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‘Will & Grace’ Inches Toward Finalized Supporting Cast

Stay in the loop on industry and casting news with our write-up on who’s been slated for recent film and television roles! “Will & Grace”Get ready to “Oh, honey” the heck out of your friends à la Karen Walker—“Will & Grace” is sashaying back onto network TV. It’s been an entire decade since the show said goodbye to audiences, but leave it to the nostalgia-laden climate of today’s television fans to want to hang with their New York friends again. Word on the streets of Hollywood suggests that the revival will ignore the original finale in favor of having the characters all together once again. While there’s no exact breakdown of what will happen on the new NBC run, fans can expect the same sharp wit the original is famous for. Like most revivals, its success depends on how many originating cast members sign on to participate,
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4 Pieces of Must-Know Casting News

What does Mo Collins’ Lorraine, Michael McDonald’s Stewart, and Alex Borstein’s Ms. Swan have in common? They’re all iconic characters hatched from the sketch show “Mad TV.” The comedy series, which ended its run in 2009, is getting the nostalgia revival treatment by the CW. The show, a prerecorded production similar to “Saturday Night Live,” jump-started the careers of a handful of unknown comics and created iconic bits with beloved characters. The revival comes hot on the heels of a 20th anniversary reunion special that reunited many of the series’ familiar faces. The new series, which will feature a brand-new cast, will go into production at the start of July. Los Angeles, like the original series, will be the production’s home base. Tasked with finding the new generation of funny are Julie Ashton and her team. The masterminds over at Walt Disney Studios are gearing up for
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‘Transparent,’ ‘Empire’ Lead Casting Society of America’s Artios Awards Nominations

Transparent” and “Empire” lead the first-round nominees for the Casting Society of America’s 31st annual Artios Awards.

The Amazon comedy and Fox drama each scored two nominations. The noms announced Friday morning covered TV, theater, Web series and short film.

Transparent’s” casting director Edye Belasco received noms in both the TV pilot comedy and TV comedy series categories. “Empire’s” trio of Leah Daniels Butler, Claire Simon and Shelby Cherniet were nominated for TV pilot drama, while Butler and Simon were also recognized in the TV drama series field.

The TV comedy series category also includes “Orange Is the New Black,” “Veep,” “Silicon Valley” and “Episodes,” while the TV drama series contenders are “Game of Thrones,” “House of Cards,” “The Good Wife” and “Bloodline.”

In the TV movie or miniseries category, the nominees are “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” “Olive Kitteridge,” “Wayward Pines,” “Wolf Hall” and “The Slap.
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Casting Society of America to Honor Rob Marshall, Ellen Lewis

Casting Society of America to Honor Rob Marshall, Ellen Lewis
Rob Marshall and Ellen Lewis will be honored at this year’s Artios Awards, the Casting Society of America has announced.

Marshall, who received award recognition for his direction of films “Chicago,” “Memoirs of a Geisha” and “Nine,” as well as his 1998 Broadway revival of “Cabaret,” will receive the New York Apple Award. It honors New Yorkers who have made significant contributions with casting directors.

Lewis will receive the Hoyt Bowers award, which recognizes unique spirit, ideals and creativity in casting. Lewis has casted movies such as “Goodfellas,” “Forrest Gump” and “The Wolf of Wall Street,” and is known for her work with Martin Scorsese.

“Marshall and Lewis have defined excellence in their respective fields, and each has played a vital role in the advancement of the casting industry,” said Richard Hicks, president of the Casting Society of America. “Throughout their careers, the honorees and nominees have been instrumental in
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Casting Society of America to Honor Rob Marshall, Ellen Lewis

Casting Society of America to Honor Rob Marshall, Ellen Lewis
Rob Marshall and Ellen Lewis will be honored at this year’s Artios Awards, the Casting Society of America has announced.

Marshall, who received award recognition for his direction of films “Chicago,” “Memoirs of a Geisha” and “Nine,” as well as his 1998 Broadway revival of “Cabaret,” will receive the New York Apple Award. It honors New Yorkers who have made significant contributions with casting directors.

Lewis will receive the Hoyt Bowers award, which recognizes unique spirit, ideals and creativity in casting. Lewis has casted movies such as “Goodfellas,” “Forrest Gump” and “The Wolf of Wall Street,” and is known for her work with Martin Scorsese.

“Marshall and Lewis have defined excellence in their respective fields, and each has played a vital role in the advancement of the casting industry,” said Richard Hicks, president of the Casting Society of America. “Throughout their careers, the honorees and nominees have been instrumental in
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Casting Society to honor 'Into the Woods' director Rob Marshall at Artios Awards

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Casting Society to honor 'Into the Woods' director Rob Marshall at Artios Awards
While the Oscars have yet to make room for casting directors — a pivotal part of the Best Picture equation — the oversight isn't stopping the Casting Society of America from readying its third decade of picking up the Academy's slack. Csa announced Monday morning that the 30th Annual Artios Awards will honor Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning director Rob Marshall and Emmy Award-winning casting director Ellen Lewis for their individual work in the world of casting. The news arrives with nominations in categories of television, theater, new media and short film, and on the heels of the ceremony's move from November to Jan. 22, the thick of the awards season. Feature film nominations will be announced closer to the show date. Marshall, whose adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods" bows Dec. 25, will receive the New York Apple Award, "recognizing individuals who have made special contributions to the New York entertainment
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Tad Quill and John Leguizamo Pilots Get CDs

