Fall TV 2018 Casting: Who's Leaving, Joining, Returning to 42 Network Shows

Keep up with all the new and familiar faces on network TV in 2018-19 with The Hollywood Reporter's fall casting guide.
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When the broadcast networks open the 2018-19 season, odds are good that on any given show, viewers will be seeing some new faces — or perhaps missing some familiar ones or seeing a character from the show's past return. 

Below is a guide to the (numerous) casting changes and additions on broadcast TV in the coming season. Read on for details about more than 100 actors coming and going from 42 series set to air in 2018-19.


Agents of SHIELD

In: Season six of SHIELD won't arrive until summer 2019, but when it does, viewers will see more of Jeff Ward's Deke Shaw. Ward has been promoted to a series regular. It was revealed during season five of the time-jumping show that he's the grandson of Fitz (Iain de Caestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge).  

The Good Doctor

Out: Chuku Modu (Dr. Jared Kalu) won't be back for the show's second season.

In: House alum Lisa Edelstein will reteam with that show's creator, Good Doctor executive producer David Shore, for a recurring part in season two. She'll play an oncologist named Dr. Blaze. Additionally, recurring season one actors Christina Chang, Fiona Gubelmann, Will Yun Lee and Paige Spara will all be season two regulars.

Grey's Anatomy

Out: Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew both departed the show at the end of the 2017-18 season, as Drs. Arizona Robbins and April Kepner left Grey Sloan Memorial to pursue other opportunities.

In: Kim Raver (Dr. Teddy Altman) who was a regular on the series 2010-12, is returning full-time after recurring n season 14.

How to Get Away With Murder

In: After recurring last season, Amirah Vann will be a regular in season five. Her character, Tegan Price, helped bring down Laurel's (Karla Souza) shady businessman father in season four. Rome Flynn, who plays Gabriel Maddox, has also been promoted to full-time status.

Timothy Hutton (American Crime, Leverage) will also be a season five regular. Shondaland omerta prevails at the moment as to details of his character.

Station 19

In: Boris Kodjoe (Code Black) will recur in season two of the Grey's Anatomy spinoff as a veteran firefighter who returns to Seattle after some time away. His approach to the job will clash with that of the regulars in Station 19.



Out: Annabelle Attanasio has departed the show ahead of season three, leaving the role of Cable McCrory, TAC's information expert. The parting is amicable: The show allowed her to step away so she could direct a feature film.

In: MacKenzie Meehan will recur as Taylor, who like Cable is a high-level coder and hacker and lends her skills to the TAC team. She also knows Marissa (Geneva Carr) from a shared stint at the Department of Homeland Security.


Out: Connie Nielsen played the bureau's special agent in charge of the New York Office in the pilot of the Dick Wolf-produced drama — but won't continue beyond that.

In: Sela Ward will join the show in episode two as the new SAC, Dana Mosier.

Hawaii Five-0

In: Rochelle Aytes (Designated Survivor) will recur as a "dangerous" former CIA operative — who also happens to be an old flame of McGarrett's (Alex O'Loughlin). She'll first appear in the season nine premiere.

Louis Gossett Jr. will have a guest role on a Thanksgiving episode as Lou's (Chi McBride) dad. McBride also wrote the episode.

Life in Pieces

In: The Kissing Booth star Joey King (LiP regular Hunter King's sister) will recur as Morgan, a pregnant 17-year-old whose baby Matt (Thomas Sadoski) and Colleen (Angelique Cabral) may adopt.  

Magnum P.I.

In: The Mentalist veteran Tim Kang will return to CBS to play another law-enforcement type. Kang has joined the Magnum reboot as a series regular following the show's pickup, playing a Honolulu PD detective who is no fan of the title character (Jay Hernandez).  


In: UnReal star Constance Zimmer will play one of Christy's (Anna Faris) law-school professors, who turns to her new student for emotional support a little bit too often.


Out: Original castmember Pauley Perrette departed toward the end of the 2017-18 season as Abby left to fulfill a wish of Reeves' (Duane Henry, also not returning), who died protecting her.

