Some casting news to report from some of the competing pilots at HBO. First, David Simon’s new project Treme, is reportedly in talks to cast Steve Zahn (Saving Silverman) in a lead role. He would join the already-cast Kim Dickens (Deadwood), Clark Peters (The Wire), Khandi Alexander (CSI: Miami) and Wendell Pierce (The Wire).
Second, Martin Scorsese’s pilot of Boardwalk Empire, has cast Oscar-nominee Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road). He is just another addition to an already all-star cast which includes Michael Pitt (The Dreamers), Vincent Piazza (Rescue Me, The Sopranos), Kelly MacDonald (No Country for Old Men) and Steve Buscemi (The Sopranos, Fargo).
Winter Is Coming: Both of these pilots look to be certain series pick ups for HBO. Great casts, great producers, writers and directors. I’m sure they will both be good shows so I hope HBO has room for these two plus Thrones.
Another interesting thing I’ve noticed about these casts is the amount of HBO veterans. This might bode well for the chances of Stevenson, McKidd, Skarsgaard and other popular fan suggestions at getting cast.