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TVLine Items: Beast Adds Arrow/Lying Game Actors, True Detectives Launch Date and More

September 6, 2013 Leave a comment
 AnnieIllonzehBoth Beauty and the Beast are in for a blast from the past, when an Arrow actress and a Lying Game alum drop by during Season 2.

Annie Ilonzeh has landed a potentially recurring role on the CW saga, TVGuide.com reports, playing a high school friend of Catherine’s who is now a news reporter tracking a beastly scent.

Blair Redford, meanwhile, will guest-star in an episode as an Army buddy of Vincent’s who becomes “a terrifying opponent and a dangerous threat” to the beast.

Fun fact: Both Ilonzeh and Redford recurred last season on Switched at Birth, albeit separately.

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• True Detectives, HBO’s new right-episode crime drama starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, is slated to bow in January 2014. A full-length trailer for the series — which centers on two detectives whose lives collide during a 17-year hunt for a serial killer — will debut this Sunday ahead of the Boardwalk Empire premiere.

It’s official: Mistresses Alyssa Milano will host Project Runway All Stars‘ third season, launching Oct. 24.

Starz’s new Ron Moore-helmed series Outlander has added Graham McTavish (The Hobbit) and Gary Lewis (Gangs of New York). The project follows a married combat nurse from 1945 who is swept back in time to 1743 and forced to marry another man (played by UK actor Sam Heughan).

Animal Planet has renewed My Cat From Hell for a 16-episode fifth season, to bow in 2014.

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TVLine Items: Jason Priestley Joins CSI No. 300, Pretty Little Fave Visits Baby Daddy and More!

September 5, 2013 Leave a comment
 CSI 300th episode cast JAson PriestleyJason Priestley is bringing some crazy to CSI‘s landmark 300th episode.

The Beverly Hills, 90210 vet joins the faux-flashback-filled milestone as a casino mogul who, after a scandalous turn of events, became a bit of a Las Vegas recluse, EW.com reports.

Priestley joins the installment’s previously cast Bethany Joy Lenz and returning vet Marg Helgenberger.

Season 14 of CSI bows Sept. 25.

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• Lucy Hale will guest-star in a Season 3 installment of Baby Daddy, ABC Family announced Tuesday. Details about the Pretty Little Liars fave’s role are currently being kept under wraps.

Guys With Kids alum Anthony Anderson has been tapped to host Wall of Fame, NBC’s new trivia series. Per The Hollywood Reporter, the actor will emcee the game show, which finds family members correctly answering pop culture-related questions and guessing which celebs on the “Wall of Fame” have answered it correctly, as well.

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TVLine Items: Vampire Diaries’ Sexy Season 5 Sneak Peek, Josh Groban Goes Crazy and More!

August 31, 2013 Leave a comment

Are Silas-as-Stefan and Human Katherine The Vampire Diaries‘ new ‘it’ couple?

A promo for the CW smash’s upcoming fifth season (bowing Oct. 3) indicates as much, with the terrible twosome nursing a mutual attraction — while wet and bubbly in a bathtub!

Press PLAY below to watch their vampy sparks fly, then hit the comments: Are you ready to board this ‘ship?

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• Josh Groban is going to get Crazy with Sarah Michelle Gellar this fall. Per EW.com, the singer/actor will guest-star on CBS’ new fall comedy The Crazy Ones, playing a friend from SMG-alter-ego Sydney’s past.

Comedy Central will livestream its James Franco Roast, which debuts this Labor Day Monday at 10 pm EST. The broadcast will be available via the cabler’s website, mobile site and Xbox 360 app.

Russell Tovey (BBC’s Being Human) has joined HBO’s San Francisco-set dramedy Looking, per The Hollywood Reporter. The project, starring Glee‘s Jonathan Groff, centers on the three Bay Area friends enjoying what life has to offer a new generation of gay men. Tovey plays a wunderkind who has achieved success at a young age.

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TVLine Items: Aziz Ansari Brings His Schtick to Netflix, Wolfgang Puck Visits CSI and More

August 30, 2013 Leave a comment
 AzizAnsari_300Aziz Ansari is teaming with Netflix on his latest stand-up special.

The Parks and Recreation star’s third comedy solo comedy performance, titled Buried Alive, will be available exclusively on the streaming service beginning Nov. 1, The New York Times reports.

Ansari’s first special made its debut on Comedy Central in 2010; the second bowed online via a $5 download in 2012.

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CSI has cooked up a juicy guest spot for celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, TVLine has learned exclusively. He’ll play himself in a Season 14 installment that centers on a food-competition series gone wrong.

• Jeffrey Vincent Parise (Cupid) has joined General Hospital as a man from Sabrina’s past who pops up in Port Charles, Access Hollywood reports. And because this is GH, he also has ties to the city’s seedy underbelly.

• Amy Sedaris (The Good Wife) is headed back to Raising Hope in Season 4, TVGuide.com reports, playing Virginia’s (Martha Plimpton) cousin. Mindy Sterling (Austin Powers) is also slated to guest-star as a “quirky prosecutor.”

• UFC star Chuck Liddell is coming to Bones this season. According to TVGuide.com, he’ll play a tough mixed martial artist who interacts with Booth during an investigation.

