TV News: Don Cheadle Building HOUSE OF LIES, Virginia Madsen Will Witness THE EVENT and Mekhi Phifer Heads to TORCHWOOD

     December 14, 2010

After just hearing that Ethan Hawke would lead a new series on Fox, another talented actor is heading to TV as well. Showtime announced Don Cheadle has signed on to star in their dark comedy series House of Lies from Matthew Carnahan, creator and writer of the FX series Dirt. Based on Martin Kihn’s book of the same name, the half-hour comedy follows Marty (Cheadle), a highly successful, cutthroat consultant who is never above using any means (or anyone) necessary to get his clients the information they want. The series heads into production next February with Stephen Hopkins (Californication) directing and Jessica Borsicsky (FlashForward) executive producing. Cheadle has always been a welcome addition to any project, so I’ll definitely be checking this series out whenever it hits cable.

Hit the jump for news on Mekhi Pfifer snagging a lead role in the fourth season of Torchwood and Virgina Madsen joining The Event in a recurring role.

Deadline reports 8 Mile star Mekhi Phifer will join series stars John Barrowman and Eve Myles for the fourth season of the sci-fi drama Torchwood. Pfifer is taking the third lead role of Rex Matheson, a CIA agent with a lethal sense of humor who starts to feel his mortality when his life is put in danger. This won’t be his first turn on TV though since he also had a co-starring run on Lie to Me over at Fox last season. The real test will be whether longtime fans will enjoy a new series regular or not.

Also, Deadline has word on a new recurring character for the overly mysterious The Event. The Oscar nominated actress Virgina Madsen will play Catherine Lewis, the widow of a U.S. senator from Alaska who has assumed her husband’s post. A former powerhouse attorney, the Harvard grad is determined to carry out her husband’s legacy at any cost. Honestly, I stopped watching The Event after six episodes, so I have no idea what’s going on, and it feels great.