There’s been some interesting developments in television casting this week, but none of casting decisions rise to the level of their own post. So, here we’ll knock out 5 casting decisions all at once:
1. According to Deadline, David Costabile, who you may know best as Gale Boetticher from Breaking Bad, is returning to AMC to star in their pilot, Low Winter Sun, along wiht Lennie James, Mark Strong, and Sprague Grayden. An adaptation of a British miniseries, Low Winter Sun “will explore vengeance and corruption through the lens of a cop murdering a fellow officer.” I might also mention that Costabile is doing a kick-ass job in USA Network’s Suits this season. I’ve seen tonight’s season finale, and it’s fantastic, featuring another solid turn from Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman).
2. Also according to Deadline, Maulik Pancholy has been “let go” (fired?) from Whitney, which allows him to return to 30 Rock, where he will continue to serve as Jack Donaghy’s assistant, Jonathan. He has a real name? He’ll always be “Jonathan” to me. Anyway, that’s gotta be considered a career upgrade, notwithstanding the loss of screen time.
3. I’ve seen Chloe Sevigny in person once before, and my God, she’s tiny, like a little, itty-bitty bird. And like a lot of emaciated Hollywood starlets, her head looks like it’s about to wobble off her frail frame. It freaked me out; I kept wanting to go over and offer to help hold her head up. Moving on: Sevigny has been added to the cast of Portlandia for its third season. According to EW, she’ll play a Portlandite who moves in with Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s characters. (Sevigny is also in the second season of American Horror Story, where she’ll play a nymphomaniac.
4. Rob Huebel from Children’s Hospital, and the FilmDrunk Frotcast — will appear on NBC’s Up All Night next season, as an annoying college roommate of Will Arnett’s character, so reports TV Guide. Rachel Dratch and Sean Hayes will also appear this seaosn. If you haven’t heard, this season will shift away from the talk show of Maya Rudolph’s character and focus, instead, on home stories, which is the strength of the sitcom.
5. Via the Game of Thrones blog, Winter Is Coming, Ed Skrein and Jacob Anderson have joined the cast of Game of Thrones as Daario Naharis — the charming and brutal captain of a mercenary company of soldiers called the Stormcrows — and Grey Worm — the leader of a group of eunuch slave soldiers — respectively. I have no idea who these guys are, nor do I know anything about their characters. But, maybe you can draw some assumptions based on their pictures.
They’ll be joining the spectacular Ciarán Hinds, who will play Mance Rayder, a former wilding child who joined the ranks of the Night’s Watch.