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Before the surprise announcement was made at New York Comic-Con that Clark Gregg would be reprising the fan-favorite role of Agent Phil Coulson in S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division) following his demise in The Avengers, we learned that there will be (at least) four new agents introduced in the pilot episode to round out the main cast.
Ming-Na Wen (Stargate Universe) signed first, later joined by Elizabeth Henstridge (Shelter) and Ian De Caestecker (The Fades), and today we can add Brett Dalton (Killing Lincoln) to the roster, filling out the roster of characters we learned about previously.
- Rob Keyes
We’re getting a clearer picture of what TV’s S.H.I.E.L.D. is shaping up to be. That picture now includes actors Elizabeth Henstridge and Iain De Caestecker and their young, fresh faces. The prospect of a Marvel flavored TV adaptation is still intensely exciting to me. With a name like Joss Whedon behind the series, I’d say there’s a good chance it won’t get flubbed up, either.
So, the ABC Studios project will revolve around the Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistic Directorate, or S.H.I.E.L.D., which is the military law-enforcement agency expected to police super heroes.
Actress Elizabeth Henstridge will play a science genius by the name of Agent Gemma Simmons, THR revealed. She’s joined by Iain De Caestecker, who is all geared up to portray Agent Leo Fitz. Fitz is your techie type,probably not unlike Q from the James Bond series.
Apparently the two, which »
- Sasha Nova
The much-anticipated project, which centers on superspy operation established in the Marvel universe, received a pilot order from ABC back in August.
THR first reported the casting.
- Sandra Gonzalez
Clark Gregg was the brilliant first announcement to be joining the pilot, swiftly followed by Ming-Na, and now THR report that two new agents have been found, in the form of Elizabeth Henstridge and Iain De Caestecker.
“Henstridge will play science whiz Agent Gemma Simmons, while De Caestecker will play Agent Leo Fitz, a technology guru. The duo spend all their time together – mostly bickering – and are masters of their respective fields at a remarkably young age.”
I was rather hoping that De Caestecker’s role might go to Fran Kranz, who was absolutely immense in a similar role on Dollhouse. But here’s to hoping that Kranz will return to work with Whedon on this in a different capacity.
Having taken The Avengers to record-breaking heights this year, Whedon »
- Kenji Lloyd
The pair will play bickering young prodigies Agent Gemma Simmons and Agent Leo Fitz -- a.k.a. "FitzSimmons" according to the series' casting breakdown. They join a growing ensemble that already boasts "ER" vet Ming-Na Wen and Clark Gregg, who reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulson from various Marvel movies including "The Avengers."
"S.H.I.E.L.D.," which is set up at ABC Studios, will tell stories from the same universe as Marvel's blockbuster films but specifics about the series are being closely guarded. "Avengers" director Whedon will also direct the pilot, which he co-wrote with brother Jed Whedon and sister-in-law Maurissa Tancharoen.
English actress Hannah New is set to co-star opposite Toby Stephens in Starz’s upcoming pirate drama series Black Sails, executive produced by Michael Bay. The eight-episode series, created by Jon Steinberg and Robert Levine, is set 20 years before the events in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island and chronicles the adventures of fabled buccaneer Captain Flint (Stephens) and his men. New, repped by Ifa, UK’s Cam and attorney Lev Ginsburg, will play Eleanor, the beautiful, courageous and determined owner of a rowdy Open Nassau saloon who wields considerable influence in her dual roles as fence/supplier and party host. New starred in the CW pilot Shelter last year. Alimi Ballard (Numbers) and Alex Shaffer (Win Win) have joined the cast of TNT’s drama pilot Trooper. The Jerry Bruckheimer-produced project centers on Kj (Mira Sorvino), a recently divorced female state trooper who is as unconventional at work »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The Fall TV Season presentations for all the new network shows take place this week with the fifth and final one announced. Here's a full breakdown of which concepts have made the final list over on The CW.
