August 4, 2009 / 5:00 AM / 10 years ago

Trio of actresses cast in cable TV projects

Actress Swoosie Kurtz, star of the new television series 'Pushing Daisies', arrives for a screening of the program at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, California August 16, 2007. REUTERS/Fred Prouser

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Two veteran actresses have booked new TV gigs.

Swoosie Kurtz has joined the Lifetime comedy series “Rita Rocks” in a recurring role, and Brenda Vaccaro has been added to the lineup of “You Don’t Know Jack,” HBO Films’ biopic of Jack Kevorkian.

“Rita Rocks,” which has been renewed for a second season, stars Nicole Sullivan as an overworked mom leading a garage band. Kurtz, who most recently co-starred on ABC’s “Pushing Daisies,” will play her mom.

“Jack” follows the rise of Kevorkian (Al Pacino) as he builds his “mercy machine” and sets out to perform assisted suicides. Vaccaro will play his doting sister, Margo Janus.

In another HBO casting, Jennifer Ehle has been added to the pilot “Game of Thrones,” an adaptation of the George R.R. Martin fantasy-book series. Ehle will play Catelyn Stark, Ned Stark’s (Sean Bean) wife who originally was betrothed to Ned’s older brother. When the older brother was killed, she fulfilled her duty by marrying Ned and securing the alliance between their two houses.

Editing by dean.goodman at Reuters

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