Casting Bits: Donna's Ex-Boyfriend Cast on 'Suits,' Annette Bening out on 'American Crime Story' and More
Casting Bits: Donna's Ex-Boyfriend Cast on 'Suits,' Annette Bening out on 'American Crime Story' and More
Derek Stauffer
Derek Stauffer
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
The Fall TV season is almost here and with it comes a lot of casting news. Suits has enlisted another human-sized obstacle in Donna and Harvey's romance. American Crime Story is receiving a drastic overhaul, including the ouster of some major stars. The Walking Dead has cast an actor for a mysterious role. Lastly, a new bad boy is coming to Riverdale while a new villain is joining The Flash.


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Riverdale
Casts Veronica's Bad Boy Ex

Riverdale announced at San Diego Comic Con that Veronica's ex-boyfriend would appear in season 2. Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, a face (and name) can be put to the character. The Good Wife actor Graham Phillips has been cast as Veronica's ex, Nick St. Clair. Phillips is set to appear in two episodes of the show's second season.

Talking about Nick, Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said, "Nick is an old classmate of Veronica's from New York, and despite his parent-pleasing veneer, he is a wolf in sheep's clothing: a hard-partying Lothario with dark desires and an unchecked sense of privilege. His arrival in Riverdale will threaten Archie's relationship with Veronica, and may even put some of our characters at risk."

Sarah Paulson in, Annette Bening out on American Crime Story

American Crime Story's upcoming retelling of Hurricane Katrina has hit more than a few bumps in the road. It was originally slated to be the second season of the anthology before being replaced with a season about the murder of Gianni Versace. Now there is another big replacement on the way. 

Deadline is reporting that the season is radically revamping its cast. The big news now is that Sarah Paulson, who won an Emmy for her work in the first season of American Crime Story, has been cast and movie star Annette Bening no longer has a role. Paulson will not be taking over the same role as Bening. She will be playing Dr. Anna Pou, a real-life physician who euthanized critically injured patients in the aftermath of the storm. Bening was set to play Louisiana's governor Kathleen Blanco. 

In addition to Bening leaving her role, Dennis Quaid and Matthew Broderick are also out. The two were going to play President George W. Bush and Michael Brown, respectively. The roles of all three actors will now be recast. 

Jay Harrington Joins Suits as Donna's Ex

The chances of Harvey and Donna getting together on Suits just got slimmer. According to The Hollywood Reporter the USA drama has cast Better Off Ted star, Jay Harrington, as Donna's ex-boyfriend. Harrington will join Suits for two episodes as Mark Meadows. 

There is not much known about Mark, other than the fact he will be "charming and handsome." He is also meant to become a bit of a rival with Harvey, at least when it comes to the sexual energy between himself and Donna. 


Flash Villain Hazard Cast for Season 4

There is another villain to be added to The Flash's rogues gallery. Variety reports that Sugar Lyn Beard has been cast as Rebecca Sharpe, otherwise known as the villain Hazard. Beard will appear in the third episode of The Flash season 4 and it sounds like her metahuman abilities will run amock with Team Flash.

Hazard has the ability to change probabilities in her favor. This means she can pretty much do whatever she wants because luck is constantly on her side. The show is set to show Rebecca Sharpe before she gains her powers when down on her luck and believing her life is "cursed," as well as after the "freak accident" changes everything for her. 

Avi Nash Joins The Walking Dead in Mysterious Role

The Walking Dead has been rapidly expanding its cast in the past few years and now another actor has joined the show. Comicbook.com reports that Avi Nash, from the Barack Obama bio-pic Barry, has joined the upcoming season of the zombie epic. AMC was tight-lipped about who Nash is playing and how much he might be involved in the season, whether it be a series regular or even a guest star role. 

However, a casting call did go out for a Muslim-American character named Abbud. The Walking Dead has been known to hide characters' real names for comic book fans so it's speculated that Nash will be playing a character named Siddig from the comics. In the comics, Siddig is one of the male survivors from the Oceanside community. Oceanside was introduced in The Walking Dead season 7 as an all-female community whose men had been killed by Negan's Saviors. 

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