*Joshua Henry is reporting for duty on “Army Wives.”
The actor, along with Burgess Jenkins, are set to recur on the upcoming seventh season of Lifetime’s military-based series. Both have options to become regulars if the veteran drama goes to Season 8, reports Deadline.
As previously reported, part of the series’ mini-revamp included the addition of three actresses as new regulars – Ashanti, Torrey DeVitto and Elle McLemore as original cast member member Kim Delaney is departing and Sally Pressman is scaling back from a series regular to recurring.
Henry, a Tony nominee for Broadway’s The Scottsboro Boys, will play the role of Quincy, Latasha’s (Ashanti) husband. Jenkins will play Maggie’s (DeVitto) husband, staff sergeant Eddie Hall.
*Before ratings for ABC’s “FlashForward” plummeted, the writers had planned to follow through on its pilot prophecy of killing off FBI agent Demetri Noh (John Cho), according to Gabrielle Union, who played Demetri’s fiancé, attorney Zoey Andata.
“Then I was supposed to avenge his death in Season 2 by representing defendants against the FBI whom I blamed for his death,” Union tells TV Guide.
But John’s popularity led the writers to keep him alive, thus limiting Zoey’s storyline to the point that she wasn’t even included in the series finale.
“Certain storylines got shortchanged,” shrugs Union, who blames the show’s cancellation on the difficulty of trying “to sell quantum physics when you have the Olympics going on.”
It’s onto the next one for Union, as she heads to South Carolina this month to play an outspoken asexual cop named Gina Holt on the Aug. 15 episode of Lifetime’s “Army Wives.”
As previously reported, the episode will double as a pilot for a possible 2011 spinoff starring her character along with recently divorced wife Pamela (Brigid Brannagh)
Union, whose mom is a real-life Army wife, says, “All the butts I wanted to kick on FlashForward and all of the bad guys I wanted to bring to justice, I’ll now get to do as this new character — but with a sense of humor. Gina views these Army wives as extra-terrestrials. She has no concept of breast-feeding, sore nipples or child care.”
*Gabrielle Union has been cast in what Lifetime is calling an “embedded pilot” for a spinoff to its original drama “Army Wives.”
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the network has been developing a “Wives”-inspired crime drama during recent months under executive vp entertainment JoAnn Alfano. The project now moves to the next level, with Lifetime airing a special “Wives” episode near the end of the current fourth season that will set the stage to launch the potential series.
In the episode, “Wives” regular Pamela Moran (Brigid Brannagh) returns to her former career and becomes a detective with the Atlanta police department. Union will play her partner, Detective Gina Holt.
Embedded pilots have become an increasingly common way to shoot without significantly adding extra costs.
Union recently played Zoey in ABC’s “FlashForward” and also was featured in NBC’s “Life.”