TV Casting Call: Jeff Goldblum Leaves LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT, Colm Meany Drives HELL ON WHEELS, and Lou Ferrigno Hulks Out for CHUCK

     August 3, 2010


Though spinoff Law & Order: Los Angeles gained a name actor in Terrence Howard, it looks like USA’s Law & Order: Criminal Intent is going to lose one of their best: Variety reports that Jeff Goldblum has decided to leave the series after two years leading the crime show.  Though there’s a chance he could change his mind, apparently his decision was “due to the uncertainty” of the show’s future (which means it could be on the verge of cancellation).  There are no hard feelings at Dick Wolf’s production company, but this could push USA away from bringing back the series for a tenth season since its fate hasn’t been decided yet.

After the jump, check out casting news for AMC’s new period drama pilot Hell on Wheels, and a new guest star for NBC’s Chuck.

colm_meaney_image_01Deadline reports that character actor and former Star Trek: Deep Space Nine regular Colm Meaney has lined up a new gig as the star of AMC’s period drama pilot Hell on Wheels.  The Western series follows Cullen (Anson Mount), a former Confederate soldier tracking down the Union soldiers who killed his wife.  He winds up working in the Nebraska prairie on the “Hell on Wheels” portion of the transcontinental railroad.  Meaney is taking on the role of Thomas “Doc” Durant, a businessman determined to make his fortune building the transcontinental railroad, a man of vision, and a self-serving opportunist who is capable of “creative financing.”  With the success of Justified, maybe the Western can live on in television even if it can’t get a huge audience on film.

Finally, super spy Chuck Bartowski will face off against The Incredible Hulk as EW reports that Lou Ferrigno will guest star in an episode of NBC’s Chuck next season.  The mass of muscle will play the bodyguard of an evil spy model (ex-Victoria’s Secret model Karolina Kurkova  — va-va-voom!). Chuck and his crew will certainly have their hands full if they get him angry, but we’ll have to wait to find out sometime down the road. The season premiere of Chuck fires up on September 20th.