Nina Dobrev is sinking her teeth into comedy this fall.

CBS has given a series order to Fam, a multi-cam comedy starring the former Vampire Diaries star as a woman trying to get in good with her fiancé’s upstanding family — a plan that’s ruined when her hot mess of a half-sister comes to live with her to escape their disaster of a father. (Families, amirite?)

Tone Bell (Truth Be Told) also stars as Dobrev’s character’s fiancé; the ensemble cast includes Odessa Adlon (Nashville), Brian Stokes Mitchell (The Path) and Sheryl Lee Ralph (Ray Donovan).

Fam hails from writers Corinne Kingsbury and Bob Kushell, both of whom will executive-produce alongside Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor and Wendi Trilling. Scott Ellis EP’d and directed the pilot

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The Originals may not be returning for a sixth season, but the Mikaelsons’ story is far from over.

The CW has given a series order to Legacies, TVLine has learned, with series creator Julie Plec at the helm. Here’s the official synopsis:

Continuing the tradition of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, the story of the next generation of supernatural beings at The Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted. Klaus Mikaelson’s daughter, 17-year-old Hope Mikaelson; Alaric Saltzman’s twins, Lizzie and Josie Saltzman; and other young adults come of age in the most unconventional way possible, nurtured to be their best selves…in spite of their worst impulses. Will these young witches, vampires and werewolves become the heroes they want to be — or the villains they were born to be?

Plec will serve as an executive producer, along with Brett Matthews, Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo.

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Kat Graham To Star In Netflix Holiday Film ‘Christmas Calendar’; Also Joins Morgan Freeman In ‘The Poison Rose’

Author: Jen | April 23, 2018 | Comments Off on Kat Graham To Star In Netflix Holiday Film ‘Christmas Calendar’; Also Joins Morgan Freeman In ‘The Poison Rose’

Filed Under: | Casting News, Kat Graham

EXCLUSIVE: The Vampire Diaries alum Kat Graham has signed on to star in Christmas Calendar, a Netflix holiday pic directed by Bradley Walsh. Quincy Brown (Dope, Fox series Star) has been cast to play Graham’s love interest in the film, which Brad Krevoy is producing.

It follows Abby Sutton (Graham), an aspiring photographer who inherits a magical advent calendar from her deceased grandmother that seems to be predicting her future — and pointing the way to a new romance with a hunky admirer.

In addition, Graham has been cast in The Poison Rose, playing Morgan Freeman’s daughter in the film, which also stars Forest Whitaker and John Travolta as Carson Philips, down-on-his-luck PI who enjoys his share of drinking, smoking, and gambling. He takes on a case that, like the story goes, starts out appearing fairly routine, slowly reveals itself to be a complex interwoven web of crimes, suspects, and dead bodies.

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Nina Dobrev To Star In ‘Run This Town’

Author: Jen | March 26, 2018 | Comments Off on Nina Dobrev To Star In ‘Run This Town’

Filed Under: | Casting News, Nina Dobrev

EXCLUSIVE: Tony-winning actor Ben Platt (Dear Evan Hansen), The Vampire Diaries alum Nina Dobrev, and Mena Massoud, star of Disney’s live-action Aladdin film, have signed on to topline the drama pic Run This Town, along with Emmy winner Damian Lewis (Billions, Homeland). The film was written by Ricky Tollman, who will also direct the piece, marking his feature directorial debut.

The plot follows a young journalist (Platt), desperate to prove himself, who catches wind of a scandal involving a flashy, unpredictable politician with no filter (Lewis). Political aides (Massoud and Dobrev) attempt to keep their boss in check – and the story under wraps – in order to save their jobs.

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Nina Dobrev To Topline CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Fam’ In ‘Vampire Diaries’ Star’s TV Return

Author: Jen | March 12, 2018 | Comments Off on Nina Dobrev To Topline CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Fam’ In ‘Vampire Diaries’ Star’s TV Return

Filed Under: | Casting News, Nina Dobrev, Non TVD Projects, TV Series

EXCLUSIVE: She’s back! Former The Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrev, is returning to television and switching things up with a comedic turn as the lead of CBS multi-camera comedy Fam, from writer Corinne Kingsbury, Kapital Entertainment and CBS TV Studios.

Written by Kingsbury and directed by Scott Ellis, Fam is about a woman, Clem (Dobrev) whose younger half-sister, Shannon (Odessa Adlon), comes to live with her and her fiancé to escape their train wreck of a father.

