•• Elizabeth Perkins has signed on to play Janet Malone, the mother of the Pearson matriarch played by Mandy Moore. The Emmy-nominated Weeds actress will be seen in flashback scenes when Rebecca is an adult. (Another actress was briefly seen as Rebecca’s mom in an episode 5 flashback that featured Rebecca as a child.)
The Big star whose recent TV credits also include How to Get Away With Murder, How to Live With Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life), and The Closer will appear in at least one episode that will air later this season. Perkins and Moore both starred in the 2002 dramedy All I Want.
The season 1 guest roster of This Is Us has featured Gerald McRaney, Katey Sagal, Brad Garrett, Janet Montgomery, and Jami Gertz. Upcoming familiar faces include Sam Trammell, Denis O’Hare, and Jimmi Simpson.
This Is Us airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
•• Former Weeds co-stars Elizabeth Perkins and Kevin Nealon are reuniting on another comedy project, NBC’s untitled royal family comedy pilot (aka Dumb Prince) written by Charlie Grandy and executive produced and directed by Amy Poehler.
The comedy is set in the country of Modaria, known for the manufacture of mopeds and tiny cars, where the Faber family has ruled for generations. Prince Karl, fka The Dumb Prince (Nico Evers-Swindell) returns home from a year’s exile in America after having passed out at the coronation of his seemingly hapless father, King Adrian (Kevin Nealon). Elizabeth Perkins will play his wife, Queen Tuesday. Also previously cast in the pilot are Tim Baltz as Prince Marco, the King and Queen’s second son, and Jessie Ennis as Princess Jana, the youngest child of the royal family.
Amy Poehler, Dave Becky, and Brooke Posch executive produce with Grandy. Elizabeth Perkins, who earned two Emmy nominations for her role on Weeds, will next be seen in the female Ghostbusters movie. Kevin Nealon was recently seen in Ghost Squad. Both are repped by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
•• Great News for all her fans. Weeds alumna Elizabeth Perkins has been tapped for a co-starring role on TNT’s Untitled Miami Project from Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay. Written by Masters Of Sex creator/executive producer Michelle Ashford, the serialized character drama is set in the wild and unpredictable world of the Florida drug trade in the 1970s. Perkins will play Josephine “Jojo” Nickel, all peroxide and cleavage with a penchant for gambling at the dog track, who raised her son, Bobby as a single mother. A true local with deeply Southern roots, Jojo now has her own ambitions: Bobby’s father-in-law, Corwin. Perkins, whose role on Showtime’s Weeds earned her three Emmy nominations, is repped by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment.
ONE CHILD tells the story of a young Chinese-born woman, Mei (Leung), adopted at birth by a couple in the UK, who suddenly gets called back to her native Guangzhou by her birth mother. Her son Ajun – and the brother Mei never knew existed – has been wrongly accused of murder and is facing execution. The real killer is a rich Chinese ‘princeling’ with a well-connected, wealthy father who has corrupted the witnesses into lying.
Elizabeth Perkins and Sumpter play Katherine, an American and Jim Ashley, Mei’s adoptive parents who are challenged to both let her visit her birth mother while protecting her from the pain of meeting the woman who once rejected her. Mei must struggle with who she is in order to decide where her loyalty lies.
When Mei lands in China and begins to witness the criminal justice system through western eyes, she discovers the dichotomy between rich and poor – the connected and the unconnected – and the corruption which forms the bedrock of its governing institutions.
Penned by Guy Hibbert (Eye in the Sky, Five Minutes of Heaven) this emotionally-gripping, dramatic thriller plunges into the heart of contemporary China – in all its contradictions – and takes a fresh, cross-cultural look at what it means to be family.
ONE CHILD is a deeply affecting work that delves into the heart of a human struggle. It tells the story of an ordinary young woman who is plunged into a situation that challenges her to her core,” said SundanceTV President, Sarah Barnett. “It takes viewers on an immersive journey across the globe and shines a bold spotlight on the complexity of family dynamics and personal identity.”
ONE CHILD is executive produced by Hilary Salmon for BBC Productions. The project is a BBC Drama production for BBC Two, co-produced with SundanceTV (deal brokered by Drive in conjunction with BBC Worldwide North America), and distributed by BBC Worldwide.
•• As previously reported, Elizabeth Perkins was guest-star on the acclaimed drama “How To Get Away With Murder” and new stills from 01×04: “Let’s Get to Scooping” episode have been added to the photo gallery. Also, screencaptures of Elizabeth as Marren Trudeau from same episode were just added to the photo gallery. The previews below guide you to the new images added. Enjoy!