TV Tidbits: Jamie Bell and Gillian Anderson Book Pilots

Jamie Bell AMC Pilot

Billy Elliot is no Longer Mad: Good news for the formerly twinkle-toed Jamie Bell — Billy Elliot himself has been cast as the lead in AMC’s first period drama, Turn. The show will focus on Bell, a New York cabbage farmer, who bands together with a group of friends in 1778 to become a band of unlikely spies that help Amerikuh get independent. It’s based on the book Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy Ring  by Alexander Rose. [EW]

X-Files Star Returns to the FBI: Gillian Anderson has been cast as the older sister to FBI agent Susie Dunn (666 Park‘s Rachael Taylor) in an untitled NBC pilot from writer-executive producer Rand Ravich. The show will be an “emotionally charged action thriller” set in DC, and will center on a Secret Service agent charged with protecting the President’s son, who is later kidnapped along with Dunn’s biological daughter, who is being raised Anderson’s character. [Deadline]

Supernatural Has a Full-Time Angel: After years of flip-flopping between recurring and regular status on the show (5 to be exact), fan-favorite Misha Collins (the angel Castiel) has been updated to regular status, again, on Supernatural. He’s been recurring since the show’s sixth season, and announced the switch — as he often does — on Twitter.


Runs In the Family: Prince Michael Jackson, the 16-year-old son of Michael Jackson, will make his acting debut in the Season 5 finale of The CW’s 90210. Jackson will play a trauma victim named Cooper who bonds with Silver about the precious, fleeting nature of life. [THR]

Summer Fun: Gillian Anderson’s not the only TV vet heading back to the small screen this year. Six Feet Under and Brothers & Sisters star Rachel Griffiths has signed on to star as a newly single camp director named Mackenzie Greenfield in NBC’s 10-episode summer camp-set series, Camp. [Deadline]

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