• Andrea Roth (Rescue Me, Ringer) has landed a major recurring role in Rogue‘s second season, per Deadline. She joins the DirecTV drama as an FBI agent who butts heads with Thandie Newton’s Grace.

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TVLine Items: Mekhi Phifer Moves Into House of Lies, Outbreak Gets TV Treatment and More!

August 29, 2013 Leave a comment
 House of Lies Mekhi PhiferMekhi Phifer has found a new home on House of Lies.

The ER alum joins the Showtime comedy’s upcoming third season as Dre, a business mogul who hires Don Cheadle’s Marty to help grow his empire, Deadline reports.

Phifer’s most recent TV credits include White Collar and Torchwood.

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• NBC may be headed for an Outbreak. ER executive producers John Wells and Jack Orman are re-teaming on a new medical drama based on the 1995 film, Deadline reports. The project, which has been given a pilot-production commitment at the EPs’ former network, follows a group racing to “contain a lethal virus before it becomes a global pandemic.”

• Lindsey Kraft (Southland, The Mob Doctor) has landed a recurring role on Wayward Pines, Fox’s upcoming M. Night Shyamalan-produced event series, TVLine has learned exclusively. She’ll play Darla, the younger sister of Shannyn Sossamon’s Theresa.

• Will & Grace scene-stealer Leslie Jordan has landed a top-secret role in American Horror Story: Coven. The actor first revealed the casting on his official Facebook page.

• Aussie actor Rick Cosnett has joined The Vampire Diaries‘ fifth season as a biology professor who doesn’t take kindly to Elena and Caroline, EW.com reports. Meanwhile, spin-off The Originals’ latest witch will be played by Alexandra Metz (Chicago Fire). Per Deadline, the character has a hidden agenda that will rattle New Orleans.

• Daryl Hannah will guest-star in a Season 4 installment of Hawaii Five-0, AccessHollywood.com reports, playing a shady real estate agent.

• Bravo has renewed its yacht-tastic docu-series Below Deck for a second season.

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TVLine Items: Ravenswood Adds Grey’s Medic

August 28, 2013 Leave a comment
 Justin Bruening Ravenswood CastSoap stud-turned-primetime scene-stealer Justin Bruening is putting down roots in Ravenswood.

The All My Children/Grey’s Anatomy alum has landed a mutli-episode arc on the upcoming Pretty Little Liars spin-off, per The Hollywood Reporter.

Bruening joins as the titular town’s high school teacher, a kind and generous educator who enjoys a close relationship with his students.

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• To the surprise of no one, NBC and Dick Clark Prods. are looking to bring back Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as hosts of the Golden Globes. Per Deadline, “There are no active conversations between the network and the funny ladies” just yet, but they have received an “informal invitation” to return next year.

Justified‘s Walton Goggins is developing a cop drama with Shield executive producer Adam Fierro for Fox, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Titled Gringo, the project revolves around an American cop who ends up amid cartel wars after moving to Mexico.

• Reeve Carney, who played Peter Parker in Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, has joined Showtime’s eight-episode “literary horror” series Penny Dreadful. Per The Hollywood Reporter, Carney will play Dorian Gray.

• Erstwhile Wonder Woman Lynda Carter will play “a version of herself” in Two and a Half Men‘s upcoming Season 11 (premiering Sept. 26), EW.com reports.

• Another mega-star is coming to play in Andy Cohen’s clubhouse: Lady Gaga has been tapped to appear on Watch What Happens Live on Wednesday, Sept. 11.

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TVLine Items: SOA Gets an Aftershow, Days Recast, Tori Spelling Solves Crime and More

August 27, 2013 Leave a comment
 sons of anarchy season 6 blogSons of Anarchy fans, rev your SAMCRO-obsessed engines.

FX has greenlit After Anarchy, a three-episode online aftershow centering on the Kurt Sutter-created biker drama, The Hollywood Reporter confirms.

Hosted by Chelsea Lately‘s Chris Franjola, the 30-minute series will stream live on FX’s website following Sons‘ Season 6 premiere on the East Coast, as well as after Episode 5 and the season finale.

Sons of Anarchy launches Sept. 10 at 10/9c.

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• Days of Our Lives will replace departing cast member Chandler Massey effective immediately, Soap Opera Digest reports. According to a show spokesperson, the decision was made “due to current storyline and the timely discovery of new talent that the show feels is the right recast for Will Horton.”

• Speaking of Days: Salem siren Nadia Bjorlin will guest-star on the third episode of CBS’ 2 Broke Girls this season as Pam, a model who shows up at the cupcake shop looking for her lost cat — and Max and Caroline have more than an inkling where the cute kitty might be.

• Bill Murray has been tapped to help David Letterman celebrate Late Show‘s 20th anniversary on Thursday, Aug. 29. The big-screen funnyman was both the series’ first guest when it premiered on CBS in 1993 and the inaugural guest on Letterman’s Late Night on NBC in 1982.

Matt Lucas will reunite with his Bridesmaids co-star Rebel Wilson on the comedienne’s new sitcom Super Fun Night. Per TVGuide.com, the Little Britain alum guest stars as Kimmie’s (Wilson) former co-worker.

ABC Family has given the green light to a new pilot exec-produced by and starring Tori Spelling. Titled Mystery Girls, the project centers on an ex-starlet who begins solving crimes with her former costar.

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