Casted will most likely tickle the funny bones of any forlorn actor who has auditioned with one self-absorbed jerk of a casting director. The web series chronicles the daily auditioning life of Derek Riffchyn, “the greatest casting director in the world.” Riffchyn is a venerable nightmare, played by Jonathan Togo who is best known as the dashing Ryan Wolfe on CSI: Miami. Togo went all-out nerding himself up to play Riffchyn, and clearly enjoys taking jabs as the ruthless character.
Vassar college buddies Justin Long, and show director, Will Carlough, round out the team behind the show. Togo endlessly insults his assistant Long as the Riffchyn character, throwing punches like “If I am you, and I am not you… I am NOT you, I would be worried about the man breasts.” Like any good straight man, Long takes the insults in stride.
Of the creation of the show, Carlough nonchalantly says, “It all started a few years ago. Justin met Sam Rockwell and convinced him to do a [Batman-inspired] short film, Robin’s Big Date [above]. That made the internet rounds, and to all of our surprise went to Sundance. So we decided to make another short.”
Casted was born, but Carlough felt the plot tying all the auditioning actors together wasn’t working, so he threw it up on Youtube as a series. As far as more episodes, or a plan for Casted, Carlough says, “assuming there was a plan for Casted is giving us all a little too much credit. We just made it in the hopes that people would like it. We never thought further ahead than that.”
Carlough himself has a plethora of content on his website, redheadedleague.com. As far as more collaborations his old college buddies, Carlough is currently working on a web series starring Togo for Comedy Central. He also has a project with all cronies involved that he can’t yet talk about, so stay tuned for more on that one.