Pilot News: Alana De La Garza, Gabourey Sidibe, American Dreams Dad Among Latest Castings

86th Annual Academy Awards - ArrivalsLaw & Order alum Alana de la Garza, Oscar nominee/former Coven member Gabourey Sidibe and American Dreams dad/Scandal director Tom Verica are among the latest actors to book pilots this winter.

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Per our sister site Deadline

* De la Garza has landed the female lead in ABC’s Forever, playing Jo Martinez, a recently widowed NYPD homicide detective who is impressed and intrigued by the insights of medical examiner Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd), who, unbeknownst to anyone, studies the dead because he is immortal.

* Sidibe has boarded Empire, Fox’s hip-hop drama from Lee Daniels, Danny Strong and Brian Graze, as the hard-working assistant to record mogul Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard).

* Verica has joined How To Get Away With Murder, ABC’s Shonda Rhimes-produced legal thriller about a criminal defense professor  Annalise DeWitt (Viola Davis), who becomes involved in a murder plot. Verica will play Annalise’s husband Tom, a psychology professor.

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  1. Kaycee says:

    Loved Sidibe in American Horror, she’s the best casting of this pilot so far.

  2. William says:

    The casting for Empire keeps getting better! I’m crossing my fingers for FOX to pick it up because the pilot sounds promising.

  3. herman1959 says:

    I can not wait to see How To Get Away With Murder; every day brings another great detail about the show. I only hope that this doesn’t mean that we are to lose Tom as a Scandal director. He Is responsible for some of the best episodes.

  4. Mika02 says:

    I’m excited to see How How to get away with Murder evolves it sound suspenseful wonder if they will be able to keep it up.

  5. JJ says:

    I love everything that Lee Daniels does! Gabourey Sidibe in Precious was something amazing (if you haven’t watched it, do it!) and I will definitely toon in for this.

  6. daviduter says:

    Its too bad the world will get shorted of Sibibe’s talent when she leaves us way too soon. No one that unhealthy is long for this world. Wish someone would get through to her.