TVLine Items: Americans Vet Joins Tyrant, Hairspray Casting Call and More

Annet Mahendru Tyrant

When one door closes at FX, another opens for Annet Mahendru.

The Americans actress — whose Russian spy Nina Krilova was (Spoiler alert!) executed in the April 6 episode — has been cast in Tyrant‘s upcoming third season.

Mahendru will recur as Nafisa Al-Qadi, the wife of Ma’an’s spiritual and political leader, Sheik Al-Qadi. Nafisa is more politically strict than her husband, and she also happens to be the sister of a high-ranking Caliphate sympathizer.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* NBC’s Hairspray Live! is holding an open casting call for the lead role of Tracy Turnblad. Auditions will be held Sunday, April 24, from 10 am to 2 pm at Telsey + Company in New York City. Casting directors seek a female, 18 or older, to play high school age. She must be heavyset, outgoing and have a love for dance.

* Syndicated daytime talk show The Real has been renewed through 2018, our sister site Deadline reports.

* Nathan Darrow (House of Cards) and Scott Lawrence (JAG) have joined the fourth and final season of Sundance’s Rectify. They will respectively play Billy, an old classmate of Amantha’s who helps her reconnect with her youth, and Avery, the leader of Daniel’s halfway house who uses compassion and tough love to guide his group of ex-offenders.