TV Casting Call: Ving Rhames Signs on for CHELSEA GENERAL, Stephen Root Joins BOARDWALK EMPIRE, HOMELAND Adds Two Series Regulars

     February 10, 2012


We’ve got a couple more TV casting stories to share with you today. First up, casting for David E. Kelley’s (The Practice) new medical pilot Chelsea General is moving quickly. Just yesterday Alfred Molina signed on to star in the series which centers on “the lives of five surgeons as they push the limits of their abilities and confront their personal and professional failings,” and now Ving Rhames has been added to the cast. Deadline reports that Rhames will play “a physically imposing former professional football player who now is the most celebrated trauma chief in the country.”

Additionally, Stephen Root has signed on for the impending third season of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. The Live Feed reports that Root is set for a recurring role as “a forger, swindler, and murder suspect who became a Special Investigator for the US Department of Justice.” No word on whether or not his character has the potential to become a regular. Hit the jump for news concerning two recurring characters being promoted to series regulars on Showtime’s Homeland.

david-marciano-imageFinally, two recurring players from Showtime’s extraordinary series Homeland are being promoted for season two. TV Line reports that Navid Negahban, who plays terrorist leader Abu Nazir, and David Marciano, who plays Claire Danes’ right hand man, will both get more screentime next season. The series was one of the best shows on TV last year, and I’m incredibly interested to see how the producers plan to progress the story next season. With the promotion of Negahban, it appears Abu Nazir won’t be leaving anytime soon. Production on season two begins in May and will likely premiere in the fall.