David West Read assembled a fine cast for his show, displaying the good taste to finally cast Chris O’Dowd as the lead in a comedy. But O’Dowd is only part of the picture. As Deadline reported in 2022, Apple added several series regulars, including Gabrielle Dennis (“Rosewood,” “A Black Lady Sketch Show”), who will play Dusty’s wife Cass, while Djouliet Amara portrays their “bright, sarcastic” daughter, Trina.
Elsewhere, Crystal Fox (“A Fall from Grace”) will appear as Izzy, Cass’s mother and mayor of Deerfield. Meanwhile, TikTok star Sammy Fourlas plays high school student Jacob, who’s grappling with his identical twin brother’s death. As Read revealed in his /Film interview, Fourlas had “never done TV before,” but was “unbelievably great on this show,” with the showrunner characterizing his cast as a “hodgepodge of people from all different backgrounds and experiences.”
The series also features Damon Gupton (“Bates Motel”) as high school chaplain Father Rueben, while Ally Maki (“Hacks”) appears as bartender Hana, alongside Josh Segarra (“Arrow”) as Giorgio, a restaurant owner and Deerfield’s former star athlete. As well as showrunning, Read is executive producing, and “The Big Door Prize” is produced by Skydance Television and CJ ENM/Studio Dragon. Apple has also confirmed that Anu Valia (“She-Hulk: Attorney at Law”), Molly McGlynn (“Bless This Mess”), Todd Biermann (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Jenée LaMarque (“Dead To Me”), and Declan Lowney (“Ted Lasso”) are directors on the show.
And that’s all we have on “The Big Door Prize” for now. If anything else breaks between now and the March 29 release date, we’ll update you ASAP.