•• CBS’ “American Gothic” is adding to its cast. The straight-to-series drama has enlisted Virginia Madsen to co-star, The Hollywood Reporter has learned, with Matt Shakman set to direct the pilot.
Set to air in the summer, American Gothic centers on a prominent Boston family attempting to redefine itself in the wake of a chilling discovery that links their recently deceased patriarch to a string of murders spanning decades, amid mounting suspicion that one of them may have been his accomplice.
Virginia Madsen will play Madeline, a warm, intelligent Boston matriarch who is fiercely protective of both her family and her social standing. She joins a cast that also includes Justin Chatwin, Megan Ketch, Antony Starr, Juliet Rylance, Stephanie Leonidas and Gabriel Bateman.
Corinne Brinkerhoff (The Good Wife) will pen the script and executive produce alongside Amblin’s Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank (The Americans, Under the Dome, Extant), James Frey and Todd Cohen.
Virginia Madsen’s credits include her Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated role in Sideways and TV parts on Witches of East End, Hell on Wheels and more. Repped by UTA and Untitled, she can be seen onscreen in Jennifer Lawrence’s Joy.
Shakman’s directing credits include Fargo, Mad Men and The Good Wife. American Gothic is expected to join fellow rookie BrainDead, from The Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King, and returning drama Zoo on CBS’ summer schedule.