Nikki M. James: Untitled NBC Drama
The Book of Mormon Tony winner James will be a series regular in a currently untitled drama pilot for NBC. Directed by Charles McDougall from a screenplay by Warren Leight, the medical drama concerns an understaffed hospital in Brooklyn that becomes the last trauma center in that borough after a catastrophic hurricane. Singing actor James, whose TV credits include Braindead and The Good Wife, has been cast in the role of hospital administrator Meghan.
John Larroquette: Me, Myself & I
Larroquette, who was part of the star-studded cast of Gore Vidal's The Best Man in 2012, will topline the new CBS comedy pilot Me, Myself & I. Written by Dan Kopelman, the single-camera series, which examines one man's life over a 50-year period, will also feature Bobby Moynihan and Mandell Maughan. How to Succeed Tony winner and five-time Emmy winner Larroquette will play the 65-year-old version of Alex Riley in the year 2042. The comedy is from Warner Bros. TV and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment.
Corbin Reid: Valor
Reid, seen on Broadway in Sister Act, will join Nigel Thatch, Christina Ochoa, and Matt Barr as a series regular in the new CW pilot Valor. The military drama, penned by writer and musician Kyle Jarrow, will be directed by Michael Robin. Corbin, who also appeared Off-Broadway in the revival of Rent and whose screen credits include Blair Witch and How to Get Away with Murder, has been cast as a wife and mother who lives on a U.S. Army base “that houses an elite unit of helicopter pilots trained to perform clandestine international and domestic missions.”
Jeff Daniels: The Looming Tower
Stage and screen star Daniels, most recently seen on Broadway in a Tony-nominated performance opposite Michelle Williams in Blackbird, has landed a leading role opposite Tahar Rahim in Hulu's straight-to-series drama The Looming Tower. Based on Lawrence Wright's 9/11 exposé, which won the Pulitzer Prize, the series will be executive-produced by Wright, Dan Futterman, and Alex Gibney. Newsroom Emmy winner Daniels will play the head of New York FBI's Counter-Terrorism unit in the drama, which traces “the rising threat of Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda and takes a controversial look at how the rivalry between the CIA and FBI inadvertently might have set the stage for the tragedy of 9/11 and the war in Iraq.”