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News Briefs: A Breaking Bad Fave Is Enrolling at Greendale Community College

I GUESS HE’S NOT IN BELIZE AFTER ALL

Jonathan Banks, most recently seen on Breaking Bad and Parks and Recreation, has been cast in a recurring role on Season 5 of Community. He’ll play Pat Nichols, a criminology professor with a background in the military and police work. Banks is signed on for 11 episodes and is first slated to appear in the second episode of the season. Considering the fact that Michael Kenneth Williams’s professor charactor got to say Omar’s famous “A man’s gotta have a code” line from The Wire when he guest-starred in Season 3, what do you think the Community writers will do to honor Breaking Bad? [Entertainment Weekly]

 

BUSINESS TIME

… NBC has renewed Hollywood Game Night for a 10-episode second season. The series, created by Sean Hayes and hosted by Glee‘s Jane Lynch, gives regular, people like you and me the chance to hang out and play games with celebrities.  [NBC via press release]

… Is it possible that the world has collectively stopped caring about Lindsay Lohan and her ongoing struggles? Her post-rehab interview with Oprah Winfrey scored only modest ratings for Winfrey’s network, clocking in at just around 900,000 viewers on Sunday evening. To be fair, the world was really busy watching Walter White attempt to clean up his life at that exact same time, so Lohan probably never stood a chance anyway. [Variety]

… Starz’s imported BBC miniseries Dancing on the Edge will premiere October 19 at 10pm following the finale of The White Queen. The five-part series, which will then continue to air on Saturdays at 9pm, follows the story of a group of Black jazz musicians—the Louis Lester Band—as they rise to stardom in London during the 1930s. It stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Matthew Goode, Jacqueline Bisset, and John Goodman.  [Startz via press release]

… AMC’s Low Winter Sun must be really terrible if it can’t even hold half its lead-in from one of the most highly anticipated final seasons of a television series ever. LWS only managed a 0.5 rating in AMC’s target demo on Sunday evening, bringing in a paltry 1.5 million viewers. Considering Breaking Bad pulled in 4.8 million viewers (down from 5.9 million for last week’s premiere) and scored a 2.4 rating in adults under 50, well that’s saying something. And believe me, it isn’t saying anything good. [Vulture]

 

CASTING NEWS

Justified‘s Timothy Olyphant is headed to Fox’s The Mindy Project to romance everyone’s favorite doctor. Just kidding, no one likes doctors. Olyphant will play a professional skateboarder who almost runs Mindy over in Union Square. Naturally, this leads to a date because Mindy lives in a world that most of us only dream of living in. [E! Online]

… Marg Helgenberger is returning to CSI for the show’s landmark 300th episode. No, that’s not a typo; the series really is about to reach 300 episodes. Helgenberger left the series in Season 12 (still not a typo), but will appear once again via a series of recreated flashbacks that take the cast back 14 years, to a fictional cold case that has resurfaced in the present day. [TV Line]

… Rob Corddry is reprising his role as Jeff Winger’s law-firm buddy Alan Connor in Community‘s Season 5 premiere. There’s not much info out there about what brings him back to Greendale, but one might assume it has something to do with Jeff returning to campus after graduating in Season 4. Just a shot in the dark, though. [TV Line]

… Ben Rappaport (Outsourced) has booked the lead in USA’s new single-camera comedy Love Is Dead, which tells the story of a romance in reverse, starting with the break-up. Rappaport plays Alex, who’s been dumped via a representative of an agency that will break up with someone for you if you’re willing to pay enough. Apparently there is something worse than being dumped via text. [Deadline Hollywood]

… I think I’m the only person in my age group who doesn’t care for the Boy Meets World spin-off Girl Meets World, but that’s okay because I have absolutely no control over what the world does anyway. Like the fact that the series has added two new cast members without consulting me. The first is Peyton Meyer (Dog With a Blog), who plays Tristan Friar and is Riley Matthews’ first crush. The second is August Maturo (How I Met Your Mother), who will play her little brother Louis. Call me when Rider Strong officially decides to return and maybe we can talk about this whole spin-off again. [TV Line]

… 90120 star Jessica Stroup has landed a series regular role on Fox’s The Following for Season 2. She’ll play Max, the niece of Kevin Bacon’s Ryan Hardy. Max works for the NYPD in the Intel Division. Hmm, I wonder how those two reconnect? Also signing on to the series is Tiffany Boone (Beautiful Creatures), who becomes the newest member of Joe Carroll’s cult, possibly against her own wishes. [Entertainment Weekly]

… Judd Nelson has joined the final season of The CW’s Nikita in a major role. He’ll play a deep-cover operative working for Amanda who has ties to a plot that only Nikita and Co. can stop. Apparently his role is also really important because he’s the keeper of a secret that is threatening to change the fabric of the entire Nikita universe. If Harry Potter taught me anything, it’s that you never want to be a secret keeper. Just saying. [TV Line]

 

SAD NEWS

Elmore Leonard, the author of several crime novels and short stories that’ve been adapted into movies and TV series, including FX’s Justified, died today, three weeks after suffering a stroke. He was 87. Justified executive producer Graham Yost said the series is planning a tribute to Leonard, who was also an executive producer on the series. The tribute will appear on the Season 4 DVD, as well as in the Season 5 premiere in January 2014. [Deadline Hollywood]

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