A slate of new comedy pilots, including John Leguizamo’s project at CBS, have casting directors attached, Backstage has learned. Leguizamo’s untitled project with “Family Guy” producer Chris Sheridan will look at the comedian’s life on the Upper West Side and how it contrasts with his roots in the Bronx. The ABC pilot is being cast by Alexis Koczara and Christine Shevchenko. It’s set to shoot in April. CBS’s untitled Tad Quill project will be cast by Julie Ashton. The pilot centers on a recently widowed father of a preteen son who tries to start dating again. It shoots in April. “Jacked Up,” a CBS comedy pilot about a beloved baseball player (“Rules of Engagement” star Patrick Warburton) who has trouble filling his days post-retirement, will be cast by Tracy Lilienfield. It shoots in March. Lilienfield is also casting “Ground Floor” for TBS, a multi-camera comedy
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Looking for 'Super Fun' Actors

Actors looking for a good time should call Tim Payne and Lisa Ystrom. The duo at Payne/Ystrom Casting in Toluca Lake are the CDs for the new ABC pilot “Super Fun Night.” The show was originally set to be a multi-camera sitcom developed for CBS and been cast by Julie Ashton. It didn’t make the cut, though, and instead found new life in a single-camera format at ABC. The plot revolves around three friends, including Rebel Wilson (pictured) of “Bridesmaids” fame, who make a weekly Friday-night appointment to have the best-ever night on the town. It’s being produced by Conan O’Brien with John Riggi signed on as showrunner. It starts shooting in November. Another comedy set to shoot in November is Nick at Nite’s “Instant Mom,” which will be cast by Vickie Thomas. The plot centers on a 20-something party girl—set to be Tia Mowry
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Julie Ashton Picks Up Two (More) Pilots

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Julie Ashton is having a very busy pilot season. It's unsurprising, since she's pretty much busy all the time, as the casting director of USA's "Psych," Fox's "Bob's Burger," Disney Xd's "Kickin' It," and CBS' "2 Broke Girls" as well as the occasional film project.This week she picked up two more pilots, both CBS comedies. The first is currently titled "Partners," and it focuses on the relationship between two business partners, one straight and one gay. The other is untitled, but it hails from writer/executive producers Greg Malins and Mark Berlanti. It's also about a pair of business partners, both of whom are straight, one of whom is male, and after a health scare he realizes that he's in love with his longtime (female) friend and business associate. Both pilots are set to shoot in late March. These projects are in addition to the two other pilots she's doing: Fox's.
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A Candid Conversation with Psych Creator Steve Franks

As if the sixth season premier of Psych is not enough to get everyone excited, in a recent conference call with press, creator and executive producer Steve Franks provided a bit more insight into his dream Psych episodes and what he hopes for in the (cross-your fingers!) show’s seventh season.

James Roday alluded to the seasonal finale of Season 6 as having a big cliffhanger. If the series is not picked up for Season 7, would you conclude the show with a movie or something like that?

Steve: It was sort of a natural. When we’re finishing up the season finale, we had something big planned that we didn’t think work well enough and something we sort of saved. And as we looked at the way the story is developing, along the course we found like a really, really cool cliffhanger, and we ended up shooting that as our finale.
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New Fall Shows

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Allen Gregory (Animation, Fox) A child prodigy has trouble fitting in because of his remarkably adult sensibilities. Casting: Julie Ashton Casting, 6253 Hollywood Blvd., Ste. 505, L.A., CA 90028. Premieres Oct. 30.A Gifted Man (Drama, CBS) A top surgeon's ex-wife dies and dispenses advice from the afterlife. Casting: Bernie Telsey, Telsey + Company, 311 W. 43rd St., 10th Fl., New York, NY 10036. Premieres Sept. 23.Grimm (Drama, NBC) A crime drama set in a world where the creatures and characters from Grimms' fairy tales aren't just, well, fairy tales. Casting: Marlo Tiede and Donna Rosenstein, 800 S. Main St., Ste. 202, Burbank, CA 91506. Premieres Oct. 21. Hart of Dixie (Drama, The CW) An ambitious, young aspiring surgeon must put her aspirations aside after she inherits a small-town medical practice. Casting: Molly Lopata Casting, 13731 Ventura Blvd., Ste. A, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423. Premieres Sept. 26.How to Be a Gentleman...
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Beth Behrs, "2 Broke Girls"

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Where you've seen her: A 2008 graduate of UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television, Behrs has appeared in "American Pie Presents: The Book of Love" and guest-starred on "Castle" and "NCIS: Los Angeles." However, she says it was the Funny or Die videos she and a friend from UCLA made that helped her land the role in CBS's "2 Broke Girls." "I know the casting director saw those before I went in," she says, referring to Julie Ashton. "Nowadays you have to create your own content. Know who you are as an actor, what your type is, and what you're good at, and then get friends together and create. Those videos gave me a lot of opportunities."Now playing: Behrs stars with Kat Dennings ("Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist," "Thor") in "2 Broke Girls," a sitcom created by Michael Patrick King ("Sex and the City") and comedian Whitney Cummings about...
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New Casting Directors

Lisa Soltau was living in Seattle when her friend Bonnie Gillespie sent her a book she had written called "Casting Qs," a compilation of interviews with casting directors. "I read it and I absolutely loved all the aspects of the job," says Soltau. "I loved the entertainment industry and movies and television. The process of casting sounded wonderful."She called one of the two casting offices in Seattle and ended up working as an intern there for about six months. But the CD told her she should move to New York or Los Angeles if she really wanted to pursue a career in casting. "I picked L.A. because I had lived there once for about three years and I thought it would be easier to acclimate there," Soltau says. "Plus I wanted to work on 'Six Feet Under,' which was airing at the time.
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