George Lopez Close To TV Comeback, Cuba Gooding Jr. Books Fox Pilot And More Casting News
George Lopez is eyeing a return to TV. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the former late night host and star of ABC's "George Lopez" is close to signing a deal similar to Charlie Sheen's latest contract.
If Lopez signs, he'd star in 10 episodes for Debmar-Mercury, a subsidiary of Lionsgate. If the sitcom, which he will co-create, takes off in the ratings, the production company would order 90 additional episodes.
Sheen's "Anger Management" sitcom follows the same model, as has Tyler Perry's TBS sitcoms.
In other casting news ...
"My Boys" star Jordana Spiro had landed a Fox pilot. Spiro will star in a medical drama about a doctor who works for the mafia in Chicago. [TVLine]
Cuba Gooding Jr. will star in "Guilty," a Fox legal drama pilot. The "Jerry Maguire" Oscar winner will play William “Billy” Remz, a lawyer falsely convicted of fraud. After losing his legal license, the character seeks revenge on those who set him up while using unsavory methods to finish the cases he can no longer legally solve. [EW]
"Californiacation" actress Eva Amurri Martino will also co-star in "Guilty." Amurri Martino will play Lily, a confidant of Cuba Gooding Jr.'s Billy Remz. [THR]
"Spartacus: Vengeance" actor Brett Tucker will guest on "Castle." Tucker will play a detective from Scotland Yard in episode 20 of Season 4. [TVLine]
"Homeland" actress Marin Ireland has landed a potentially recurring role on "The Killing." Ireland will play Liz, Detective Holder's sister. [TVLine]
Former "Charlie's Angels" star Rachael Taylor has joined ABC's "666 Park Avenue" pilot. Taylor will co-star opposite Dave Annable and Terry O'Quinn in the supernatural drama about an apartment building filled with mysterious happenings. [THR]