CBS has hired casting directors for four of its new primetime series for the 2012-13 television season, including three dramas and one comedy, Back Stage has confirmed.
Mark Saks is casting "Elementary," a drama set in New York City that offers a modern take on the Sherlock Holmes mysteries. Jonny Lee Miller stars as the famous detective, with Lucy Liu as sidekick Joan Watson. Saks was hired for the series after casting the pilot, which was also shot in New York.
Sheila Jaffe and Gail Goldberg are casting "Vegas," a drama starring Dennis Quaid as Ralph Lamb, a cowboy who became a Las Vegas sheriff in the '60s and spent the next 20 years making enemies in the mob. The series is based on a true story and also stars Michael Chiklis, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Jason O'Mara. Shoot dates are TBD in New Mexico. Jaffe and Goldberg cast the pilot as well.
The new legal drama "Made in Jersey," starring Janet Montgomery as a working-class woman who uses her street smarts to compete with her colleagues at a top law firm, will be cast by Julie Tucker of Tucker/Meyerson Casting. In addition to filling in the rest of the cast, one of Tucker's first tasks is to recast a key role that was played by Pablo Schreiber in the pilot. Tucker also cast the pilot – formerly titled "Baby Big Shot" – with her casting partner Ross Meyerson. The series will shoot in New York, but production dates are TBD.
Julie Ashton is casting "Partners," the new comedy starring David Krumholtz and Michael Urie as two lifelong friends, one straight and one gay, who become business partners. The cast also includes Sophia Bush and Brandon Routh. The series will be shot in Los Angeles, but dates have not been confirmed. Ashton cast the pilot episode, which was also shot in L.A.
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