In: Diona Reasonover will join the cast for season 16 as Kasie Hines, the NCIS team's forensic scientist. Reasonover appeared in the final three episodes of season 15 as Abby's replacement.

NCIS: Los Angeles

In: Esai Morales will recur as Deputy Director Gaines, who becomes an ally to the L.A. team amid the fallout from the events of the season nine finale (and season 10 premiere).

NCIS: New Orleans

Out: Sonja Percy's time with the New Orleans team is done; Shalita Grant's character was written out of the show late in season four.

In: Necar Zadegan (Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce) will be a series regular, playing a special agent who takes a leadership role on the New Orleans team, while Pride (Scott Bakula) recovers from being shot in the season five finale. She'll stick around after Pride is back on his feet.

Reggie Lee (Grimm) will butt heads with Pride in a recurring role as Assistant Special Agent in Charge Steven Thompson. The source of their conflict comes largely from different approaches to casework.


In (more so): Judd Lormand, who recurred on the show's first season as Bravo team's commandant, Lt. Cmdr. Eric Blackburn, will be a series regular in season two.

Grey's Anatomy alum Samantha Sloyan will recur as Victoria, the wife of SEAL trainer Adam (Michael Irby).


In: Patrick St. Esprit, who appeared in a majority of season one's episodes as Commander Robert Hicks, will be a full-time castmember in 2018-19.



Out: Connie Britton signed just a one-year contract for the series, on which she played a 911 operator. She may guest-star a couple times in season two but has moved on to the lead role in Bravo's drama Dirty John.

In: Jennifer Love Hewitt is joining the cast as the show's go-to 911 operator, Maddie. The character is also Buck's (Oliver Stark) sister. Ryan Guzman has also signed on to play firefighter Eddie Diaz, and Corinne Massiah and Marcanthonee Reis, who play Athena's (Angela Bassett) kids, have been promoted to series regulars.


In: Rhyon Nicole Brown will be a season five regular after making two appearances as Poundcake's (Da'Vine Joy Randolph) daughter last season. Nicole Ari Parker's Giselle will be a regular as well.

The show has also added Katlynn Simone and A.Z. Kelsey in recurring roles. Simone will play a prison social worker whose talent catches Cookie's (Taraji P. Henson) eye; Kelsey plays a record executive.

The Gifted

In: Grace Byers is joining the cast as a mutant named Reeva, who will become part of the Inner Circle. Skyler Samuels (the Frost sisters) will also be part of that group and has been upped to a series regular.

Last Man Standing

Out: Molly Ephraim, who played Mandy, one of Mike's (Tim Allen) daughters during the show's ABC run, won't be back for its revival at Fox. Neither will Flynn Morrison, who played Mike's grandson Boyd. Kaitlyn Dever also won't return full-time, though she may make guest appearances.

In: Molly McCook (The Ranch) and Jet Jurgensmeyer will take over as Mandy and Boyd.

Krista Marie Yu (Dr. Ken) will recur as Jen, an exchange student from China who lives with the Baxters and develops a bond with Vanessa (Nancy Travis).

Lethal Weapon

Out: In one of the biggest shake-ups of the spring, the show fired co-lead Clayne Crawford after a couple of on-set incidents involving fellow castmembers (reportedly Damon Wayans, the show's other topline star) and crew.

In: Seann William Scott signed on at the 11th hour, ensuring a third-season pickup. He'll be playing a different character than Crawford's Martin Riggs. Maggie Lawson (Psych) will recur as an ER doctor and the ex of Scott's character, with whom she has a child.

The Orville

In: Jessica Szohr, late of Shameless and Twin Peaks, will be a regular on season two, playing a new member of the Orville crew. Szohr's fellow Gossip Girl alum Leighton Meester will guest-star in an episode.

The Resident

Out: Moran Atias (Renata Morali), Merrin Dungey (Claire Thorpe) and Melina Kanakaredes (Dr. Lane Hunter) are not returning for season two.

