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Friday Forum: '17th Precinct' Wish List?


We have three pieces of the cast puzzle in place now for 17th Precinct; in addition to Jamie and Stockard Channing, yesterday it was announced that the terrific Eamonn Walker (Oz, Kings) has been cast as DCI Wilder Blanks. So we thought it'd be a good time to post a Friday Forum thread and have a little fun while we await further details. ;)

What would your wish-list for 17th Precinct be? - by which we mean, how would you like to see the creative forces continue to take shape? Who are some actors you'd love to see cast in this mix, for a specific role (if you are familiar with the pilot script) or just in general? What about writers who might make a good addition to the staff if the show gets a series pick-up?

I'm a little hesitant to ascribe any particular actors to particular parts, for a start because I haven't read the complete script yet. But that said, I sat down and banged out a short list of actors I love who don't seem to have major conflicting project that would prohibit their participation, and before I knew it the short list was 20 deep. :) I'm sure I could come up with more, but just for a start I had:

- Clancy Brown
- Victor Garber
- Carl Lumbly
- David Anders
- Merrin Dungey
- Robin Weigert
- Kim Dickens
- Rebecca Mader 
- Alicia Witt
- Zuleikha Robinson
- Jeff Fahey
- James Badge Dale
- Arliss Howard
- Sean Maher
- Melanie Lynskey
- Gina Torres
- Reiko Aylesworth
- James Morrison
- Paget Brewster
- Sasha Roiz

If it weren't for juggling work emails as I type this, I'd probably still be adding to that list. ;) I should also note that my personal preference would be for more familiar BSG faces to appear, but I'm a little skeptical of the idea of having the principles in addition to Jamie be regulars here, too. Seems to me like they'd be setting themselves up for unnecessary criticism if too many of the main players were returning from RDM's previous big tentpole show; maybe one more, but two more would be pushing it. That said, having some of them turn up for really juicy guest arcs would be fab. (And before dramaturgca says it, yes, I expect Mark Sheppard will turn up at some point as he is contractually obligated to do so. ;) And this would coincidentally also make me teh happy.)

As far as writers go, I expect this will be a testier topic as pertains to the BSG staff; though there are wildly conflicting feelings about the writing on BSG; I think there are probably a few writers who worked on the first few seasons that it would be foolish to dismiss entirely as viable, even enticing, prospects for this show. ;) Toni Graphia, who wrote eps like "Bastille Day" and also worked with RDM on Carnivale and Roswell, popped into my head immediately. Also Jeff Vlaming, whose BSG stuff I like and IMO did some superlative work last season on Fringe… and there's Anne Cofell Saunders, who penned the "Pegasus" arc and who may be free once Smallville is done and dusted. And I'd love to see them bag Zack Whedon (whose work on Rubicon was flipping' excellent, see also: Fringe).

I'm not even going to get started on directors (yet - though one of you is welcome to) or I'll not get any work done at all. ;) Go ahead, discuss...

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kaitlia777 From: kaitlia777 Date: February 26th, 2011 12:31 am (UTC) (Link Me)
I’ll totally second:

- Alicia Witt
- Sean Maher
- James Morrison
- Paget Brewster

And add:

-Kavan Smith
-Nicholas Lea
-Kelly Hu
-Charisma Carpenter
-Conner Trinneer
-Michael Biehn
-Mark Hildreth (if V doesn’t get renewed for season 3)


I’ll probably think of more, but that’s it for now. :)
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: February 26th, 2011 04:02 am (UTC) (Link Me)
MICHAEL BIEHN. Has he ever done a regular series slot? Yes please. Now.

Also, yes to Nick Lea, as I understand his committments elsewhere *cough* may not be so much of a consideration... ;)
kaitlia777 From: kaitlia777 Date: February 26th, 2011 04:30 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Michael, yeah he was on the Magnificent Seven TV series back in the late 90's and on a show called Adventures Inc. and a bad cop show called Hawaii...

Yes, I love him, lol!

As for Nick...are you referring to his character's fate on V? LOL, cuz that freed him up and I'd love to see him on a show every week :)
asta77 From: asta77 Date: February 27th, 2011 03:55 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
We can always use more Nick Lea on TV.

