HBO’s pilot Boardwalk Empire and CBS’ new series NCIS: Los Angeles have added to their casts. NBC’s midseason comedy 100 Questions, though, is doing some subtraction.
Three actors — The Wire star Michael Kenneth Williams, Paz de la Huerta and Dabney Coleman — have signed on to Boardwalk Empire, the Martin Scorsese-directed pilot about Prohibition-era Atlantic City. NCIS: LA, meanwhile, has added Adam Jamal Craig as a regular, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Boardwalk Empire stars Steve Buscemi (The Sopranos) as a bootlegger and Michael Pitt (Funny Games, Dawson’s Creek) as his violent underling. Williams will play the unofficial mayor of Atlantic City’s black neighborhood’s and a friend of Buscemi’s character. Coleman (The Guardian, WarGames) will play Buscemi’s mentor, and de la Huerta (Choke) will play Buscemi’s somewhat wild girlfriend.
Production on the pilot started this week.
Craig wasn’t in the two-part NCIS episode that set up the Los Angeles spinoff, but he’ll join the cast in the fall as a young agent. He was in the cast of CBS’ pilot Washington Field earlier this spring, and after it didn’t go forward, network execs recommended him to NCIS executive producer Shane Brennan, the HR says. Craig also had guest roles on Heroes and The Office last season.
NBC’s 100 Questions, meanwhile, is undergoing some pretty extensive recasting, the HR reports. Lead actress Sophie Winkleman and the two principal male actors, David Walton and series creator Chris Moynihan, are staying, but Elizabeth Ho and Joy Suprano, who played Winkleman’s girlfriends, are gone. So is Amir Talai, who played a counselor at the dating service Winkleman’s character uses.