Casting irony alert: Former “Grey’s Anatomy” star Chyler Leigh is set to play a survivor of a plane crash in an NBC comedy.
Leigh is joining the ensemble of “Holding Patterns,” a show about a group of friends whose lives change after they survive a plane crash. Her “Grey’s” character died at the end of last season — as the result of a plane crash.
“The Office” writer-producer Justin Spitzer created “Holding Patterns.” It will be the first comedy series role for Leigh since she starred in the short-lived “That ’80s Show” in 2002.
Lots more pilot casting news:
– “Without a Trace” star Anthony LaPaglia is close to a deal to star opposite Felicity Huffman in FOX’s drama “Boomerang.” The show is about a family business, which just happens to be contract killing. LaPaglia and Huffman would play husband and wife, who have trained their two sons (Patrick Heusinger and Michael Stahl-David) in the art of assassination. They also have a teenage daughter; that part hasn’t been cast yet.
– Patrick Fugit (“Almost Famous,” “We Bought a Zoo”) will star in ABC’s drama “Reckless” (one of two pilots with that title; the other is at CBS). He’s set to play a man who goes to great lengths to free his wife (Eloise Mumford) when she’s jailed during a political upheaval in a foreign country. It will be his first series-regular role.
– CBS’ Greg Garcia-Will Arnett comedy has cast Mary Elizabeth Ellis (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) as Arnett’s sister. The show centers on Arnett’s recently divorced character, who’s also bearing the brunt of his parents’ marital problems. His mom (Margo Martindale) moves in with him, while his dad moves in with his sister and her husband.
– NBC’s J.J. Abrams-Alfonso Cuaron drama “Believe” has added three people to its cast, including young actress Johnny Sequoyah in the lead role of Bo, a young girl who possesses a special power. Jamie Chung (“Once Upon a Time”) will play a woman who helps the ex-con (Jake McLaughlin) chosen to protect Bo. Sienna Guillory (“Resident Evil: Retribution”) will play Moore, a hitwoman. [Hollywood Reporter]
– Stephen Root (“NewsRadio,” “King of the Hill”) will be part of FOX’s comedy “To My Future Assistant,” about a group of assistants at a law firm. He’ll play the boss of Brittany Snow’s character, a tough lawyer who occasionally lets a softer side show.
– Also at FOX, Jay Hernandez (“Last Resort”) will star opposite Ramon Rodriguez in “Gang Related,” a drama about a gang member (Rodriguez) who infiltrates the San Francisco PD. Hernandez will play Rodriguez’s best friend, the son of a crime boss.
– The NBC comedy created by and starring comedian John Mulaney has landed Martin Short for a key role. The comedy veteran will play a game-show host for whom Mulaney’s character writes jokes.
– British actor Toby Regbo will star in The CW’s “Reign,” which tells the story of the young Mary Queen of Scots (Adelaide Kane) and her arrival at the French court as a teenager. Regbo will play Prince Francis, who’s been chosen to be Mary’s husband.
– Another CW pilot, “Blink,” has added Johnny Simmons (“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”) to its cast. He’ll play the middle son of a man who’s in a coma-like state after a car crash but who can still see and hear what goes on around him.
– Pablo Schreiber (“Weeds,” “The Wire”) will star with Blair Underwood and “The Killing’s” Brent Sexton in NBC’s remake of “Ironside.” He’ll play a member of the wheelchair-bound title character’s (Underwood) team of cops that work the toughest cases.
– NBC’s “Hatfields & McCoys” has cast Patrick Flueger (“The 4400″) as the youngest son of the McCoy family, who becomes bent on revenge after his father is killed and evidence points to the Hatfields being responsible.