Category: Casting

Ausiello just broke the exclusive news that the producers of Prison Break, Matt Olmstead and Nick Santora, have set plans in motion to cast the brilliant Robert Knepper in their new action-drama series Breakout Kings. Knepper will be resurrecting the role of the Prison Break villain we loved to hate the most: T-Bag! Undoubtedly one of best villainous characters in the history of television, T-Bag is a white supremacist, bisexual, rapist-murderer from Alabama. One of the Fox River Eight who escaped the prison and cut off his hand to evade recapture while on the run, T-Bad ended up where he belonged in the series finale, back in prison where his complex and chilling character could be revived if needed.

I wrote back in June that the axed FOX pilot Breakout Kings, which received praise from critics, was picked up by cable network A&E in the 11th hour. The show revolves around a group of U.S. Marshals and ex-cons that team up to apprehend escaped criminals while racing against the clock. We can speculate that T-Bag will either be a fugitive or an ex-con helping the Marshals. Breakout Kings stars Jason Cerbone, Domenick Lombardozzi, Laz Alonzo, Malcolm Goodwin, and Nicole Steinwedell.

The execs at the studio behind the two shows have already signed off on this proposal, all that is left is to make a deal with Knepper. Following Prison Break’s cancellation in 2009, Knepper was cast as the new villain in the fourth season of Heroes, which was also canceled at the end of that season. Knepper recently joined the cast of Stargate Universe for it’s second season.

So how psyched are you about this wonderful news, Prison Break fans? Are you sure to tune in now to see Robert Knepper reprise his exceptional role as T-Bag?

UPDATE: On November 5th, EW reported the exclusive scoop that Robert Knepper has officially signed on for Breakout Kings! He told EW: “I have to dust off the Southern accent. I have not seen a script. I am putting my faith in these guys’ hands. The only thing I asked was that T-Bag doesn’t die. And they said, ‘Oh, no don’t worry. He won’t.’ He came close many times but managed to cheat and escape death. He’s Teflon.” Filming is set to begin right after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Advertisements just broke the exclusive news that Caterina Scorsone, who plays the recurring role of Dr. Amelia Shepherd on Private Practice, has been promoted to series regular. Amelia is the younger sister of Grey’s Anatomy’s McDreamy and is a neurosurgeon just like her older brother. Scorsone even went to medical school in real life before deciding she preferred to play one on TV, but as a viewer I appreciate that she actually knows her stuff.

Amelia appeared in the last 5 episodes of season 3 of the Grey’s spin-off. In April, I reported that she debuted in the episode “Eyes Wide Open,” where she was part of a team brought in to help Kayla, the surrogate coma patient carrying three babies. Her presence really rattled Derek’s ex-wife Addison, though they had to work together to save the patient and Amelia stayed on temporarily to consult for Oceanside Wellness.

Series creator Shonda Rhimes has revealed they are certainly planning a Shepherd-centric crossover for this upcoming season focusing on Amelia and Derek. How excited are we to finally see McDreamy interact with one of his much-talked-about sisters, especially one that followed in her brother’s footsteps career-wise?

Joining Scorsone as a series regular for season 4 is Brian Benben’s character Sheldon Wallace, who had a recurring role for the past 2 seasons as a Psychiatrist from rival practice Pacific Wellcare and was Violet’s lover/possible baby daddy recently turned Charlotte’s new love interest.

The fourth season of Private Practice will premiere on Thursday September 23, 2010 in it’s normal time-slot at 10pm following Grey’s Anatomy. The season premiere will pick up a few weeks from where we left off, giving everybody some time to grieve after Dell’s tragic death.

Today, Ausiello reported the official scoop that the rejected FOX pilot Breakout Kings, from the same creator of Prison Break, has found a new home on cable network A&E. The show revolves around a group of U.S. marshals and ex-cons that team up to apprehend escaped criminals while racing against the clock. I’m imagining a sort of Prison Break/White Collar mashup. Breakout Kings stars Jason Cerbone, Domenick Lombardozzi, Laz Alonzo, Malcolm Goodwin, and Nicole Steinwedell.

