'Southland,' 'Friday Night Lights' and 'Parenthood' add cast members
On "Southland," former "Prison Break" inmate Amaury Nolasco will move to the other side of the law as Lydia's (Regina King) new partner, according to The Hollywood Reporter. His gung-ho attitude will drive Lydia to distraction.
What Nolasco's casting means for Tom Everett Scott, who played King's partner last season, is unclear at the moment (though it can't be especially good, given that the character was shot in the final episode of the spring). NBC has said it's making some changes to the second-year cop show, retooling to focus more on King's and Ben McKenzie's characters. That could mean that other characters, including Scott's, will be marginalized or written out altogether.
On "Friday Night Lights," Jurnee Smollett will play a character named Jess. She's the daughter of a former NFL player who helps her dad raise her younger siblings. Whether Jess is enrolled at Dillon high or at Coach Taylor's (Kyle Chandler) new school, East Dillon, remains to be seen.
Smollett's credits include "The Great Debaters" and "Gridiron Gang." "Friday Night Lights" begins its fourth season on DirecTV in October and will hit NBC sometime next year.
Finally, NBC's midseason show "Parenthood" has added Joy Bryant ("Virtuality," "Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins") to its cast. The HR says she'll play a single mom who moves back to the Bay Area to restart a dance career and introduce her son to his father. Presumably at least one of those things will bring her into contact with the Braverman family, the clan at the center of the show.