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As first reported over at Deadline, former NCIS cast member Lauren Holly will recur through the third season of the newly-acquired Netflix series as Lynn Harper, wife to President Tom Kirkman’s new Chief of Staff Mars Harper (Anthony Edwards). She’s someone who could have a meaty story as she battles opiate addiction. Her problem first begin with back surgery; the addiction seems to have spawned as a result of that.
Where this story gets somewhat interesting, at least to us, is that drug addiction and reform is often a big political platform for many Presidents, or at least it is while out on the campaign trail. With this particular character, Kirkman and his Chief of Staff do have an up-close-and-personal example of just how much this hits home. This means that we could be getting a particularly notable (and timely) story throughout the third season and that is definitely something that we are eager to see the writers explore. Kirkman certainly has been through his fair share of hardship already, so we certainly think that he can navigate any issues that come his way throughout this.
As for some other news when it comes to season 3…
Benjamin Watson, previously known for The LA Complex, is also going to recur as the new Digital Officer at the West Wing named Dontae Evans. He is a gay black man who wants to do his part in order to ensure that the Kirkman Administration does not forget about the rights of minorities, whether it be African-Americans or people within the LGBTQ community. This is another character who could give this season its own modern feel, which is critical since we are entering an era of politics where these sort of issues have to be at the forefront.
These bits of casting information are nice to have as we see this series doing everything that it possibly can in order to construct a fascinating narrative for itself when the new batch of episodes premieres. At the moment, Netflix looks to be bringing the show on board in 2019, and we certainly hope that it does enough to succeed and get a season 4. One of the things that we are certainly realizing at the moment is that Netflix is not being altogether shy when it comes to canceling shows at the moment — they’ve done it already to The Good Cop, American Vandal, Luke Cage, and more.
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