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

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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

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

Author: Jen | March 6, 2018 | Comments Off on Roswell Reboot: The Vampire Diaries’ Michael Trevino Joins Pilot Cast

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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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The Originals’ Joseph Morgan to Play Casey Affleck Role in Fox’s Drama Pilot Based on Gone Baby Gone

Author: Jen | February 26, 2018 | Comments Off on The Originals’ Joseph Morgan to Play Casey Affleck Role in Fox’s Drama Pilot Based on Gone Baby Gone

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

In what would mark his first post-Originals TV gig, Joseph Morgan has nabbed the male lead in Fox’s drama pilot based on Dennis Lehane’s best-selling book (and Ben Affleck’s subsequent movie adaptation) Gone Baby Gone, TVLine has learned. Morgan will play private eye Patrick Kenzie, the role originated by Casey Affleck in the 2007 pic.

The untitled project — written by Black Sails co-creator Robert Levine — centers on detectives Kenzie and (the still-uncast) Angela Gennaro (aka “the Michelle Monaghan role” from the movie) who, armed with their wits, their street knowledge and an undeniable chemistry, right wrongs the law can’t in the working-class Boston borough of Dorchester.

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Nina Dobrev Is Unrecognizable in Pics for New Funny or Die Role

Author: Jen | January 26, 2018 | Comments Off on Nina Dobrev Is Unrecognizable in Pics for New Funny or Die Role

Filed Under: | Nina Dobrev, Non TVD Projects, Videos

Nina Dobrev is getting into character!

The 29-year-old actress took to Instagram on Tuesday to share pics of her latest transformation for a new Funny or Die video.

“New role. My most transformative yet. #BLONDE,” Dobrev captioned a slideshow of images showing her old-age makeup. “@realdonaldtrump Donald Trump already knows her, but for the rest of the world… meet Karolina Petersburg.”

“It’s not easy to be the wife of a powerful rich man. Somebody had to coach them,” she added, before sharing a time lapse video of herself in the makeup chair.

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Will you be checking out Paul Wesley in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein?

Author: Jen | December 15, 2017 | Comments Off on Will you be checking out Paul Wesley in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein?

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The Vampire Diaries star teamed up with his off-Broadway castmates at a meet and greet at the Shelter Studios on Thursday (December 14) in New York City.

He was joined by Robert Fairchild, who also choreographed the show, as well as Mia Vallet, Rocco Sisto, Krysty Swann, Avey Noble, Peyton Lusk, and Shiv Ajay Pancholi-Parekh.

The production, directed by Donald T. Sanders, will run from December 21 to January 7, with opening night on December 27 at Pershing Square Signature Center.

In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, “The joys and perils of motherhood, the hovering shadow of infant mortality, and the sting of loneliness and rejection merge as Mary Shelley creates her masterwork, Frankenstein. The Creature that Dr. Frankenstein produces, an assemblage of disparate elements, coalesces into a monster with a human soul. His horrific appearance conceals the gentlest heart. Through no fault of his own, he is forced to descend into evil deeds. Excerpts from the 1818 edition of Frankenstein, music, and dance interwoven with Mary Shelley‘s letters and diaries create parallel narratives as both dramas unfold.” (via

10+ pictures inside of Paul Wesley at the meet and greet…

Phoebe Tonkin to Appear in The Affair Season 4

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Cole’s personal journey in the fourth season of The Affair will put him the path of two very familiar-looking artists.

Phoebe Tonkin (The Originals) and Amy Irving (Alias) will guest-star in an episode of the Showtime drama’s upcoming season, TVLine has learned exclusively. Irving will play Nan Perino, a sculptress from Morro Bay, Calif., with a “mysterious” connection to Cole’s father. Tonkin will play Daphne, Nan’s protégé, who “guides” Cole through his quest for answers.

In addition to The Originals, which returns for its final season in 2018, Tonkin’s small-screen resume also includes roles on The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle. Irving, who has been nominated for both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe, recently starred in ABC’s short-lived Zero Hour.

Unlike The Affair‘s first three seasons, which explored the complicated connections between its core characters — Noah (Dominic West), Alison (Ruth Wilson), Helen (Maura Tierney) and Cole (Joshua Jackson) — the fourth season separates those individuals, sending them on their own journeys of self-discovery. Per the network, “every character is involved in a new relationship, forcing them each to decide if they’re ready and willing to leave the past behind for good [in] a season about new beginnings, tragic ends and the ever-elusive possibility of forgiveness.”

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‘Blue Book’: Michael Malarkey Joins Robert Zemeckis-Produced UFO Series At History

Author: Jen | December 8, 2017 | Comments Off on ‘Blue Book’: Michael Malarkey Joins Robert Zemeckis-Produced UFO Series At History

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The Vampire Diaries alum Michael Malarkey is set as a series regular in History’s scripted drama series Blue Book, executive produced by Oscar winner Robert Zemeckis.

Created and written on spec by David O’Leary, with Sean Jablonski serving as showrunner, the 10-episode Blue Book chronicles the true top secret U.S. Air Force-sponsored investigations into UFO-related phenomena in the 1950s and ’60s, known as “Project Blue Book.” Gillen plays Dr. J. Allen Hynek, a brilliant astrophysicist, family man, and UFO skeptic who is recruited as the Chief Scientific Advisor to “Project Blue Book.” Mennell will play Allen’s wife, Mimi Hynek, who is seemingly a content stay-at-home housewife but has plans to become much more.

Malarkey will play Captain Michael Quinn, A decorated WWII hero, Captain Michael Quinn is selected to run Project Blue Book, a new Air Force division investigating UFO phenomena. A charming Air Force pilot, he clashes with his Blue Book partner, Dr. Allen Hynek (Aidan Gillen), challenging Hynek’s scientific mind with his raw emotional gut instincts.

Maleficent helmer Robert Stromberg, is set to direct the first two episodes of the series, from A+E Studios and Compari Entertainment, a division of Zemeckis’ ImageMovers.

Malarkey, best known for this role as Enzo on the long-running CW’s The Vampire Diaries, recently wrapped shooting a role in Crackle’s upcoming drama series The Oath. He’s repped by Silver Lining Entertainment, Gersh and attorney Gregg Gellman.

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