We’ve got good and bad news for fans of the Emmy-nominated series This Is Us. Series regular and Emmy-nominated actor Ron Cephas Jones will no longer be a series regular on this show because he has joined Apple’s new series Are You Sleeping.
According to Deadline, Jones has joined the already star-studded cast, in which Reese Witherspoon is producing and Oscar winner Octavia Spencer will star. The good news is that Jones will continue to appear on This Is Us in flashbacks, the only difference now is that he will not be credited as a series regular. In other words, the show will operate the same as it has been and will continue to use Jones’s William in flashbacks to move the storyline forward. We don’t want fans to think William will never be seen again, because he will, just maybe not as often.
In his new role, Jones is set to play Leander “Shreve” Scoville, Poppy’s father. Poppy Parnell,an investigative reporter behind a hit true-crime podcast, will be played by Octavia Spencer. Her character looks to uncover the truth behind a decades old questionable murder verdict through her podcast. The show will also explore “America’s obsession with true-crime podcasts and challenges its viewers to consider the consequences when the pursuit of justice is placed on a public stage.” From a viewers’ standpoint this show intrigues us because while we can think of some shows it reminds us of, that’s all it does. It simply reminds us of other shows because there’s nothing quite like it out there right now. We all have our favorite detective, murder-mystery shows, but this one is adding the element of technology in the form of a podcast. Reading the synopsis of the series, we were immediately wondering when the show is scheduled to premiere.
In addition to Spencer, Jones will join Aaron Paul, Lizzy Caplan, Elizabeth Perkins, Mekhi Phifer, Michael Beach, Tracie Thoms and Haneefah Wood. Paul will play Warren Cave, a convicted murderer and subject of Poppy’s podcasts with Caplan set to play Josie and Lanie, twins whose father was murdered by Cave. Perkins will play Cave’s mother, Melanie, while Phifer will portray Markus Knox, a former detective and long time friend of Poppy, and Beach has been cast to play Ingram Rhoades, Poppy’s husband. Finally, Thoms will play Desiree Scoville, Poppy’s older sister, and Wood will play Cydie Scoville, Poppy’s younger sister. These actors will serve as the main cast for the series.
Little is still known to us at this time, but once we have more information we will share it with you. For more information, be sure to visit this link.
This article was written by Samantha D’Amico. If you want to follow her on Twitter, you can do so at SAM_iamXO. (Photo: NBC.)