TV Casting: Jason Isaacs to Star in CBS Pilot SURGEON GENERAL; Dean Norris and Mike Vogel Set as Leads in UNDER THE DOME

     February 14, 2013


We’ve got a couple of TV casting stories of note to share this afternoon.  Fresh off yesterday’s news that Rupert Grint will lead the CBS comedy pilot Super Clyde comes word that another Harry Potter alum is heading to The Eye.  THR reports that Jason Isaacs has been tapped to star in the CBS drama pilot Surgeon General.  The actor will play the titular surgeon general of the U.S., a widower with two teen girls who is much more interested in the nation’s health than the political aspects of his job.  Samuel Baum (Lie to Me) will write and executive produce.

Isaacs is no stranger to network television as he starred in last year’s critically acclaimed NBC series Awake.  Sadly, the show failed to become a ratings hit and was subsequently cancelled by the network.  Isaacs is a wildly charismatic actor and Surgeon General sounds like a swell outlet for his talent, so hopefully the pilot is a success and CBS orders the show to series.  Hit the jump for casting news concerning CBS’ adaptation of the Stephen King novel Under the Dome.

Additionally, CBS has settled on its two leads for the ambitious Stephen King adaptation Under the Dome.  The supernatural thriller pits local folks against each other when they discover that their vacation town in Maine has been cut off from the rest of the world by a mysterious force field.  Lost and comics writer Brian K. Vaughan is penning the script and serving as an executive producer alongside showrunner Neal Baer (A Gifted Man).

Now the series has cast its two leads, as THR reports that Mike Vogel will be playing former Army officer Dale “Barbie” Barbara, the show’s protagonist, and EW reports that Breaking Bad star Dean Norris is set to play the show’s villain, James “Big Jim” Rennie.  Norris’ character seizes the opportunity to take over the town once its sealed off, and it sounds like a nice fit for Norris who has shined for years on AMC’s Breaking Bad as Hank.  Niels Arden Oplev is directing the pilot, and the series is set to premiere on CBS on June 24th.