Casting Bits: 'The Affair' adds Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jordana Brewster joins 'Magnum PI' and More

Casting news alert!

Here are the latest additions to new and returning scripted shows we're covering on our site:

The Affair (Showtime)


Jennifer Jason Leigh (Atypical) has booked a recurring role in the final season.

Details on her role are still under wraps.

Magnum PI (CBS)


Jordana Brewster (Fast & Furious) has booked a guest starring role on the CBS reboot. 

She will play Hannah, "a former CIA analyst who embedded Magnum (Jay Hernandez) and his team in Afghanistan (and bedded the man himself, apparently)." 


Macgyver (CBS)


Levy Tran (Shameless) has been cast in a recurring role following George Eads' exit. 

Tran, whose first episode airs February 15, will play Desiree Nguyen (Desi), "who joins the Phoenix Foundation to protect MacGyver (Lucas Till) and his team on their global missions."

Additionally, Michael Des Barres is also set to return in an upcoming season 3 episode. 


The Rookie (ABC)


Joel McHale (Community) has booked a guest starring role on the cop drama starring Nathan Fillion. 

“He plays a guy in a safe house that Nolan and Tim pair up to protect, basically,” per showrunner Alexi Hawley. 

Michael Trucco (Battlestar Galactica) appear in the same episode as an ADA.

Proven Innocent (FOX)


Adam Busch (Altered Carbon) has booked a recurring role on the freshman drama. 

Busch will play Noah Weiss, "a confident, successful campaign strategist from New York who runs campaigns like a business."


Criminal Minds (CBS)


Criminal Minds has tapped Rachael Leigh Cook (Perception) to guest star in season 15. 

Cook will play Max, a "quirky, kind-hearted, candid woman who strikes up an unusual relationship with Matthew Grey Gubler’s alter ego."

She'll appear in at least 2 episodes of the final season. 


Jane The Virgin (CW)

Sophia Bush (Chicago PD) will guest in the final season. 


When one of your favorite ladies calls you and says “will you come play in an episode for my last season!?” AND that means you also get to play with one of your favorite dudes!? Whelp. You say YES! What a dream come true. Beyond thrilled to be making some comedy alongside two of my favorite world-changers #laughsfordays  Repost @justinbaldoni ・・・ This is a man who is very grateful to be between two women who are literally changing the game. How cool that I get to work with amazing humans like this!? I’ve realized that there’s something about being in the presence of powerful women that actually grounds and calms me. (I mean look at who I married @emilybaldoni ) I’m so grateful that the supremely talented, kind-hearted and bad ass feminist- social justice warrior @sophiabush who I LOOOVE and adore came to play with us on @cwjanethevirgin this week. I can’t tell you who she is playing except that some of you may not be happy about it #canttellyou #sorrynotsorry #thefinalseason #march27

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Hawaii Five-0 (CBS)

Taryn Manning (OITNB) will reprise her role as Mary McGarrett in an upcoming season 9 episode. 


That’s a wrap for me  What a neat, exciting, enlightening, sometimes traumatic but fantastic 7 year journey we had on a 7 year amazing, life changing show @oitnb A forever experience I shall never forget A life changing one I will always remember. All the amazing people I worked with and for, all the feelings we shared and all the time spent. This is for anyone I could not share a goodbye with I do not like goodbyes I am off to another loving and loyal job I am so grateful to have had in Hawaii! My good fam @hawaiifive0cbs #aloha!!! I love you and think of me during the wrap party where goodbyes are shared! I Wish my cast mates, crew, Netflix, Lionsgate, New York, and my beloved team and everyone’s teams for seeing the potential in the show and for winning! I wish a beautiful life and future for all! I Really love you all! Thank you from the bottom of my  #7 #oitnb #netflix #lionsgate #actor #god Maybe one day my cast mates will like my photos and invite me out if I get to be as cool! 

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Dynasty (CW)


Nicolette Sheridan will exit the CW reboot this season. Her role as Alexis Carrington could be recast. 

"Working on the Dynasty reboot and reprising the iconic role of Alexis has been thoroughly enjoyable, but the chance to spend precious time with my terminally ill mother is more important to me right now," Sheridan said in a statement. 

"I am profoundly grateful to Mark Pedowitz (The CW) and David Stapf (CBS) for graciously allowing me to return to Los Angeles to be with her, and I wish them and everyone associated with the show nothing but continued success. I am hopeful that my fans will embrace my successor with as much passion as they embraced me."