Just whipped up a nice batch of TV casting news for everyone. First up, THR reports that the amazing character actor Clifton Collins Jr. – who can be seen in blockbusters like J.J. Abrams Star Trek and hard-hitting dramas like Capote – has joined the cast of NBC’s new fall drama series The Event. Collins will play Thomas, a key player in the show’s secret conspiracy who will come into conflict with the president of the United States. What exactly the conspiracy deals with no one is sure, but plenty will find out about The Event when the pilot is screened for Comic-Con audiences next week. Stay tuned for our coverage on that new series and more from the convention in San Diego next week.
Hit the jump for some casting news on the original CSI and a hope and a prayer for a new cast member on True Blood.
Though the spin-off series CSI:NY lost a series regular recently, the cast of the original CSI is holding reasonably strong as EW reports that another series regular, Jorja Fox, has just renewed her contract to return as analyst Sara Sidle for the eleventh season. Though it remains unclear if she will still be billed as a series regular or simply a recurring guest star, she joins other returning cast members like Marg Helgenberger (Catherine), George Eads (Nick), Eric Szmanda (Greg), and Paul Guilfoyle (Jim). Laurence Fishburne (Ray) for an all new season.
Finally, a true actor’s actor may make his way to True Blood as Lost scene stealer Michael Emerson told E! Online that series creator Alan Ball is eager to find something for the actor on his hit vampire series. Emerson said, “”When I see Alan, he always says ‘We have to find something for you.’ I’m delighted to hear him say it.” Emerson’s wife Carrie Preston is already a series regular on the show as Sookie’s friend Arlene Flower so surely there’s an angle to bring Emerson’s would-be character into her life somehow on the series. Meanwhile Emerson says he could be “some new kind of supernatural creature” or “a pizza delivery man who’s torn apart by werewolves.” You know, whatever works. Surely fans of both True Blood and Lost would love to see him join the show, but for now we’ll just have to see how this plays out. Alan Ball needs to hurry up and get on the…ball.