Cancelled Casting News for January 28, 2012

cancelled casting Kevin Weisman and Bebe NeuwirthIt’s a sad day when our favorite TV shows get cancelled but the actors and actresses who populate those TV shows often end up on other programs. It’s what we like to call “cancelled casting.” Here’s where you’ll be able to find a bunch of TV show veterans:

Alias co-star Kevin Weisman will have a recurring role in NBC’s new Awake series. He’ll play a mysterious character called Mr. Blonde who haunts Detective Britton (Jason Isaacs) in both of his parallel worlds. The character apparently has information about the car accident that changed Britton’s life. Awake will debut sometime in the spring.

Beatrice “Bebe” Neuwirth, the actress who played Doctor Frasier Crane’s ex-wife Lilith, is coming to The Good Wife in a recurring role. On the CBS drama, Neuwirth will play Judge Friend, “a sexy woman with a stern manner and little patience for joking around.” No word on when she’ll first appear.

Azura Skye (Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane) will be guest-starring on an upcoming episode of Grimm, as the mild-mannered owner of a bed and breakfast. She also happens to be a Seltenvogel — an extremely rare bird-like creature. Nick (David Giuntoli) helps her escape her abusive husband. The episode is expected to air in the spring.

V’s Morena Baccarin will also be visiting The Good Wife for a guest shot. She’ll play an executive event planner at a large corporation who accuses Colin Sweeney (returning guest Dylan Baker) of sexual harassment. Baccarin’s installment is slated to air in early March.

Colin Hanks (The Good Guys) is taking on his toughest role yet. He’ll be playing Colin Hanks, the new celebrity friend of Dave (Zachary Knighton) on Happy Endings. It seems that Dave’s Steak Me Home Tonight truck becomes a Chicago hotspot with designer drinks. Hanks recently filmed the role and it will air on ABC later this season.

Summer Glau (Dollhouse), who recently booked a role on Grimm, is coming to Grey’s Anatomy next. There’s no word on what role she’ll be playing but Glau will appear in the 16th episode of the season which is expected to air on February 23rd.

Justin Hartley won’t be a part of The CW’s new Green Arrow pilot but the former Smallville hero is coming to Hart of Dixie. He’ll play Jesse, a charming southern boy and war hero who may end up being Zoe’s love interest. The episode will air in the spring. Hartley recently appeared on ABC’s Castle.

Pushing Daisies’ Kristin Chenoweth is one of the stars of ABC’s new GCB series but she still found time to film an episode of TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland. According to executive producer Sean Hayes (Will & Grace), Chenoweth will play a Los Angeles friend who comes to stay with the ladies after she breaks up with her longtime boyfriend, a Beverly Hills dermatologist. The episode will air in May.

George Stults (7th Heaven) has been signed to play the brother of his real-life sibling, Geoff Stults, on The Finder. The character is a musician and comes to tell Walter that their father is dying and wants him to find their mother before he goes to the great beyond. The episode will air in late March. On 7th Heaven, Geoff and George also played brothers — Ben and Kevin Kinkirk.

Law & Order’s Courtney B. Vance is heading back to the courtroom as the high-powered divorce attorney for Victoria (Madeline Stowe) on ABC’s Revenge. He’s a no-nonsense guy who takes control of all aspects his client’s situation. Victoria certainly wastes no time getting back into the swing of things. Rome’s James Purefoy has been cast as the other half of a very passionate love affair. He’ll pop up in late February.

What do you think? Are you looking forward to seeing any of these actors in their new roles? Who do you consider the most talented performer among them?

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  1. Bethany says

    I like most all of the roles mentioned. I watch almost all of the shows as well. I think Hartley will be a great match for Heart of Dixie. I Love that show, and the way they are able to add characters without ******** up the whole show is amazing to me. I never even watched CW for several years because there was no reason to tune in, but now I am watching it more than ever. WTG casting such talent, and continueing to do it.

    I love Grimm, and seeing who is going to play some of the creatures just makes me more excited to watch. I see that Kat thinks it pigeon-holes the character by making a bird creature be an abused spouse, but I don’t think so. I think it just goes to show that anyone can be abused. (I have yet to see what sort of bird creature she is, she could be an eagle or some other bird of prey for all we know, and so could her husband for that matter) I look forward to seeing what they do with that.

    I think it is so funny that whenever one Stults brother is on a show, his twin gets to play along side him from time to time as well. I was wondering if they were going to do that again. Personally, when I see one, I always look for the other to show up sooner or later, and I look forward to it happening. The show is great, and now I am on the lookout for the books that it is based on. I love the books they based Bones on, and think this show will prove to be the same.

  2. Kat says

    The description for Kevin Weisman’s character on Awake makes me glad I’m not going to watch that show. Can’t Detective Britton just be crazy, with the real mystery being figuring out which of the two worlds is real, following a senseless tragedy that has no special meaning or significance? That’s much more interesting than yet another convoluted sci-fi conspiracy. Sci-fi’s my favorite genre, but the whole giant conspiracy thing’s been overdone already so often lately (such as on The Event). Sometimes a simplier and more human story is better, which is what I thought Awake was going to be, a show about the pain of one man after a horrible accident. Or perhaps Mr. Blonde is a figment of his imagination, a sign that he’s truly losing his mind. That would be interesting.

    Azura Skye’s role on Grimm sounds interesting, even if it is pigeonholing (heh) birds as delicate creatures with that whole abusive husband thing. Sadly, not even Summer Glau could get me to watch Grey’s (though it’d be great to see their different acting styles cross paths) nor is Justin Hartley enough to get me to watch Hart of Dixie. I think it’s great when they get real-life siblings to play siblings on TV; the chemistry is usually fun. As a side note, WOW I guess we know who got the looks in that family!

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