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News Briefs: Lisa Kudrow Is Joining Scandal

JUST DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK

… Lisa Kudrow has joined ABC’s Scandal in a recurring capacity for Season 3. The Friends star and Mad About You scene-stealer will play … well, we don’t know because Shonda Rhimes doesn’t want us to know. But we can tell you that she’s going to be a politician.  [Deadline Hollywood]

 

BUSINESS TIME

… FX has ordered a drama pilot starring Paul Giamatti. Hoke, written and produced by Justified‘s Scott Frank, is based on Charles Willeford’s Hoke Moseley novels. It’s set in Miami in the ’80s and Giamatti plays the titular homicide detective who might just be a tiny bit off his rocker. Looks like it fits the FX Equation for Success: At Least One Recognizable Face + Dark Comedy + Some Sort of Crime Being Committed By Someone Who May or May Not Be the Lead = Success! Count me in!  [Deadline Hollywood]

… Valerie Harper, who was given three months to live after being diagnosed with brain cancer earlier this year, isn’t letting the cancer get the best of her. She’s joining Dancing With the Stars!  [TMZ]

… Andrew Lincoln of The Walking Dead does not watch the series because he claims he doesn’t really like looking at himself.  [EW]

… There’s going to be a Luther movie!  [Daily Mail]

… Attention all four people who watch Breaking Amish: LA! TLC has ordered two more one-hour episodes of the series. They’re set to air back-to-back on Sunday, September 29 at 9pm, and will serve as a season finale. The second hour will be a reunion show, hosted by NBC’s Michelle Beadle. [TLC via press release]

… Disney XD has renewed Crash & Bernstein, a live-action comedy about a boy and his puppet, for a second season, set to premiere October 7 at 7:30pm. [Disney via press release]

 

CASTING NEWS

Suits is in the middle of its summer half-season, but when the series returns this winter, you might recognize a familiar face in the mid-season premiere. Michael Phelps, bazillion-time Olympic medal winner, is guest-starring as himself when Scottie (Abigail Spencer) tries to land him as a client. Word on the street is Phelps is the one sports client Harvey could never close. Side note: If you follow series star Patrick J. Adams on Instagram, you already know that this is not the first time Phelps has visited the set. [EW]

… Mekhi Phifer has joined Showtime’s House of Lies as Dre, a successful business mogul.  [Deadline Hollywood]

…  John Noble is returning to The Good Wife in Season 5. But how? Isn’t he dead? Yep! Noble’s Matthew Ashbaugh was murdered in Season 4 and he appeared mostly through flashbacks in his episode, so how exactly does he return? Is he a ghost? Is this an entire flashback episode? All good questions. None of which I have the answer to. Sorry! [TV Guide]

… There’s about to be one less good-looking brunette for Rayna to make out with in Nashville, and one more person to keep track of in Westeros. Michiel Huisman has joined HBO’s Game of Thrones for Season 4.  [TV Line]

 

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