In: Jane Leeves will be a series regular as Dr. Kitt Voss, a renowned orthopedic surgeon who's new to Chastain Park Memorial Hospital.

Jenna Dewan will recur as a medical-device sales rep who starts to become disillusioned with her business.

Daniella Alonso will recur as the mother of two kids who are patients at the hospital seeking treatment for chronic illnesses.

Additionally, Malcolm-Jamal Warner (Dr. A.J. Austin) and Glenn Morshower (Marshall Winthrop, Conrad's father), have been promoted to full-time roles.


In: Brandy Norwood, who appeared in six episodes last season as Carlotta's (Queen Latifah) sister Cassie, will be a full-time member of the cast in 2018-19. Her character will have a "toxic" relationship with Chad Michael Murray's Xander, a real estate developer. Murray will recur.

Also, telenovela star William Levy is joining the show as a regular, playing a media mogul named Mateo Ferrera. Camila Banus (Days of Our Lives) will play his wife, Nina.



In: Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio will recur in the mystery drama's fourth season. Just what role she's playing, however, is being kept quiet until she appears onscreen.

Ennis Esmer, who plays the wonderfully named Rich Dotcom, has been upped from a recurring part to a series regular.

Chicago Fire

Out: Monica Raymund, who has played EMT Gabriela Dawson since the show's launch in 2012, won't be back for season seven.

Chicago Med

In: Molly Bernard (Younger) and Colby Lewis will recur as third-year medical students starting their clinical rotations. Bernard's character, Elsa Curry, is intense and at times overconfident; Lewis' Terry McNeal is a former football star who decided to pursue medicine instead of the NFL.

Additionally, Heather Headley will continue the role she began late in season three as the hospital's new COO.

Chicago PD

Out: Elias Koteas filmed his last episode in the season five finale as his character, Alvin Olinsky, was killed.

In: Anne Heche is staying in the NBC fold after the cancellation of The Brave. She'll play Katherine Brennan, a deputy superintendent in the department and potential foe for Voight (Jason Beghe) who's looking into the fallout surrounding Olinsky's death, including the shooting of a suspect.

The Good Place

In: Kirby Howell-Baptiste (Killing Eve) will recur as a neuroscientist who works at the same university where the returned-to-Earth Chidi (William Jackson Harper) teaches. He'll seek her help so see if something is amiss in his brain.

Also, Mike O'Malley will play the Doorman, who watches over the portal between Earth and The Good Place.

Law & Order: SVU

In: Former Scandal regular George Newbern will recur as a doctor who has a past with Detective Rollins (Kelli Giddish) — not all of it good. He'll try to make amends for that as the season progresses.

Dylan Walsh will also make multiple appearances as "a self-made man…who is respected by his community and looked up to by his children," so his character is probably hiding something awful.

Sandrine Holt will recur as a clinical psychologist who consults with the Manhattan DA's office on cases.

Midnight, Texas

In: Season two of the supernaturally inclined drama is adding three recurring players. Jaime Ray Newman (The Magicians) and Nestor Carbonell (Bates Motel) will play the owners of a new hotel/New Age healing center in Midnight. UnReal's Josh Kelly will also recur as a demon hunter with an "intense connection" to Joe (Jason Lewis).

Saturday Night Live

Out: Luke Null has left the show after one season as a featured player.

This Is Us

In: Lyric Ross has been upped to a full-time member of the cast as Deja, the foster child Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) brought into their home in season two.

Melanie Liburd will also be a series regular as Zoe, Beth's cousin and Kevin's (Justin Hartley) flash-forward girlfriend.

Michael Angarano (I'm Dying Up Here) will recur as Jack's (Milo Ventimiglia) younger brother as the show delves more into Jack's past, including his time serving in Vietnam.

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Out: Original castmember Paul Blackthorne (Star City detective-turned-mayor Quentin Lance) is not returning. Willa Holland (Thea Queen) is also leaving, though the door is open for her to make guest appearances.

