Erstwhile True Blood packmaster Daniel Buran will soon be making sweet music on ABC’s Nashville. The actor has landed a recurring role on the country-tinged freshman drama, per The Hollywood Reporter, playing Cy, a Bon Jovi-like rockstar whose band is looking for a new guitar player. (Ahem, Deacon…) Buran — whose other credits include Criminal Minds and Southland — most recently appeared on Dexter as Wayne Randall, the incarcerated ex of Yvonne Strahovski’s murderous Hannah McKay.
In other weekend casting news…
• Breaking Bad‘s RJ Mitte has been tapped to guest-star on CBS’ rookie drama Vegas. Per The Hollywood Reporter, he’ll portray Nathan’s (Stephen Monroe Taylor) younger brother who has opted to move to Sin City for a life of crime with his sibling.
• Academy Award-winning musician Glen Hansard (Once) will make a cameo in a December installment of Parenthood, EW.com reports. The Swell Season frontman will use the Luncheonette to record some songs.
• Comedians Wayne Brady and Caroline Rhea have both booked guest spots in the upcoming second season of ABC Family’s Baby Daddy, TVGuide.com. Brady will drop by as a talk-show host, while Rhea is set to play the mother of leading man Ben’s pal Riley.
ABC Family giveth and ABC Family taketh away.
The network announced that it is picking up second seasons of breakout freshman series Baby Daddy and Switched at Birth, while ordering a third season of Melissa & Joey. Bunheads fans also received news to dance about as Amy Sherman-Palladino’s quirky hit has been given a back-order pick-up.
However, fans of Jane By Design were in for some bad news as ABC Family has decided not to bring back the show for a second season.
Jane By Design star Nick Roux confirmed the sad news with fans via his Twitter account on Friday, posting, “Want my #rouxers to hear this from me first. #JaneByDesign will NOT be coming back for a 2nd season. It sucks but everything happens for a reason… Or at least thats what ive been told haha.” Jane By Design’s final episode aired on July 31.
The renewed dramas, Bunheads and Switched at Birth, will premiere in the winter, while the comedies, Melissa & Joey and Baby Daddy, are set to return in Spring 2013.
“Two years ago, we embarked on a bold strategy to grow the breadth and scope of original programming and create a Wednesday night summer comedy destination,” Michael Riley, president of ABC Family, said of the decision to renew Melissa & Joey and Baby Daddy. “The new series have resonated with our viewers, and the combination of drama, comedy and reality brings great depth to our lineup. Our stable of strong series continues to grow, and I’m thrilled with the strength of our schedule.”