NBC is real busy casting its upcoming genre drama pilot from comedy actor Michael McDonald, working to give “Beautiful People” life.
The Peacock has added Andrea Parker, Jud Tylor, Megalyn Echikynwoke, Madisen Beaty and Cody Christian to the cast which already includes “Six Feet Under” and “American Horror Story” star Frances Conroy.
“Beautiful People” is set up in a world where humans and androids live together, but where the machines are treated like second class citizens. It’s a project McDonald has been trying to put together since his days on Fox’s former weekend sketch show, “MadTV,” according to Deadline.com.
Parker got her start as eye candy in shows like “Married … With Children” and “Earth Girls are Easy.” However, she started to establish herself in acting through a 10-episode stint on NBC’s popular “ER” in the mid-1990s and later played a lead role as Miss Parker in “The Pretender” through 2000. She most recently played Jane in five episodes of ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” last year.
Parker will play Roberta, a wealthy mom who finds herself in trouble when her daughter, played by Beaty, befriends a machine played by Christian.
Echikunwoke played Cassie Robinson in the 2006 “Supernatural” episode “Route 666,” but is probably best known to genre fans as the rapidly aged Isabelle Tyler in USA Network’s “The 4400.” She also appeared in nearly two dozen episodes of “CSI: Miami” as well as the new cable series “House of Lies.”
Echikunwoke plays the boss of attorney Gregory, played by James Murray, another son of Conroy’s character.
Tylor is a character actress that has appeared in a number of shows over the years, including “Seven Days,” “Andromeda,” “Smallville” and “Ghost Whisperer.”
Beaty first gained prominence as the 10-year-old version of Daisy in 2008’s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” She also appeared in and episode of “No Ordinary Family” in 2010.
Christian is another young actor who has most recently appeared in “Pretty Little Liars” as Mike Montgomery. He also played the “screaming boy” in the 2008 “True Blood” episode “Sparks Fly Out.” He plays the son of a mechanical servant David, played by Patrick Heusinger.
Conroy plays Lydia, the widow of the man who created the Mechanicals, and is mixed up with the drama and intrigue set to surround trying to make machines more equal in society.
Shooting is expected to start within the next couple months, with NBC making a decision on the fate of the show by late spring.