In: Former regular Colton Haynes (Roy Harper/Arsenal) is back in the fold, even though his character's true love, Thea, has left. Season seven will also bring a new group of villains collectively named the Longbow Hunters. They are Red Dart (Holly Elissa), Kodiak (Michael Jonsson) and Silencer (Miranda Edwards). Previous Arrow baddies Michael Jai White (Ben Turner/Bronze Tiger), Derek Sampson (Cody Runnels) and Danny "Brick" Brickwell (Vinnie Jones) are set to return.

Black Lightning

In: Jordan Calloway has been promoted to a full-time member of the cast for season two. The star athlete-turned-metahuman will see more action as his alter ego, Painkiller, as well as beef up his storyline opposite China Anne McClain's Jennifer.


Out: Nathalie Kelley (Cristal) has said she won't be returning to the show.

In: Telenovela star Ana Brenda Contreras (Por Amar Sin Ley) will play the "real" Cristal in an appropriately soapy bit of recasting, which per The CW had been in the works for some time.

Nicollette Sheridan, who joined the show late in season one as Alexis Carrington, is sticking around for season two as a full-time member of the cast.

The Flash

In: Chris Klein will cause trouble for Team Flash in season five as Cicada, whose family has been torn apart by metahumans and who is out to pick them off one at a time. The character won't hew too closely to the comics version but will present a new challenge to Barry (Grant Gustin) and Co.

Additionally, Jessica Parker Kennedy (Nora, Barry and Iris', Candice Patton, daughter from the future), Hartley Sawyer (Ralph Dibny) and Danielle Nicolet (Cecile) have been promoted to series regulars. Kyle Secor will recur as Caitlin's (Danielle Panabaker) long-absent father.


In: NBA legend (and THR columnist) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will play a zombie named Zed — who's also one of just two Seattle City Council members not to have fled before the wall went up. His counterpart on the council is a human, and therefore government has pretty much ground to a halt, leaving Peyton (Aly Michalka) more or less in charge of running the city.


In: Karen David (Once Upon a Time, Galavant) will recur as Emma Tig, a witch and guidance counselor at the Salvatore School. She's a reliable sounding board for students but has yet to make inroads with headmaster Alaric (Matthew Davis), who most needs to talk things out.

Legends of Tomorrow

Out: Keiynan Lonsdale is no longer a regular, but you'll still catch him in another part of The CW's shared DC universe: His Kid Flash makes an appearance on the season five premiere of The Flash.

In: With magical creatures now part of the Legends world, the team needs a guide. Enter Alaska Yu (Ramona Young, Santa Clarita Diet), a "walking encyclopedia" of fantastic beings. Tom Wilson (Back to the Future) will recur as Nate's (Nick Zano) father, a Defense Department and military veteran.

Matt Ryan's John Constantine will also be a regular presence on the show, as will Jes Macallan's Ava Sharpe and Courtney Ford's Nora Dahrk.


In: Golden Globe and SAG Award nominee Penelope Ann Miller will be going after Archie (KJ Apa) — legally. She's playing a prosecutor who's determined to bring Archie to justice for murder, even though he's been framed.

Vanessa Morgan (Toni Topaz) and Charles Melton (Reggie) have been upped to series regulars.

The show's Breakfast Club-referencing '80s flashback episode will feature a member of the movie's cast: Anthony Michael Hall will guest-star as Riverdale High's principal.


Out: The show has said goodbye to Mon-El (Chris Wood), whose arc on the show was at an end. Jeremy Jordan's Winn won't be around as much either, though Jordan is still likely to have a recurring role.

In: Supergirl is breaking ground by casting Nicole Maines to play TV's first transgender superhero. Maines' character, Nia Nal, has a fierce drive to protect others, which will lead to her becoming the superhero Dreamer. The show has also added Smallville alum Sam Witwer as Agent Liberty, the head of an anti-alien hate group and promoted Jesse Rath (Brainiac-5) to series regular.

Additionally, Bruce Boxleitner will recur as vp of the United States; Rhona Mitra will play Mercy Graves, Lex Luthor's former bodyguard and another anti-alien activist; and Robert Baker will play Mercy's brother and enforcer, Otis.