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TV News Roundup: Michael Raymond-James Back on ‘Once Upon a Time’; Mark Feuerstein Joins ‘Prison Break’

Michael Raymond-James is returning to ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” and Mark Feuerstein is set to recur on Fox’s “Prison Break” event series. That and more in today’s news roundup…

Casting News

Once Upon a Time” alum Michael Raymond-James will reprise his role as Neal Cassidy in the upcoming 100th episode of the ABC fantasy drama, following the character’s death in season three. Details of his appearance are under wraps, but he’ll appear in the March 6 midseason premiere, which will see our heroes venturing to the Underworld in search of Colin O’Donoghue’s Hook. The news was first reported by TVLine.

“Vinyl’s” Emily Tremaine has been cast as one of the leads in the new Freeform original series “Guilt.” She will play Natalie Atwood, a Boston prosecutor who drops everything after her sister Grace is accused of murder. Her character will question her sister’s innocence and learn how far she is willing to go to keep her out of jail. Tremaine replaces “Arrow” star Katrina Law, who was originally cast in the role of Natalie. “Guilt” is written, created and exec produced by Kathryn Price and Nichole Millard.

Australian actress Laura Brent has been cast as the lead in the CW’s “Transylvania” pilot, Variety has confirmed. In the Hugh Sterbakov-penned project, which is set in 1880, Brent’s headstrong young character goes in search of her missing father, venturing from NYC to Transylvania, where she teams up with a wrongfully disgraced Scotland Yard detective. Together, they witness the births of the most famous monsters and villains in history. The news was first reported by Deadline.

“Revolution” alum Tracy Spiridakos will star in Fox’s pilot “Recon,” which hails from “Vampire Diaries” writer-producer Caroline Dries, Variety has confirmed. The drama revolves around a rookie FBI agent, Alexa (Spiridakos), who is tasked with embedding herself in a suspected terrorist family. Alexander Siddig has also been cast as her target, Omar, a devout Muslim who has no idea the feds have been tracking his every move. Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec are attached as exec producers, along with Dries.

Mark Feuerstein is set to star alongside Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell for Fox’s “Prison Break” event series. According to Deadline, Feuerstein will play Scott Ness, the husband of Sarah Wayne Callies’ Dr. Sara Tancredi, a professor of economics (game theory) at Cornell who is dubious of the government but still has a bit of fight in him when it comes to taking them on. The character will be a new addition to the “Prison Break” world. Feuerstein spent the past eight years starring as Hank Lawson on USA Network’s “Royal Pains,” which airs its final season this summer.

Former “Weeds” co-stars Elizabeth Perkins and Kevin Nealon will share the screen together again on an untitled NBC royal family comedy pilot. Nealon will play King Adrian, the monarch of a country called Modaria known for manufacturing mopeds and tiny cars. Adrian’s son Prince Karl, played by Nico Evers-Swindell, returns home from America after a year in exile. Perkins will play Nealon’s wife, Queen Tuesday. The series is written by Charlie Grandy and exec produced and directed by Amy Poehler.

Executive News

Showtime Networks has promoted Julia Veale to the role of executive VP, business product development and management.

She will continue to be responsible for product strategy, product development and product management for Showtime subscription services across distribution platforms.

“Julia’s unique combination of talents, which blend long-term strategic vision with an uncompromising attention to detail, has helped guide the company’s business and product development efforts for over a decade,” said Tom Christie, Showtime’s COO. “Under Julia’s leadership, Showtime has demonstrated a near flawless introduction of products starting from subscription video on demand many years ago, to the Showtime Anytime TV Everywhere launch and, of course, most recently the Showtime stand-alone streaming service on key Internet platforms.”

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