TV News: Survivor, Frequency, Friend, Wife

Designated Survivor
Adan Canto (“The Following,” “X-Men: Days Of Future Past”) will co-star opposite Kiefer Sutherland in ABC’s straight-to-series conspiracy thriller “Designated Survivor”. Maggie Q, Kal Penn, Natascha McElhone and Italia Ricci also star while Paul McGuigan is helming the pilot from a script by David Guggenheim.

Sutherland plays a lower level U.S. Cabinet member who is suddenly appointed President after a catastrophic attack during the State of the Union kills everyone above him in the Presidential line of succession. Canto will play his aggressive deputy Chief of Staff who advises Sutherland after the attack. [Source: Deadline]

Riley Smith (“True Detective,” “Nashville”) has scored the male lead role in The CW’s “Frequency,” the TV series reboot of Toby Emmerich’s 2000 sci-fi thriller which starred Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel. Smith will take on the Quaid role in the series.

The new take follows Raimy, a female police detective in 2016 who discovers that she is able to speak via a ham radio with her estranged detective father (Smith) who died in 1996. [Source: TV Line]

I’m Not Your Friend
Matt LeBlanc (“Episodes,” “Friends”) has been tapped to star in the multicamera comedy pilot “I’m Not Your Friend” for CBS which has been created and will be executive produced by “That ’70s Show” duo Jeff and Jackie Filgo.

LeBlanc would executive produce and star as a contractor who learns that raising his kids is more challenging than expected when his wife goes back to work. The role would mark the actor’s return to broadcast television as a series regular following ten seasons of “Friends”. [Source: The Live Feed]

The Good Wife
Following the sudden news of “The Good Wife” wrapping up with its current seventh season, creators and executive producers Robert and Michelle King revealed during a call yesterday that a potential spin-off series without star Julianna Margulies has not been ruled out at this point.

The King’s say the series boasts “characters we wish we had more time with, to explore” and the concept of an ensemble series. Gary Cole and Jess Weixler’s recurring characters are coming back in the last few episodes, but Mike Colter’s Lemond Bishop will not be. [Source: Deadline]