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Casting: Smollett and Howell Find New Roles

January 22, 2013
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Jurnee Smollet

Three bits of casting news came about in the past few days that was exciting enough for me to want to share. Jurnee Smollet, former Friday Night Lights co-star and the young lady who played the titular role in one of my favorite movies, Eve’s Bayou, was cast in the new NBC drama Do No Harm, playing the daughter of Phylicia Rashad’s chief of staff at the hospital in which the story takes place. She’s signed or a three-episode arc Do No Harm is the story of a brilliant neurosurgeon who happens to have Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID, just like Vicki Buchanan on One Life to Live). Do No Harm premieres Thursday, Jan. 31 at 10/9c after 30 Rock‘s one-hour series finale.

No sooner was that announcement made than a second piece came out about Smollet: she’s signed on as a series regular for the sixth season of HBO‘s True Blood. Her character, Nicole, is described as “a do-gooder who possesses the rosy outlook of someone that life hasn’t beaten down yet. She’s not concerned with money and more concerned with the doing what’s right.” Sounds like someone who will die before season’s end. We all know the mortality rate on that show.

And the third bit of casting came via a Twitter conversation with my good friend Maria Howell, who currently is juggling a role in the new Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire, and her recurring role on the number one new show of the year, NBC’s Revolution. She has been cast in Marc Cherry’s Devious Maids, which was slated for a fall debut on ABC but wasn’t picked up by the network. Lifetime swooped in and will begin airing episodes sometime early this year. The show’s executive producer is former Cherry find, Desperate Housewives‘ Eva Longoria.

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Maria Howell

 

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