Meghan Ory To Star In CBS’ ‘Intelligence’, Robert Buckley Cast In ‘Holding Patterns’

EXCLUSIVE: Once Upon A Time‘s Meghan Ory has been cast as the female lead opposite Josh Holloway in CBS’ drama pilot Intelligence, which co-stars Marg Helgenberger. Also joining the pilot, created/executive produced by Michael Seitzman, exec produced by Rene Echevarria and Tripp Vinson and directed/exec produced by David Semel, is P.J. Byrne. For Ory, who is a regular on Once, Intelligence is in first position. Both Once and Intelligence are produced by ABC Studios, which allowed the flexibility. After recurring heavily on Season 1 of Once, Ory was promoted to regular in part because of interest for pilots she received last season. Her character Ruby has not been as prominently featured in this season’s storylines as it was last season. Intelligence is centered at U.S. Cyber Command and focuses on a unit that has been created around one agent (Holloway) with a very special gift — a microchip has been implanted in his brain that allows him to access the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Ory, repped by Gersh and Canada’s Pacific Artists, will play Riley O’Neil, an ex Secret Service taking on the challenge of protecting the nation’s top intelligence asset. Byrne, repped by Michael Greene & Associates, Principato-Young and attorney Michael Mahan, plays Nelson, a computer scientist working with Gabriel (Holloway) and Lillian (Helgenberger). He is the son of a computer genius who is struggling to make a name for himself.

666 Park Avenue alum Robert Buckley has been cast in NBC’s comedy pilot Holding Patterns, from writer Justin Spitzer, Peter Traugott’s TBD Prods and Universal TV. It is an ensemble multi-camera comedy about a group of friends whose lives completely change after they survive a plane crash. Buckley, repped by Interlink Management and WME, plays one of them, Chad, Griffin’s (Humphrey Ker) and Leah’s (Chyler Leight) arrogant, misogynistic friend, now a successful chick-lit author who returns home for the wedding. Buckley joins 666 Park Ave. co-stars Dave Annable and Rachael Taylor, who also have booked pilots.

Comments (9)

  • Ory was one of my faves on Once. It is a shame how much her role has been but on the back burner on Once because of the writers making the show all about Rumple. I hope ‘Intelligence’ works out for her. I also the Once writers learn there lesson about as squandering the talent.

    Comment by Anonymous — Monday March 11, 2013 @ 9:01am PDT  
  • Sounds interesting :) can’t wait to see buckleys work

    Comment by Stephani — Monday March 11, 2013 @ 9:26am PDT  
  • Good lord, is that really the concept?

    Comment by jer — Monday March 11, 2013 @ 9:33am PDT  
  • Oh no! What does this mean for Ruby/Red Riding Hood? D: I mean, I’m happy for Meghan that she’s getting a lead in a new show, but Ruby is one of my favorite Once characters. Hell, she’s one of EVERYONE’S favorite Once characters.
    I can’t really blame her for wanting to move on, though. Even though she was promoted to main cast for the second season, she’s actually gotten less screentime than she did in season one, when she was just a recurring character. I hope we will still see her occasionally, and she won’t become one of those Once characters that disappears with no explanation (e.g. Kathryn/Abigail, Cinderella/Ashley).

    Comment by Emma — Monday March 11, 2013 @ 9:48am PDT  
  • It means Ruby/Red will get even less screen time than before and should Intelligence work out she may disappear all together. I say it’s a good change considering how after her ‘promotion’ to series regular Meghan has been under-utilized by the show-running PRICKS

    Comment by Dean — Monday March 11, 2013 @ 1:42pm PDT  
  • Ory was boring on once and most likely will be boring on this new show too. She has nowhere near the chops to hold her own against Josh Holloway. Once was wise to phase her out…

    Comment by Hmmmm — Monday March 11, 2013 @ 2:07pm PDT  
  • I’m so happy for Meghan Ory! I wish her all the best.

    Comment by LL2 — Monday March 11, 2013 @ 3:37pm PDT  
  • When will diversity ever play a part on shows like this? Meghan is bland. I would have rather seen an exotic type in this role. There are great actresses out there who add something original and unexpected. CBS is famous for leaving them out. Not gonna watch this show if it makes it on the air.

    Comment by Tom soaunters — Monday March 18, 2013 @ 7:33pm PDT  
  • Where is the show “Intelligence” starring Josh Holloway going to be filmed?

    Comment by Judith Carpenter — Wednesday May 22, 2013 @ 7:41pm PDT  
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