A&E’s The Andromeda Strain TV Mini-Series Gets its Cast

First it roped in Benjamin Bratt, and now “The Andromeda Strain” mini-series, the A&E Channel’s stab at big-time TV (with a whopping (at least for cable TV) budget of $15 million), has added additional names to its cast. Rick Schroder, Eric McCormack, Andre Braugher and Christa Miller have all been called into service. It’s great to see Schroder, who I’m still hoping returns to “24” for a second season, while anything with Braugher is bound to be good, or at least very decent. The mini-series will be directed by Mikael Salomon, who is no stranger to TV mini-series work, counting among his impressive filmography directorial chores on two episodes of the fantastic “Band of Brothers” for HBO.

Originally based on the novel by Michael Crichton, the 1971 original starred Arthur Hill, David Wayne, and James Olson as scientists called in to contain a deadly outbreak in the Southwest when a satellite crashes back to Earth, carrying with it a deadly strain of alien virus.

No word on how much the mini-series will divert from the original movie.