FOX’s decision to axe Breakout Kings back in May was particularly shocking considering it was received with high praise and was deemed a frontrunner among the pilots FOX would air this fall. Deadline reported the reason FOX passed on such a highly acclaimed pilot was due to its decision to renew its two bubble shows Lie To Me and Human Target. Despite our disappointment that FOX passed on a great opportunity, it gives me the tiniest bit of faith that the network chose to give these two other good shows a chance at success. As weird as this is to say, ABC would do well to follow FOX’s example and resurrect the brilliant comedy series Better Off Ted, which it never gave the chance to find a larger audience.

Breakout Kings will make a great fit at A&E, where they are looking to add character-driven procedural dramas to its long list of reality series. Next month, A&E will premiere The Glades, a new drama about a brilliant and difficult homicide detective recently relocated to the outskirts of the Florida Everglades.

As a staunch Prison Break fan, I am extremely excited about Breakout Kings…will you tune in?

Last month, TV Guide reported that Caterina Scorsone joined the cast of Private Practice in a recurring role as Dr. Amelia Shepherd, Grey’s Derek Shepherd’s younger sister. Clearly this is another clever tactic from Shonda to get more McDreamy loving Grey’s fans to watch the Addison-centered Grey’s spinoff set in sunny LA. Catch Scorsone’s debut on the new episode of Private Practice tonight at 10pm on ABC.

Episode 19, “Eyes Wide Open” – When famed neurosurgeon Dr. Ginsberg and her team pay a visit to St. Ambrose to save the life of Kayla, Addison is shocked to see Amelia Shepherd – Derek’s younger sister on the team. But Amelia’s presence causes strife between Addison, Sam and Pete when she claims she can save Kayla’s life after Dr. Ginsberg declares nothing can be done. Meanwhile Charlotte seeks from Cooper’s with a sex education seminar for the elderly that only leads to more tension between the two, as they try to figure out how to work together.

Two weeks ago Ausiello broke the news that Grey’s Anatomy creator and executive producer Shonda Rhimes agreed to release Katherine Heigl (Dr. Izzie Stevens) from her contract early effective immediately, meaning that she would not return to the Grey’s set as planned for the last five episodes of the current season. But the real breaking news came this week (in three parts) as Ausiello sat down with Heigl in her LA home and she confirmed her exit, as well as revealed her real reasons for leaving. Ausiello also got all the inside scoop on the many controversies the outspoken actress has been involved in over her 6-year span on the hit TV series. Only part of Ausiello’s exclusive interview with Heigl is available online, but no need to fret I bought the magazine to get the full scoop so you don’t have to, so by all means use me, please…

It is no coincidence that as this hot story broke Shonda Rhimes took to…blogging? She guest blogged for The Ausiello Files about the major twists that are forthcoming in the season finale, she insists that this is the real “GAME. CHANGER” unlike those weak ones that everybody else claims to grab attention, hahaha I suppose its worth taking a gander.

Meanwhile, ABC Studios released the following statement: “By mutual agreement, Katherine Heigl has ended her successful run as Dr. Isobel Stevens. The studio wishes her well. Everyone at Grey’s Anatomy is now focused on delivering a shocking season finale and a great show for seasons to come.”

Heigl stated that the real reason she left was due to shifting priorities in her life after the adoption of her special needs daughter Naleigh whereby her busy career was preventing her from bonding with her daughter and becoming the mom she wants to be. Last year Heigl approached Shonda to let her know that she planned to adopt and warn her that she might be leaving the show. According to Heigl, they tried to work out a way that she could balance her family life and her career, “but at the end of the day, there wasn’t a great way to compromise the work schedule that didn’t negatively affect the crew or the cast.”During Heigl’s mid-season maternity leave from Grey’s, she spent three months focusing solely on her relationship with her daughter, during which time she realized that she no longer wanted to work full-time. Before she was due back she asked Shonda again to be let out of her contract early and this time she got what she wanted.

“Even though I know I’m disappointing the fans, and I know I’m disappointing the writers and my fellow cast members and the crew, I just had to make a choice. I hope I made the right one. I had to try to find the courage to move on. And I am sad. And I’m scared. But I felt it was the right thing to do; we just didn’t quite know how to do it appropriately, gracefully, and respectfully to the audience. And I think we all felt it wasn’t respectful to the audience to bring [Izzie] back again and then have her [leave] again.”

Heigl also came clean about her mistakes and admitted she needs to “filter” her opinions. Among the many controversies that contributed to Heigl’s perception as an “ungrateful diva” were the Emmy faux-pas and the 17 hour work-day complaint. Lets see what she had to say about those now that she is sans contract shall we…

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