Keke Palmer
Keke Palmer

Some TV casting news you can use (it’s that time of the year as network’s set their lineups for the 2017/2018 season)…

— Keke Palmer has booked a role in the upcoming second season of Epix’s political drama series “Berlin Station,” which is set at a CIA office investigating a whistleblower and centers on a new officer, Daniel Miller (played by Richard Armitage), who is attempting to suss out the source behind the leaks. Palmer has signed up to play April Lewis, described as “the newest and youngest case officer assigned to Berlin Station on her first field assignment after making her mark as an analyst at Langley. With a bracing combination of millennial intrepidity and old-fashioned sass, April brings a new-guard mentality often at odds with her old-guard colleagues in a system struggling to preserve its besieged identity. But she is determined to make her mark in Berlin, as she did back home at Headquarters.” Palmer joins a cast that also includes Rhys Ifans, Richard Jenkins, Michelle Forbes, Leland Orser and Tamlyn Tomita. Filming for the upcoming 10-epsiodes season 2 begins in April.

— Demetrius Grosse has joined Mike Vogel and Anne Heche in the cast of NBC’s military drama “For God and Country,” from writer Dean Georgaris, Keshet Studios and Universal TV. Written by Georgaris, the project is described as “a heart-pounding look into the complex world of our bravest military heroes who make personal sacrifices while executing the most challenging and dangerous missions behind enemy lines.” Grosse will play Juice, the third member of ISA Special Operations Group Unit 7. The team’s computer and communications expert and all-around tech badass, Juice is “a lethal MacGyver.”

— Erinn Westbrook has booked a series regular role opposite Debby Ryan in the CW’s drama pilot “Insatiable,” from former “Dexter” co-executive producer Lauren Gussis, Ryan Seacrest Productions, Storied Media Group and CBS TV Studios. Written/executive produced by Gussis, “Insatiable” focuses on Bob, a disgraced, dissatisfied civil lawyer-turned-beauty pageant coach who takes on Patty (Ryan), a vengeful, bullied teenager as his client, and has no idea what he’s about to unleash upon the world. Westbrook has signed up to play Azalea, described as “a stunning, smart, confident and manipulative beauty queen who hires Bob to be her pageant coach.”

— Lyric Lewis has been cast in NBC’s comedy pilot from Seth Meyers, Mike O’Brien and Broadway Video. Written by O’Brien, the untitled project centers on a cynical Ivy League professor who loses out on his dream job and goes to work as a high school biology teacher, where he imposes his unorthodox teaching style and uses the kids to plot out revenge on those who wronged him. Lewis will play Stef, a teacher at the high school.

— Kamal Angelo Bolden has joined the cast of Dick Wolf’s NBC series “Chicago Fire.” He will appear in the remaining episodes of the drama’s current fifth season as a recurring guest star, with an option to become a regular in Season 6, if it’s renewed, which is fully expected. Bolden will play Kannell, a “charismatic, magnetic, fun-loving, positive, loyal firefighter with a million-dollar smile. He is the guy you want beside you in a burning building and sitting next to you cracking jokes at the bar.”

— Vondie Curtis-Hall and Regé-Jean Page have joined the cast of ABC’s untitled legal drama pilot from Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers’ Shondaland and ABC Studios. Written by “Scandal‘s” Paul William Davies and directed by Tom Verica, the legal drama, set in the Southern District of New York (SDNY) Federal Court, aka “The Mother Court,” follows brand-new lawyers working for both the defense and the prosecution as they handle the most high-profile and high-stakes cases in the country – all as their personal lives intersect. Hall will play Chief Judge William, described as “intelligent, eloquent, formidable, seasoned, and fair.” Judge Byrne is the chief judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, who welcomes and swears in the newly minted prosecutors and public defenders. Page will play Leonard, described as “arrogant, animated, with considerable swagger, a bit of an asshole, intelligent, wants to win.” Leonard is a new prosecutor taking his first case at the prestigious United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

— Antwon Tanner has booked a recurring role in Epix’s 10-episode “Get Shorty” original series from MGM TV, based on Elmore Leonard’s 1990 bestselling novel, which was also adapted for the big screen in 1996. It tells the story of Miles Daly (Chris O’Dowd) who works as muscle for a murderous crime ring in Nevada and attempts to change professions and become a movie producer, laundering money through a Hollywood film. Ray Romano stars as Rick, a washed up producer of low quality films who becomes Miles’ partner and guide through the maze of Hollywood. Tanner has signed up to play Lyle, a mid-level lieutenant in Josias Ramos’ Northern Nevada crime ring. He has a quick wit about him, rocks gold teeth, and favors his sawed-off shotgun over a pistol. Lyle is a prominent soldier in the gang war unfolding between Josias and Amara, arranging sit downs and even carrying out hits. He clashes frequently with Yago, who has a similar position of power in Amara’s crew.

— And finally, Charlie Barnett has booked a series-regular role in The CW’s military drama/conspiracy thriller pilot, “Valor,” written by writer-musician Kyle Jarrow and directed by Michael Robin. The project is set on a U.S. Army base that houses an elite unit of helicopter pilots trained to perform clandestine international and domestic missions. Barnett will play Ian, a West Point graduate who works as a Special Ops intelligence officer.

That’s all for now!