew to swear allegiance to their clan.

• The first guests on the new, syndicated late-night talker The Arsenio Hall Show will include Chris Tucker (on the Sept. 9 premiere), Scandal newbie Lisa Kudrow (Sept. 10), NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson (Sept. 11) and NCIS frontman Mark Harmon (Sept. 12).

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Comments (21)

  • I can totally see Dan Stevens giving great “computer voice,” and thankfully it should leave him with plenty of time to work on other projects as well.

    Comment by wordsmith – September 4, 2013 12:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s sad to see Dan Stevens not coming back to Downton Abbey anymore even though his character bit the dust in some sort of car crash but he’s happy for his new gig on The Tomorrow People when it debuts on October 9th. Don’t know how his intriguing new character is going to fare and meeting the always “handsome” Robbie Amell (like him in True Jackson VP on Nickelodeon).

    Comment by Jack Bauer 2.0 – September 4, 2013 12:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • At least Bjornsson looks like the Mountain! I loved the guy they had first season who chopped the horse, but the second Mountain was way too slim looking. Combined with his enormous height it made him look like a scarecrow. Glad they decided to grab someone else.

    Comment by DL – September 4, 2013 12:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think that they should just continue to recast this part every season that he appears in. No one likes the Mountain, so no one is too attached to the actor.

      Comment by Alice – September 4, 2013 01:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • It’ll be like their version of the Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher…

        Comment by Topaz – September 5, 2013 07:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • ^^THIS! Hahahha, I love it when two universes I love can meld together.

          Comment by Cory – September 5, 2013 10:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Lauren Lee Smith is great! It’s such a shame she was recast, do you know why?

    Comment by Cherry – September 4, 2013 01:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh wow, AHS:C lands its second confirmed male

    Comment by Bryce Alexander – September 4, 2013 01:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Evan Peters. Denis O’Hare. The ‘Will & Grace’ guy….

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – September 4, 2013 02:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Lol. Dan Stevens. I lose respect for actors who abandon their fans and the show that made them famous; reeks of entitlement. Glad to see he’s attached himself to the surely-to-be-cancelled Tomorrow People

    Comment by liz – September 4, 2013 02:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Reeks of entitlement? What, unlike those fans who think sitting in front of a TV for an hour every week it gives them the right to condemn someone they don’t know for their career choices?

      Comment by Topaz – September 4, 2013 05:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • As one of many viewers who helped *give* him these career opportunities, yes, I think I have the right to be upset about his lack of loyalty to the people (viewers and creators alike) who gave him the chance for these new career choices. If he didn’t do Downton Abbey, he would still be a relative unknown actor. And suddenly he’s popular and turning around saying, ‘thanks, but I can do better’. Leaves a nasty taste.

        Comment by liz – September 4, 2013 06:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • He got the part because of talent, and because of years of training and hard work. No one cast him out of the kindness of their hearts. They cast him because they thought it would be good for their show and their careers. No one watched him as an act of charity. They watched him because they found the show entertaining and it gave them pleasure. This is not a one way street. If you care, it’s because he did the job he trained for well. That was all he ever owed us or anyone else professionally – to do the job he was paid to do as well as he could. Which he did. And that’s where his obligation, or any actor’s obligation, begins and ends. He’s perfectly entitled to do whatever satisfies him in his career, the same as anyone else.

          I didn’t lose my rag when my favourite teacher moved to another school to become a head of department. I was devastated, but I didn’t suddenly start whinging that he had no right to say “you know what, it’s time to move on.” Why the heck shouldn’t he? That’s his call, his life.

          Rob James Collier had a part on one of the highest rated TV shows in the UK (Coronation Street) before he went on Downton, and he quit that show after a year, even though he’d won awards, because he didn’t want to be typecast either. And how lucky we are he made that decision, because he’s brilliant as Thomas. That’s just business.

          Comment by Topaz – September 4, 2013 08:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • PREACH

            Comment by cjeffery7 – September 4, 2013 08:56 PM PDT  
          • Excellent post Topaz.

            Comment by Marc – September 5, 2013 05:40 AM PDT  
          • And he’s the only actor in a high-profile role I’ve ever seen to disparage his job, discount his cast and belittle the show that employed him on his way out the door — and months later, continue to deny any responsibility for how he left, placing it all on the show. Matt Smith, Sandra Oh, and any other number of actors leaving high-profile roles have been gracious on their way out. But I’ve never seen an actor spit in the face of fans of a show that made him famous like Dan Stevens did. Casting directors, take note: if he did it to one show, he’ll do it to another.

            Comment by Pixley – September 5, 2013 11:50 AM PDT  
  • It’s good to know that TIM will be a part of The CW’s The Tomorrow People.

    Comment by Sheldon W. – September 4, 2013 03:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am so looking forward to the Arrow /Tomorrow People pairing. Can’t wait for both premieres!

    Comment by Jared – September 4, 2013 06:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • the Mountain has been RECAST for the 2nd time. It’s the THIRD actor to be playing him which means the act of recasting happened for a 2nd time.
    btw. and while your at it: Tommen has been recast as well.

    Comment by Carda – September 5, 2013 12:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sure is a big comedown for Dan Stevens. High-end BBC show, popular worldwide, to the lowly CW, where the highest rated show only gets about 2 million viewers. How sad.

    Comment by Bob – September 5, 2013 09:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Probably still better paid than Downton Abbey though. Actors in the UK don’t make very much.

      Comment by Topaz – September 5, 2013 10:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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