DVR This: SOUTHLAND Actor Tries TRUE BLOOD; TV Land Is RETIRED AT 35; Luke Wilson Goes to HBO; FX Goes LIGHTS OUT

     January 4, 2010


Kevin Alejandro of the star-crossed cop drama Southland will soon be pulling doubles.  Alejandro has just secured a regular role on HBO’s hit show True Blood as Jesus, “a Latino orderly who is taking care of Ruby Jean Reynolds (Alfre Woodard) at her care facility and becomes involved with her son, Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis).”  Since TNT has not yet officially decided to produce a second season of Southland, Alejandro will be able to work on True Blood.

Hit the jump for new casting on the upcoming TV shows Retired at 35, Enlightened, and Lights Out.

luke_wilson_image__1_.jpgJoining George Segal (Just Shoot Me) in Retired at 35, TV Land’s first foray into scripted television, will be Johnathan McClain, Casey Wilson (previously of Saturday Night Live), Jessica Walter (Arrested Development) and Christine Ebersole. Retired will be about David, a young businessman (McClain) who leaves his successful life in New York behind for ostensibly stress-free living in his father Alan’s (Segal) retirement home.  Wilson will play David’s sister, Walter has been cast as David’s mother and Ebersole will appear as a possible love interest for Alan.

Luke Wilson is joining Laura Dern’s HBO pilot Enlightened.  The show follows Amy (Dern), “a self-destructive woman who after a meltdown has a spiritual awakening and becomes determined to live an enlightened life, creating havoc at home and work.”  Wilson will co-star as Amy’s disorganized and drug-addled husband.  Dern’s mother, Diane Ladd, will also star as Amy’s mother who takes her daughter in as a houseguest following her enlightenment.
FX’s new drama series, Lights Out, has signed Catherine McCormack and Stacy Keach to join star Holt McCallany.  McCallany plays Patrick “Lights” McCleary, an aging former heavyweight boxer who becomes a gambling debt collecting “legbreaker” in order to support his wife (McCormack) and three daughters.  Keach will co-star as Leary’s father and former trainer.
[All reports come via THR]