This week in television, several series made major casting announcements bringing back familiar faces to the small screen, and one recently renewed show is looking to cast its biggest role yet. Find out who’s going where in this week’s TV news roundup:
Gillian Anderson is following up her return to The X-Files with a role in Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. Starz, the network behind the series, announced that Anderson will play the role of Media, “mouthpiece for the New Gods, functioning as their public face and sales representative by taking the form of various iconic celebrities.”
The role reunites her with Bryan Fuller, with whom Anderson worked on another literary adaptation, NBC’s Hannibal. Fuller serves as co-creator and executive producer on American Gods, which does not yet have a premiere date but is expected to bow on Starz sometime later this year.
Shemar Moore’s replacement on Criminal Minds will be Adam Rodriguez. CBS made public that the CSI: Miami veteran has joined the cast of Criminal Minds as a regular for this fall’s Season 12. His so far unnamed character comes to the Behavioral Analysis Unit team from the Fugitive Task Force.
Rodriguez played Eric Delko on CBS’s CSI: Miami for eleven seasons. He’s the second actor that the network has repurposed from a regular role on one of their past shows to join Criminal Minds, following Jennifer Love Hewitt – who starred in Ghost Whisperer before she was a regular on CM as Kate Callahan. Hewitt left the series after just one season.
CBS network sibling Showtime has hired Niecy Nash and Betty Gilpin for recurring parts in Season 4 of Masters of Sex, which begins in September. Nash (The Soul Man) will portray Louise Bell, who oversees William Masters’ (Michael Sheen) court-ordered Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
Gilpin (Showtime’s Nurse Jackie) is then set as Masters’ new business partner Nancy, a fellow doctor who studied under his friend Barton Scully (Beau Bridges). It’s not known how many episodes either actress will appear in or when they’ll make their first appearances.
Last but not least, Supergirl has made a major announcement as it moves from CBS to sister network The CW. The show is looking for someone to play Superman at the start of the show’s second season.
Fans will recall that Tom Welling played Clark Kent/Superman for The CW in Smallville opposite Laura Vandervoort as Supergirl. Might Welling be persuaded to reprise his role for the first two episodes of Supergirl Season 2? Or will the show recast the part, much like how Justin Hartley portrayed Green Arrow on Smallville before Stephen Amell starred in Arrow?
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