Casting roundup: Big adds for Titans, Supernatural, Charmed and more

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Feb 21, 2018, 6:33 PM EST (Updated)

Only days after DC announced it had cast Bruno Bichir as Doom Patrol leader The Chief (aka Niles Caulder, Ph.D.), it’s locked in another big casting decision for the forthcoming Titans series … and let’s just say they’re being super-flexible with this one.

Drop Dead Diva actor April Bowlby has been inked to play none other than Elasti-Girl (aka Rita Farr), according to Entertainment Weekly. Bowlby is perhaps best known for her six-year turn as Diva’s Stacy Barrett, as well as a lengthy stint as Kandi on Two and a Half Men. The move inches DC and Warner Bros. that much closer to nailing down the remaining members of the Doom Patrol, and indicates that showrunner Geoff Johns must be serious about giving fans of the comics the screen version of the Doom Patrol they’ve been clamoring for.

Titans will launch on Warner Bros.’ new DC-themed digital streaming platform, which is slated to make its debut sometime later this year. 

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April Bowlby in Drop Dead Diva (Credit: Sony Pictures Television)

Meanwhile, over at The CW, both Supernatural and the Charmed reboot have scored new cast members. 

Now in its 13th season, Supernatural is bringing back Chad Rook to play the angel Zachariah in the show’s increasingly bifurcated system of parallel worlds. Kurt Fuller played Zachariah in the prime world; Rook will inhabit the same character, now, in the alternate one.

It’s not Rook’s first appearance on the series; he’s got plenty of experience under his belt playing Desmond during Season 8’s vampire arc, as well as an appearance in Season 6’s "Mommy Dearest" episode.

The CW hasn’t revealed much yet about how Zachariah will factor into its story, but we do know he’s being enlisted to help the archangel Michael invade Sam and Dean’s reality — so expect Rook’s take to be a wicked one, as his tweet celebrating the casting move suggests.

We’re slightly past the Season 13 halfway point, so there’s plenty more to come. Supernatural airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

The CW is also cementing the cast for its all-new take on Charmed, the witchy cult favorite that enjoyed an eight-year run on the old WB network back in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The newest addition is a big one, too: According to Deadline, Melonie Diaz (The Breaks, Fruitvale Station, The Cobbler) has been signed to play Mel Pruitt, one of the three sisters at the center of the story. The other two sisters, Macy and Madison, have yet to be cast.

The CW describes Mel Pruitt, a lesbian in her mid-20s, as a “strong-willed feminist” who “becomes angry, defiantly unkempt, even violent,” in the wake of a tragic accident that alienates her from the people closest to her.

As you may notice from the names, the reboot will feature totally new characters instead of revisiting the stories of Prue, Piper, and Phoebe Halliwell from the original series. The fresh take will find Charmed treading into present-day social commentary, with The CW describing the reboot as a “fierce, funny, feminist” series in which the sisters juggle “vanquishing supernatural demons, tearing down the patriarchy, and maintaining familial bonds.”

The CW hasn’t indicated when the new Charmed will air, so stay tuned for updates.

melonie diaz in The Cobbler

Melonie Diaz in The Cobbler (Credit: Image Entertainment)

In the streaming world, Netflix has just cast Tiffany Haddish to voice one of two lead characters for an original animated comedy titled Tuca and Bertie, which is being cooked up by the BoJack Horseman creative team. Haddish has previously appeared in the 2017 comedy Girls Trip.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new series will launch with 10 episodes and follow the lives of two “bird women” (yes, you read that right) who live in the same apartment complex. Haddish will play Tuca, who’s a Toucan, and she’ll pal around with Bertie, a songbird whose vocal talent hasn’t yet been cast. Netflix hasn’t revealed when the show will debut.

Still with us? Good; here’s one more: Deadline also reports that CBS has landed Javicia Leslie (MacGyver) and Suraj Sharma (Life Of Pi) to play Ali Finer and Rakesh Sehgal, respectively, in its upcoming supernatural drama-comedy God Friended Me.

The show will reportedly be an hourlong existential take on “questions of faith, existence, and science,” according to Deadline, and is pitching Ali Finer as a “bright, compassionate and opinionated” character who’s working on a psychology Ph.D.; and Sehgal as an amiable “video game enthusiast, coder and sometimes hacker.”

Both Finer and Sehgal befriend and support Miles (Brandon Micheal Hall), the show’s main character, who gets seriously weirded out when it appears that God (yes, that God) has friended him on Facebook — even though Miles is a devoted atheist.

For now, CBS has committed only to a pilot episode of God Friended Me, and there’s no early word on when it might air. We’ll be keeping an eye out, and will pass along any fresh info as it comes across.