Casting: Alan Cumming coronated on Doctor Who; Bronson Pinchot set to annoy Sabrina

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Mar 9, 2018

Casting news makes the entertainment world go around, and today we've got a couple of interesting adds to two of the shows we're most excited about.

Alan Cumming has confirmed (prematurely, if you're the BBC) that he will have a guest spot in an upcoming episode of Doctor Who. The Scottish actor, who played Nightcrawler in X-Men 2, let slip the casting news on the Homo Sapiens podcast. "I’m about to go and do an episode of Doctor Who, I’m so excited," he said. "I’m a nice baddie, I’m James I, so I’m kind of like a dandy, foppy sort of coward who kind of comes alright in the end. And they said he might come back." King James I is the first monarch to sit on the throne of England following Queen Elizabeth I's death in 1603.

Cumming will face the Thirteenth Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker - the first time a woman has taken the role. The season is due to premiere on BBC America later this year.


Meanwhile, Bronson Pinchot will join Netflix's The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. He will be a recurring character, George Hawthorne, the villainous, Puritanical principal of Sabrina's high school.

According to Deadline: "He is a constant thorn in Sabrina’s side, always trying to thwart our heroine and her friends’ escapades." The show stars Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men, The Blackcoat's Daughter) as Sabrina in this take on the Archie Comics series. A spinoff of The CW's Riverdale, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a dark coming-of-age tale with an occult and supernatural spin.

Pinchot is best known as the goofy immigrant cousin Balki on the 1980s sitcom Perfect Strangers. He has also appeared in several Beverly Hills Cop movies, and had a week-long run on the soap opera The Young and the Restless. His genre credits include a role in the 1995 miniseries The Langoliers, and playing The Prankster in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.