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News Roundup: ‘Gossip Girl’ Alum Leighton Meester Cast in Fox Comedy, ‘Revenge’s’ Dilshad Vadsaria in ABC Pilot

In today’s TV news round-up, a “Revenge” alum has joined another ABC project, plus “Gossip Girl” alum Leighton Meester is making her way back to TV…

CASTING:

Dilshad Vadsaria will appear in ABC’s drama pilot “Notorious,” which is based on the true-life stories of famed criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and cable news producer Wendy Walker, Variety has learned exclusively.

Vadsaria has a guest role in the pilot, and she joins previously announced series regulars Piper Perabo, Daniel Sunjata, J. August Richards and Kate Jennings Grant. The “Revenge” and “Greek” alum will play Sarah Keaton, the gorgeous wife of an Internet tycoon, who has a secret past that’s coming back to haunt her.

Most recently, Vadsaria starred on Fox’s Frankenstein-inspired drama “Second Chance,” which was never officially cancelled, but was moved to Friday nights shortly after its low-rated debut. She is repped by Kass Management and the Kohner Agency.

Leighton Meester is returning to TV. The “Gossip Girl” alum will star in “Making History,” Fox’s time-travel pilot from Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Julius Sharpe. Meester will star opposite Adam Pally in the comedy, which follows three unlikely friends who find an even less likely way to travel through time, irreversibly complicating their personal lives in 2016, as the great moments of the past collide with today’s popular culture, with hilarious and quite disastrous results.

Holt McCallany has been cast as the lead in Netflix’s “Mindhunter” from David Fincher and Charlize Theron. The crime series is an adaptation of John Douglas and Mark Olshaker’s book of the same name, which recounts profiling techniques Douglas developed during his experiences as a top FBI investigator of serial killers and rapists.

PREMIERE DATES:

Serena Williams documentary “Serena” will debut on Epix on June 22 at 8 p.m., marking its world television premiere. The feature-length doc gives unprecedented access into William’s world, exploring the pressures that come with being a star althlete.

“’Serena’ is a personal journey during which we are privileged to follow one woman’s incredible march to achieve a level of greatness that so few tennis players have achieved in the history of the sport,” said Epix president and CEO Mark S. Greenberg. “The film presents us with a captivating vision of this world-class athlete while offering the viewer rare insight into what makes Serena Williams the person she is beyond the court. ‘Serena’ transcends the world of tennis and is sure to fascinate viewers across the country.”

Williams commented, “2015 was a defining time in my life and career. I think my story will be relatable to audiences whether you love tennis or not. It’s a story of perseverance, failure and triumph. It’s the most intimate I’ve ever allowed myself to be on film. It was a scary, but ultimately really gratifying experience, which I’m hoping inspires others to pursue their dreams. I’m really grateful to Epix for this incredible opportunity and the care they’ve shown me. Can’t wait for you all to see it.”

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