We’ve got a trio of TV casting stories to share with you this evening. First up, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (the Swedish one) star Michael Nyqvist has landed the villain role in ABC’s drama pilot Zero Hour. The show comes from Prison Break scribe Paul Scheuring and centers on a skeptics magazine editor who is pulled into “one of the most compelling conspiracies in human history.” ER vet Anthony Edwards is set to play the magazine editor, and THR reports that Nyqvist will play one of the villains at the heart of a global conspiracy. He’s a mercenary who shares a special connection to the show’s protagonist.
Nyqvist has already done the “foreign star takes on American villain role” bit in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, but Zero Hour will make his US television series debut. I’m a big fan of Edwards and the premise sounds interesting enough, so it’s safe to say I’m sold on checking out the pilot should ABC pick the show up to series. Hit the jump for casting news concerning Everybody Loves Raymond star Brad Garrett and Friday Night Lights alum Zach Gilford.
Additionally, Brad Garrett is set to join the cast of the ABC comedy pilot How to Live with Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life (try fitting that on the TV Guide channel). Garrett joins Scrubs star Sarah Chalke and Weeds’ Elizabeth Perkins in the series which centers on a recently divorced single mom (Chalke) who moves in with her eccentric mother (Perkins). Deadline reports that Garrett will play Chalke’s “explosive, always in motion stepfather,” a character who owns a nightclub and is a cancer survivor.
Finally, in keeping with the excellent luck Friday Night Lights stars have been having this pilot season, Zach Gilford is joining Fox’s untitled medical drama from Josh Berman (Drop Dead Diva). The show centers on a young thoracic surgeon (Jordana Spiro) “who becomes indebted to the South Chicago mafia and is forced to moonlight as a ‘mob doctor’ while also working full time at Chicago’s most prominent hospital.” THR reports that Gilford will play a handsome doctor (ugly doctors have no place on television) who works alongside Spiro. The cast also includes William Forsythe, James Carpinello, Jesse Lee Soffer, and Jamie Lee Kirchner. In a nice touch, the pilot will shoot in Chicago.