TRUE BLOOD Promotes Jessica Tuck to Series Regular; Julia Louis-Dreyfus is VEEP for HBO; Miranda Otto Joins LOCKE & KEY

     November 23, 2010


As HBO works on the upcoming fourth season of their hit vampire series True Blood, one recurring cast member just got promoted to series regular while three more ladies have also joined the cast. Deadline reports Jessica Tuck (who plays Nan Flannigan) will now be a series regular on the HBO drama along with Janina Gavankar who will play Luna, a super-sexy public school teacher and shapeshifter who is first seen attending an informal gathering with others like her. Someone should start a pool to figure out how long into her debut we’ll see her naked. In addition, Alexandra Brecekenridge (Dirt) and Vedette Lim (As the World Turns) have joined the series as recurring characters. Brecekenridge will play Daisy, a member of a wiccan group founded by Marnie (who we found out will be played by Fiona Shaw) while Lim will play Naomi, a fierce fighter who participates in underground cage matches for money. Production on the fourth season is slated to begin next week.

Hit the jump to hear about Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ new series Veep on HBO, and casting for Locke & Key.

Since The New Adventures of Old Christine are nothing but old adventures now that the series has been canceled, Julia Louis-Dreyfus is making a new home at HBO. Variety reports the Seinfeld star has officially boarded Veep, the pilot for a potential HBO series which follows a female senator who ends up a heartbeat away from the U.S. presidency as the vice president. However, the job turns out to be unlike anything she has expected. The comedy series comes from Armando Iannucci who was behind the brilliant British political satire In the Loop, a film adaptation/continuation of the British comedy series The Thick of It, so I’m pretty excited about it

Finally, after finding out that Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go) would direct the pilot for the series adaptation of the comic book Locke & Key, Deadline has word that Miranda Otto (The Lord of the Rings) has landed the lead role in the potential series. Otto will play Nina Locke in the story of a mother and her three children Tyler, Kinsey, and Bode, who survive an unspeakable horror and attempt to rebuild their lives at Keyhouse, their family home in Lovecraft, Massachusetts. It is a mysterious New England mansion, with fantastic and transformative keys hidden inside its walls that are also being sought by a hate-filled and relentless creature with ties to the Locke family’s past who will stop at nothing to accomplish his sinister goals. Since Spielberg is producing, her hiring was likely a no-brainer after her supporting work on War of the Worlds, but it’s her work in The Two Towers that really proves she can lead this series.