In today’s TV news roundup, “Chicago P.D.” star Jon Seda is heading off to “Chicago Justice” full time. Plus, Wyclef Jean will appear in an episode of “Law & Order: SVU,” and there’s been a casting shakeup on USA Network’s pilot “Damnation.”
Dick Wolf’s “Chicago” franchise is playing a game of musical chairs, moving “Chicago P.D.” star Jon Seda over to “Chicago Justice” full time, Variety has confirmed.
Seda, who plays Antonio Dawson on “P.D.,” will reprise his same character on “Justice,” the newest show in NBC’s mega-franchise, which is set to debut midseason in 2017. On the legal drama, Dawson will now be an investigator for the DA’s office who will be partnered with fellow investigator Lori Nagle (Joelle Carter), Deadline reports. He will also star alongside Philip Winchester and Carl Weathers.
“Justice” marks Seda’s third show in the “Chicago” franchise. He started on the flagship series “Chicago Fire,” and then was spun-off to “P.D.”
ABC is developing a political family comedy, starring Felicity Huffman, co-written by “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris and producer Vijal Patel.
The untitled single-cam comedy, first reported by Deadline, is about politically divided spouses. The show follows two opposing pundits, who are rivals on their show “Black & Wright” — and who also happen to be married. Despite their differences (one’s black, one’s white; one’s left, one’s right) at work, the couple has to turn conflict into compromise when it comes to raising their kids. Huffman, who is also attached as an exec producer, will play the wife. The husband is yet-to-be-cast.
Barris and Patel are both under overall deals at ABC Studios, which is producing the comedy. Huffman has long been in the ABC family, currently starring on “American Crime,” which is heading into its third season, and as an alum of the network’s “Desperate Housewives.”
Grammy Award-winning rapper Wyclef Jean is set to guest star in an upcoming episode of “Law & Order: SVU” airing this fall, NBC announced on Wednesday. The episode, called “Bad Rap,” will feature Jean as a big time music producer whose newest client becomes embroiled in an assault case.
Aden Young (“Rectify’) will no longer star in USA Network’s pilot “Damnation,” Variety has learned. Young was set to topline the 1930’s set drama, which follows a man pretending to be a preacher who wants to launch an uprising in a small town in Iowa. The starring role will be re-cast, but the shakeup will not impact production, which is still set to begin this upcoming Monday. (An insider close to the project says Young’s character was not set to begin shooting until later in the season.) Logan Marshall-Green will still star in the pilot, along with the rest of the previously announced supporting cast.
History has announced it will mark Veterans Day with a four-hour marathon of docuseries “Warfighters” from executive producer Peter Berg. The series, driven by first-person accounts (over 90 veterans participated in the production), chronicles recent U.S. Special Operations Forces missions in the global war on terror. Berg will host the marathon, alongside veteran Special Forces Green Beret Bert Kuntz. Four back-to-back episodes will air Friday, Nov. 11 starting at 8 p.m.