With "Hart of Dixie" last season's sole surviving new show and "Gossip Girl" finishing up with a short final season this coming Fall, The CW is pushing hard on original content this season with five new shows ordered as opposed to the regular two or three. There's also a bunch of timeslot changes with "The Vampire Diaries" the sole show to have not changed its place on the network's schedule.
The additions have allowed the sub-35 skewering network to essentially have theme nights - prime-time soaps on Mondays, quirky medical dramas on Tuesdays, male-dominated genre action shows on Wednesdays, and female-oriented supernatural romancers on Thursdays.
The most notable change to the schedule »
- Garth Franklin
The Revolution will be televised.
Except for the characters on NBC’s new series Revolution, because they will have no electricity to watch TV after an apocalyptic disaster leaves America unplugged from all devices and machines. That’s right, there’s no cars, no cell phones, no Internet, no…actually, that sounds like it could be pretty relaxing.
But we’re sure being stripped of technology will have some serious consequences for the show’s characters, who will be played by costars like Billy Burke (Twilight), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad) and Andrea Roth (Ringer). Sci-fi wunderkin J.J. Abrams (Lost) and »
- James Hibberd
Tonight we say goodbye to "One Tree Hill" after nine years on the air, but the cast and crew said goodbye in mid-November when picture wrapped on the 187th episode in Wilmington, Nc. Now, over four months later, creator Mark Schwahn and the cast we've come to think of as friends have moved on to new projects.
We realize that emotions are still raw right now, but when you're ready -- here's where you can find those familiar faces.
Mark Schwahn: Schwahn is currently back in North Carolina overseeing production on his pilot, "Shelter," which is a contender for The CW's Fall 2012 schedule. The pilot, which he's executive producing with J.J. Abrams, will certainly appeal to "One Tree Hill" fans -- it's an old-school WB feel, an undeniable earnestness, and the same themes of hope and friendship that we saw on Oth.
James Lafferty: "I'm waiting for a »
While every other pilot project had found its leading men and women, the CW’s drama pilot Shelter (from the minds of J.J. Abrams and Once Tree Hill creator Mark Schwahn) was still struggling to find the right man and woman to help bring this show to life. All worries can now be set aside. Zachary Able (Make It Or Break It) and Malese Jow (The Vampire Diaries) have both been cast. I bet the producers breathed a big sigh of relief when they finally made the decision to hire these two. To be the last pilot to find its leads seems like a stressful situation to be in. After all, you can’t film the show until you have stars!
Deadline confirmed the casting of Abel and Jow for the Warner Bros. TV produced pilot. »
- Brody Gibson
According to Deadline, Zachary Abel will play the lead on Shelter, an upcoming drama from Mark Schwahn and J.J. Abrams that focuses on life at an historic New England summer resort. The actor is set to portray Mitchell Taylor, a local baseball star-turned-concierge.
Malese Jow, meanwhile, will portray a party girl in town.
- email@example.com (TV Fanatic Staff)
The CW's "Shelter" pilot is rounding out its cast. As if we didn't already love the script enough, executive producers J.J. Abrams and Mark Schwahn have now chosen Malese Jow -- one of our favorites -- to play Morgan, a 22-year-old "party girl" type who works at the Shelter Bay Inn.
Best known for her role as teen vampire Anna on "Vampire Diaries" and Lucy on Nickelodeon's "Big Time Rush," this role is definitely a more adult turn for Jow. Let's just say Morgan's reputation for promiscuity isn't exactly unfounded. Homegirl likes to spread the wealth.
"Shelter" is shooting in North Carolina. The casting was first reported by Deadline. »
From executive producers Mark Schwahn and J.J. Abrams, the project centers on the staff and guests at an historic New England summer resort, Shelter Bay Inn. Not unlike both EPs’ previous primetime soaps (One Tree Hill and Felicity, respectively), Shelter will navigate friendships, rivalries and romances.
