Posted Tuesday 2/20/18 at 3:30PM EST
CBS casts Jay Hernandez as the new Magnum P.I.
CBS had been looking for a non-white actor to succeed Tom Selleck in the role of Thomas Magnum, and the network found him in the 40-year-old Hernandez, a Latino actor whose credits include stints on Nashville, Last Resort and, most recently, Scandal. Hernandez also starred on the Fox drama Gang Related in 2014. On the CBS pilot, Hernandez will play a decorated ex-Navy SEAL who uses his skills from serving in Afghanistan to work as a private investigator. According to Deadline, "landing Hernandez is a get for CBS as casting the role was challenging because the series is slated to film in Hawaii."
Katie Holmes signs on to play an FBI agent on a Fox drama pilot
Holmes will play FBI Special Agent Hazel Otis, whose career is left in shambles when her affair with a prominent general is exposed, resulting in her being dubbed "the mistress." The untitled pilot will follow her as she rebuilds her personal and professional life. The drama comes from Empire and The L Word veteran Ilene Chaiken and Rosewood co-executive producer Melissa Scrivner Love.
Bill Gates to visit The Big Bang Theory
The Microsoft founder will play himself on a March episode, appearing at a work function for Penny’s pharmaceutical company. ALSO: Remember when Sheldon said Bill Gates punched him in the face?
Lauren Cohan joins ABC pilot Whiskey Cavalier: Is she done with The Walking Dead?
Over the weekend, The Walking Dead showrunner Scott M. Gimple said he was "incredibly hopeful about" Cohan returning for Season 9 of the AMC series. “These things do happen in TV,” he told TV Line. “But we’re talking.” In the meantime, Cohan, one of the most popular actresses this pilot season, has signed on to co-star opposite Scott Foley on action-dramedy pilot Whiskey Cavalier, playing a fiery CIA operative opposite Foley's FBI agent. Her joining Whiskey Cavalier doesn't mean she's leaving The Walking Dead, since the pilot could still be rejected. Deadline also offers the possibility that Cohan could recur The Walking Dead for Season 9, even if she's attached to the ABC series.
CW's Charmed reboot taps Melonie Diaz to play lesbian sister
Diaz, who starred in Black Panther director Ryan Coogler's debut movie Fruitvale Station, will play Mel, “a passionate, outspoken activist who loses her way in the wake of family tragedy," in the pilot for Charmed.
Tiffany Haddish to voice an animated bird on Netflix's Tuca and Bertie, from the producers of BoJack Horseman
Haddish will play a cocky, care-free toucan named Tuca who interacts with anxious, daydreaming songbird Bertie in the animated comedy revolving around the friendship between two female birds. Tuca and Bertie is from BoJack Horseman creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg and two of his executive producers.
Mel Gibson teams with Chinatown writer Robert Towne on USA's Dancing Bear
Towne, who won an Oscar for writing Roman Polanski's famous 1974 film starring Jack Nicholson, is teaming with Gibson to bring late novelist James Crumley's hardboiled crime novel to the small screen. Even though Dancing Bear hasn't been greenlighted, Gibson is expected to direct the pilot script that Towne wrote. “It’s basically Chinatown set in a 7-11 in Montana in the 70’s with a whole lot of cocaine," says Gibson.
Justin Theroux pulls out of tonight's Late Show visit following split from Jennifer Aniston
Theroux was announced as tonight's Stephen Colbert guest on Valentine's Day, but his name was missing from an updated roster on Monday.
- CBS casts Jay Hernandez as the new Magnum P.I.