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Casting Bits: ‘Buffy’ Alum Joins ‘Fear the Walking Dead,’ ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Star Lands ‘Life Sentence’ and More

Lucy Hale signs up for her first post-Pretty Little Liars gig, This Is Us introduces a young Sophie while mysterious roles have been added to a zombie spin-off and a Shonda Rhimes thriller. Read on to find out more.

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Emma Caulfield on Fear the Walking Dead
Emma Caulfield, who played Anya on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, has landed a guest role on AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead. Though the network wouldn’t reveal how long she would be part of the upcoming season 3 or who she will play, TV Line, which first reported the casting, suggests that she will play a villain who will impact Nick and Luciana.
Lucy Hale on Life Sentence
Lucy Hale already has her next gig lined up after Pretty Little Liars, which is currently on its seventh and final season. She will be spearheading Life Sentence, an hour-long dramedy which will air on The CW. Created by Erin Cardillo and Richard Keith, the pilot revolves around a young woman diagnosed with cancer who learns that she’s not dying after all and has to deal with the choices she made when she thought she was going to die.
Amanda Leighton on This Is Us
The Fosters star Amanda Leighton will be making a guest appearance on This Is Us as the NBC drama puts the spotlight on Kevin’s (Justin Hartley) childhood sweetheart, Sophie. In the episode “Three Sentences,” it was revealed that 10-year-old Sophie (Sophia Coto) and Kevin (Parker Bates) grew up and eventually married one another but later parted ways. In the present, Kevin realized that Sophie is the love of his life so he showed up on her doorstep, asking to meet for coffee. According toThe Hollywood Reporter, Leighton will be playing a younger Sophie in the episode “I Call Marriage,” which will explore Kevin’s past relationship.
Brian Tyree Henry on How to Get Away with Murder
Entertainment Weekly reports that Atlanta star Brian Tyree Henry has landed a mysterious guest role on How to Get Away with Murder. Though details about the character are being kept under wraps, it has been reported that the actor will be appearing in the episode “Go Cry Somewhere Else” airing February 9.
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