TV Casting: Alive, Penny, Jacob, Mercedes

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Ryan Phillippe has been set at the lead, with Katrina Law and Aaron Staton co-starring, in the drama pilot “Alive” at CBS. The story is dubbed a modern interpretation of the classic Frankenstein tale in a cop procedural setting. “Elementary” creator Rob Doherty executive produces.

Phillippe plays a San Francisco homicide detective who’s mysteriously brought back to life six months after being killed in the line of duty. As he resumes his old life and he and his pathologist wife (Law) realize he isn’t the same person he used to be, they zero in on the strange man behind his resurrection: Dr. Victor Frankenstein (Staton). [Source: EW]

Penny Dreadful: City of Angels
Rory Kinnear is returning to the fold, the actor joining Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful: City of Angels” as a different character than the Frankenstein’s monster creature he played in the first series.

The new series is set in 1938 Los Angeles and centers on an LAPD detective (Daniel Zovatto) who investigates a grisly murder and is swept up in an epic story. Kinnear will play Dr. Peter Craft, a paediatrician and leader of the German-American Bund organization which aims to keep the United States isolated from the growing threat of war in Europe. [Source: The Live Feed]

Defending Jacob
Michelle Dockery (“Downton Abbey”) and Jaeden Martell (“IT”) have signed on for lead roles in the Apple limited series “Defending Jacob” based on William Landay’s 2012 novel. Chris Evans stars as Andy Barber, a father whose 14 year old son Jacob (Martell) is accused of murder. Dockery will star as Laurie Barber, Andy’s wife and Jacob’s mother. Mark Bomback serves as showrunner. [Source: Variety]

Mr. Mercedes
Kate Mulgrew, Brett Gelman and Natalie Paul are set to recur on the upcoming third season of AT&T Audience Network’s critically praised drama series “Mr. Mercedes” from Sonar Entertainment. Filming is underway in Charleston, South Carolina.

Mulgrew will play Alma Lane, a compelling force in Morris’ (Gabriel Ebert) life since he was a boy. Gelman is passionate defense attorney Roland Finklestein representing Lou Linklatter (Breeda Wool) in her murder trial. Paul will play A. D. A. Sarah Pace, the prosecutor on Lou’s case. [Source: TV Line]