Abel has been cast as leading man Mitchell Taylor, a hopelessly romantic former local baseball hero who now mans the concierge desk at the inn, our sister site Deadline reports. »
- Megan Masters
Zachary Abel has been cast in the lead role for Jj Abrams and Mark Schwahn's new drama pilot Shelter. The CW pilot follows the lives of the staff and guests of the historic New England summer resort Shelter Bay. Abel will play Mitchell Taylor, a hopelessly romantic 23-year-old who was once his hometown's baseball hero, reports Deadline. Taylor now works at the Shelter Bay Inn at the concierge desk. Shelter will (more) »
- By Kristina Bustos
The CW pilot Shelter, a drama from J.J. Abrams and One Tree Hill’s Mark Schwahn set at an historic New England summer resort called Shelter Bay Inn, has added two more names to its growing cast. The network confirms that Malese Jow (pictured), who recurred on The Vampire Diaries as Anna, will play the resort’s resident party girl Morgan. Make It Or Break It’s Zachary Abel will star as former local baseball hero Mitchell Taylor, who now works the concierge desk and is a hopeless romantic. Deadline first reported the castings.
Shelter Bay’s other employees include »
- Mandi Bierly
Exclusive: After an extensive search, the last pilot lead this season has been cast. Zachary Abel (Make It Or Brake It) has landed the lead role in the CW’s Mark Schwahn/J.J. Abrams drama pilot Shelter. Also cast in the Warner Bros TV-produced pilot is Malese Jow (The Vampire Diaries). Shelter is set at historic New England summer resort Shelter Bay where the new and returning staff attend to the practical, emotional and often comical needs of the guests while navigating friendships, rivalries and romances of their own. Abel, repped by Apa and Caliber Media, will play the hopelessly romantic Mitchell Taylor, a 23-year-old former local baseball hero who now works the concierge desk at the Shelter Bay Inn. Jow, repped by Sweeney Entertainment and Todd Rubenstein, will play Morgan, Shelter Bay’s resident party girl. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Filming starts in just a few days, and The CW's "Shelter" pilot, from "One Tree Hill" scribe Mark Schwahn and J.J. Abrams, has finally found its lead. Zap2it has learned that Christopher Marrone has been cast as series lead Mitch Taylor, a 23-year-old athlete who comes home for the summer hoping to reconnect with the girl he's been pining after all year.
Marrone's acting reel is below. "Shelter" will be his first television project; though he's got a couple of shorts and bit roles under his belt. Schwahn and Abrams have thus far assembled a cast of relative unknowns -- an interesting choice given that The CW has tended toward experienced talent in casting its other pilots.
Also among the latest wave of pilot castings: a Vampire Diaries alum returns to The CW, Notorious adds a Breakout Kings vet and more.
As for Leakes, she joins the project — which centers on a modern-day blended family of a gay couple and their surrogate — as the heavily recurring character, Rocky.
In other pilot news…
- Megan Masters
A former Real Housewives and a former fake superhero lead our latest pilot casting rundown...
NeNe Leakes (The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Glee) will team up again with Ryan Murphy on The New Normal, an NBC comedy about a gay couple and their surrogate mother. If picked up, Leakes will play a recurring character named Rocky.
David Lyons (The Cape) has been cast in the new drama from Jj Abrams and Eric Kripke NBC drama pilot. The actor will play one of the survivors in a world where all types of energy have mysteriously ceased to exist.
Erik Palladino will reside in 666 Park Avenue on ABC as the recurring character of Tony Demeo.
Trent Ford (The Vampire Diaries) will take Shelter on The CW. This drama will be set at a historic New England summer resort and Ford will portray Tyler Green, a former British rock star staying in the penthouse. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Richenthal)
Trent Ford has joined the cast of Jj Abrams pilot Shelter. The CW drama will focus on the staff of a New England summer resort as they tend to the needs of their guests, while also navigating their own friendships and romances. Vampire Diaries actor Ford has been cast as British rock star Tyler Green, reports Deadline. His past credits include roles on The West Wing, The Class and 90210. Hollyoaks actress Elizabeth (more) »
- By Morgan Jeffery
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