Dobrev’s Clem is grounded, deeply funny, quick-witted and outspoken. She was a bit of a hot mess in her younger years, but since then, she has worked hard to create the best version of herself and her life is on track. She is a real charmer who is ecstatic when Jay, the love of her life, proposes. In the “best version of herself,” she claims that her own father is long dead, but the fact is that her dad, Freddy Banks, whom she hasn’t seen in 10 years, is such an embarrassment that she has lied about his death. And when her half-sister Shannon shows up unexpectedly, Clem’s lie is about to become painfully obvious to everyone who trusted and believed her. And that lie just might end her relationship with Jay for good.

Kingsbury executive produces with Kapital Entertainment’s Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor as well as Wendi Trilling via TrillTV. In addition to Adlon, Dobrev joins previously cast Brian Stokes Mitchell and Sheryl Lee Ralph.

Following her six-season run as the lead Elena on The Vampire Diaries, Bulgarian-born Dobrev, who returned for the series finale, has been focused on features, starring in Paramount’s xXx: Return of Xander Cage, Sony’s Flatliners reboot, and indie comedy Crashpad opposite Christina Applegate and Domnhall Gleeson. She will be seen in the upcoming indies Dog Days directed by Ken Marino, Departures opposite Maisie Williams and Asa Butterfield, and Roger Avary’s Lucky Day.

Dobrev is repped by Lighthouse Management and Media and CAA.

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‘In Between Lives’: Yusuf Gatewood To Star In NBC Clairvoyance Crime Drama Pilot

Author: Jen | March 7, 2018 | Comments Off on ‘In Between Lives’: Yusuf Gatewood To Star In NBC Clairvoyance Crime Drama Pilot

Filed Under: | Casting News, Non TVD Projects, TV Series

The Originals co-star Yusuf Gatewood has landed one of the male leads opposite Harriet Dyer in In Between Lives, NBC’s drama pilot from writer Moira Kirland, Heyday Television — the joint venture of producer David Heyman and NBCUniversal International Studios — and Universal TV.

Written by Kirland ands directed by Charlotte Sieling, In Between Lives centers on Cassie (Dyer), a mysterious young woman who reluctantly uses her gift of clairvoyance to help a veteran LAPD detective and a damaged ex-FBI outsider (Gatewood) solve the most unnerving and challenging cases the city encounters. This eerie ability also opens the door for her to see and talk to the dead, who are seeking help for unresolved problems, whether she likes it or not.

Gatewood’s Damien Parrish is the new kid on the LAPD Homicide Squad. Damien used to be a Criminal Analyst with the FBI, and spent the last eight years in Florida.

Medium alum Kirland executive produces with Heyman and Nancy Cotton.

Gatewood co-stars as Vincent Griffith on the CW’s The Originals, which is going into its fifth and final season. He started as a guest star in the first season, becoming a series regular in Season 2. Gatewood will next be seen in Amazon/BBC Two’s Good Omens. He’s repped by APA.

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Originals Spinoff Update: Matt Davis, Plus 5 Others, Attached to Star

Author: Jen | March 6, 2018 | Comments Off on Originals Spinoff Update: Matt Davis, Plus 5 Others, Attached to Star

Filed Under: | Casting News, Matt Davis, The Originals, TV Series

Remember that possible Hope-centric Originals spinoff we first told you about nine months ago? It’s due date may be approaching. Although The CW has yet to order the project to series, TVLine has learned that the network has signed deals with six actors — including Vampire Diaries vet Matt Davis — to star in the potential offshoot.

Also attached to the project: Danielle Rose Russell, who makes her debut as teenage Hope in The Originals upcoming fifth and final season, and Aria Shahghasemi, who similarly appears in The Originals farewell season as Hope’s love interest.

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Roswell Reboot: The Vampire Diaries’ Michael Trevino Joins Pilot Cast

Author: Jen | | Comments Off on Roswell Reboot: The Vampire Diaries’ Michael Trevino Joins Pilot Cast

Filed Under: | Casting News, Michael Trevino, Non TVD Projects, TV Series

Here’s some howling good news for Vampire Diaries fans: Michael Trevino has landed a role on The CW’s Roswell reboot, TVLine has learned.

The former Mystic Falls werewolf/hybrid/etc. will play Kyle Valenti in the potential series, which retells the original WB/UPN sci-fi saga with an immigration twist.

Kyle is popular and the son of the town sheriff, but he begins to question his charmed life after learning some horrible things that have happened in his family’s past.

The potential series — penned by Originals scribe Carina Adly MacKenzie — centers on Liz Ortecho (Grey’s Anatomy’s Jeanine Mason), a jaded biomedical researcher and the daughter of undocumented immigrants who is haunted by a tragic incident. She discovers a shocking truth about her teenage crush (played by The Originals‘ Nathan Parsons): He’s an alien.

The cast also includes Tyler Blackburn (Pretty Little Liars), a member of the military (with secrets of his own) who is recently returned from the Middle East.

In addition to TVD, Trevino’s TV resumé includes The Originals, The Riches and Bones.

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