I saw Paget Brewster on stage not to long ago and she really impressed me. Plus she has the procedural experience. I totally could see her on the show. :)
dramaturgca From: dramaturgca Date: February 26th, 2011 08:01 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Actors:
*Katee Sackhoff
*Alan Tudyk
*Jaime Murray
*Mark Sheppard
*Allison Janney
*Kari Matchett
*Michael Trucco
*Bradley Whitford
*Fran Kranz
*Ed Quinn
*Christian Anholt
*Josh Malina
*Anastasia Griffith (NOT as Susan)

Writers:
*Terry Cafolla
*Thompson and Weddle
*Christine Boylan
*Amy Berg
*Jane Espenson
*Drew Greenberg
asta77 From: asta77 Date: February 27th, 2011 04:02 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Terry is definitely on my list! He has both the procedural background and the fantasy background with Camelot. :) I also wouldn't mind seeing Emilia try her hand at something a bit outside the norm for her. They both write for Jamie so well. :)

I loved Jane's work on Buffy and Firefly, but not so much on BSG. She's just not a good fit with Ron's vision, imho.

You don't want to see Anastasia as Susan? ;p I would love to see her work with her brother. Hopefully, they'll be a role for her at some point. Yes, I'm being optimistic about a series pick-up. :)
esmerelda_t From: esmerelda_t Date: February 26th, 2011 11:34 am (UTC) (Link Me)
While I was a bit sceptical about 'supernatural cop show' when I first heard about it, from what little I've read I've warmed to the premise a lot and think it could be the sort of show I'd really enjoy.

Here comes the 'but' though. :P

I really don't want to see them cast anymore BSG people. To use Joss Whedon as an example, he very much casts to his audience, which on one level is great for that audience, but it's also IMO a symptom of why commercial success post Buffy/Angel has eluded him. Every thing's too insular and to be honest, too fanboyish.

Other than that my only wish is they try to make the show as realistic and gritty as possibly, I don't really want to watch Charmed with 150% more cops!. I'm getting old and cranky and with each passing year my patience for stuff I deem goofy dwindles. I am cautiously optimistic it won't be goofy though...

asta77 From: asta77 Date: February 27th, 2011 04:11 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I would actually be OK with one more BSG actor being cast. I think Tricia has the potential to a good Morgana. But any more than two actors and lines start becoming blurred. And Tricia, for instance, had very little screen time with Jamie. Now, I know I'll raise the ire of some, but I would not want to see Katee cast on the show because people's minds will go to Lee and Kara. Casting Eddie or Mary would also may be a mistake.

One of my problems with Caprica was they cast so many people from BSG, even if they were only supporting players on BSG, that it became a distraction. And then to be told, 'Oh, no, they are no relation to the other characters they played. Their casting doesn't mean anything.', was problematic given what we knew of the BSG universe.

So, yes, I hope Ron shows restraint in casting actors he has already worked with.
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 26th, 2011 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Lee Pace
Nick Stahl
Alisen Downs
Aaron Douglas
Clea Duvall
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 26th, 2011 04:25 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
JEFF: Henry Ian Cusick
SUSAN: Mia Kirshner
MORGANA: Erica Durance
JIMMY: Scott Porter
LIAM: Victor Garber
asta77 From: asta77 Date: February 27th, 2011 04:04 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I would wholeheartedly support any Friday Night Lights actor being cast on the show.
asta77 From: asta77 Date: February 27th, 2011 04:38 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
When i read the sides, I had envisioned Gary Cole for Wilder, but a) he's signed to another pilot and b) I am VERY happy with the casting of Eamonn. I've been a fan of his since Oz. And while it's unfortunate it still has to be said, kudos to Ron for being color blind in his casting of a lead role. This is on top of, once again, creating a strong female lead character and introducing (unless it changes) a character (Liam) unlike any other we've seen on TV.

I'm also very excited the show is nabbing respected actors and names in the TV industry. It improves it's chances of a series pickup over the similar Grimm.
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 20th, 2011 01:40 pm (UTC) (Link Me)

Law & Order: UK

Hello there! You left me a comment on my blog a long time ago and I only discovered it today! Here are the answers to your questions: The series is called Law & Order: UK (rather than London) and I believe it is now running in the US. I'm sorry to say that I didn't have any scenes with Jamie Bamber - a shame really as he does look rather dishy!


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