ABC’s Once Upon a Time in Wonderland has called upon a very cool cat and voice work veteran, Keith David, to voice its Cheshire Cat.
Alice’s feline foil will first “appear” (or, you know, not) in the premiere episode of the Once spin-off’s freshman season.
Elsewhere “behind the scenes,” John Lithgow (3rd Rock from the Sun) voices Wonderland’s White Rabbit, while The Who’s Roger Daltrey is reprising his Once role as the hookah smoking Caterpillar.
In addition to David’s on-camera work on TV series (such as the upcoming Fox comedy Enlisted, The Cape and ER) and on the big screen, his extensive voiceover resume includes the Saints Row and Marvel’s Heroes videogames, narrating History’s The Bible miniseries and Community‘s “Pillows and Blankets” episode, and the animated series Gargoyles and Spawn.
Wonderland premieres Thursday, Oct. 10 at 8/7c.
The ABC drama has tapped Gil McKinney (Supernatural, Friday Night Lights) to play the pivotal role of Prince Eric in a multi-episode Season 3 arc, TVLine has learned exclusively.
Prince Eric is, of course, known for being the love interest of mermaid Ariel, who will be portrayed by JoAnna Garcia Swisher (Reba, Privileged). Both characters will debut in this season’s sixth episode, appropriately titled “Ariel.”
Though little has been confirmed about Once‘s wrinkle on Ariel’s fish tale, the smart money says that our Storybrooke travelers bump up against the lass while braving the island of Neverland — perhaps cuing up a flashback to the “trouble” Regina once had with a certain mermaid. (Is the Evil Queen also Ursula? Discuss.)
McKinney played Dean and Sam’s paternal grandfather on Supernatural. He also appeared on the final season of Friday Night Lights as Julie’s T.A./love interest.
Once Upon a Time returns Sept. 29 at 8/7c.
Chase will play Luke, a country music star who just might capture Rayna’s hurting heart on the ABC drama, TVLine has confirmed.
The Tony nominee left a starring role in the forthcoming musical theater adaptation of Little Miss Sunshine to take the Nashville gig, according to Broadway.com, which first reported the casting.
Nashville showrunner Dee Johnson recently hinted to TVLine that “Rayna does get involved with… a musical star of equal or greater stature, which proves interesting.”
At the moment, ABC isn’t releasing any information about how long Luke will be in Ms. Jaymes’ orbit — or how/whether he’ll compete with Oliver Hudson’s businessman, who also may squire a post-Deacon Rayna.
Smash fans will remember Broadway vet Chase as Michael Swift, Julia’s lover who — for a time — played Bombshell‘s Joe DiMaggio. Bottom line: The guys got the pipes for the Nashville gig.
Chase’s other TV credits include The Good Wife, Necessary Roughness, White Collar and Rescue Me.
Nashville‘s second season bows Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 10/9c.