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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, 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, 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!

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• Josh Groban is going to get Crazy with Sarah Michelle Gellar this fall. Per, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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), 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, 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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TVLine Items: True Blood Newbie Upped to Series Regular, Reality Bites for NBC and More!

August 24, 2013 Leave a comment
 True Blood Cast Amelia Rose BlaireEric’s new progeny is making Bon Temps her permanent home.

Amelia Rose Blaire has been upped to series regular in True Blood‘s upcoming seventh season, Deadline reports.

The actress joined the HBO drama’s last season as Willa Burrell, the dastardly Governor’s daughter who happily joined Eric and Pam’s ever-expanding family of vamps.

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• NBC is developing a half-hour series based on the cult hit movie Reality Bites, Variety reports. Exec-produced by Ben Stiller — who starred in the big-screen flick — the project centers on a recent college grad trying to make her way in early ’90s, “recession-plagued” Houston.

• Michael Ian Black has been upgraded to a series regular on Fox’s new comedy Us & Them. The actor-comedian-Burning Love host, who plays uncle to Alexis Bledel’s Stacey in the series, appeared as a guest star in the pilot.

• Erstwhile View hostess Elisabeth Hasselbeck is slated to make her Fox & Friends debut on Sept. 16.

• Jerry Springer will guest-star in The Neighbors‘ Season 2 premiere (airing Sept. 20), reports, playing a “virtual moderator,” á la iPhone It Girl Siri.

• The Rachel Zoe Show is no mo’. “We’ve done five [seasons],” the celeb stylist tells Capitol File magazine. “I think it’s time to probably move on.”

• Is Garth back on Supernatural duty? Jared Padalecki’s recent tweets with DJ Qualls would seem to suggest so…

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TVLine Items: Awkward Premiere Date, Wendy Williams Moves In on Neighbors and More!

August 23, 2013 Leave a comment
 Awkward Season 3 Premiere DateThings are getting Awkward again for MTV this fall.

The critical darling is slated to return with the 10-episode second half of its Season 3 on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 10:30/9:30c.

Earlier this month, Awkward was renewed for a fourth season, to be helmed by Chris Alberghini and Mike Chessler (90210, Cashmere Mafia). They replace outgoing creator Lauren Iungerich.

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• Daytime host Wendy Williams is making her way to ABC’s The Neighbors, TVLine has learned exclusively. She’ll guest-star in Season 2′s fourth episode, playing a hair stylist who instantly hits it off with Jami Gertz’s Debbie.

• The Vampire Diaries has added Shaun Sipos (Life Unexpected, Melrose Place) in Season 5, E! Online reports. He’ll recur as a college student who bonds with Elena over their shared tragic pasts.

NBC News will re-air the August 25, 1963 installment of Meet the Press exactly 50 years to the date that it originally aired. The episode features an interview with Martin Luther King Jr., which occurred just three days before his historic “I have a dream” speech.

• Wes Ramsey (CSI: Miami) is headed to Pretty Little Liars in the second half of Season 4, E! Online reports, playing Rosewood High School’s new guidance counselor.

TVLine Items: Battlestar Vet Lands Another CW Gig, Samberg and Ansari Roast Franco and More

August 22, 2013 Leave a comment
 Tahmoh Penikett Star-Crossed CAstBattlestar Gallactica/Dollhouse fave Tahmoh Penikett is set to take The CW by storm this season, first with his previously reported role on Supernatural and then with a newly announced recurring gig on Star-Crossed.

The futuristic sci-fi drama, bowing at midseason, centers on the aftermath of the government integrating a society of teen aliens (aka Atrians) with a group of humans.

Per E! Online, Penikett joins as a mysterious SEU (Sector Enforcement Unit) officer whose duties include supervising the Atrian sector’s walls.

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• Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s Andy Samberg and Parks and Rec‘s Aziz Ansari will take part in the Comedy Central Roast of James Franco, reports. The pair joins Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live) and Jonah Hill (This Is the End), among others, for the Labor Day event.

• Another day, another American Idol story: Mega-music producer Dr. Luke — the man behind hits like Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” and Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” — is now in talks to join the judging panel for the Fox competition series’ upcoming revamped 13th season.

• Cybill Shepherd (The Client List) will guest-star in Season 15 episode of Law & Order: SVU. Per TV Guide Magazine, she’ll play a Paula Deen-esque restaurant owner who allegedly murders an unarmed black teen in a hoodie. (Sound familiar?)

• Cole Hauser will star opposite Thandie Newton in Season 2 of the DirecTV crime drama Rogue, which bows in 2014.

• Outsourced alum Ben Rappaport has landed the lead in USA Network’s comedy pilot Love Is Dead, Deadline reports. The project is described as a “comedic exploration of modern romance in reverse” — aka, the break-up comes first.

• The penultimate Season 2 episode of A&E’s Longmire on Monday night hit a season high in the 25-54 demo and delivered its largest audience and best 18-49 rating since the May 27 season opener. The sophomore drama stands as A&E’s most watched scripted series.

• Dog With a Blog Season 2 premieres Friday, Sept. 20 at 8:30/7:30c on Disney Channel.

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TVLine Items: SOA Promo Touts ‘Hurt’-ful Pact, Fox Nixes Dads Reshoot, DWTS Pro Out and More

August 21, 2013 Leave a comment
 Two unexpected foes will align in Sons of Anarchy‘s sixth season with one common goal : to “hurt” Jax.

The following promo for the gritty FX drama’s upcoming run (bowing Sept. 10 at 10/9c) features an incarcerated Clay working closely with the kinda insane Lee Toric (Donal Logue). Sons boss Kurt Sutter, however, has said that the dethroned king’s journey this year is “redemption,” so maybe this is all just a ploy to get back into SAMCRO’s good graces?

Press PLAY below, then hit the comments with your theories.

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• Fox has declined the Media Action Network for Asian Americans’ suggestion that the polarizing Dadspilot either reshoot or remove a scene deemed offensive, Deadline reports. The sequence in question involves an Asian-American woman (played by Brenda Song) required by her bosses to dress as a “sexy Asian schoolgirl” for the gratification of visiting Chinese businessmen. Instead, execs assured the organization that the character is portrayed as a “strong, intelligent, empowered young woman” throughout the season.

• Comedian DL Hughley has teamed with FX to develop a comedy series based on his life. According to Deadline, the project centers on the standup’s experiences as an unapologetically honest man.

• General Hospital alumna Lindsey Morgan (ex-Kristina) has joined The CW’s midseason drama The 100, per The Hollywood Reporter. Morgan boards the sci-fi series as a “fiercely determined” — and alarmingly young — mechanical engineer.

• Kym Johnson is stepping away from Dancing With the Stars after 14 straight seasons, reports. The ballroom pro will take the next season off in order to accept “an amazing work opportunity back home in Australia.”

• Cynthia Stevenson (Life Unexpected, Dead Like Me) will guest-star in Scandal Season 3 (bowing Oct. 3), per The Hollywood Reporter, playing a new client of Olivia Pope & Associates.

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TVLine Items: Girls Season 3 Teaser, Y&R Plans Star-Studded Kay Chancellor Memorial and More

August 20, 2013 Leave a comment
 HBO’s Girls is going Instagram-wild in its new promo.

The following teaser for the acclaimed comedy’s upcoming Season 3 (bowing in 2014) is made up of an abundance of behind-the-scenes photos, seemingly pulled from the beloved iPhone app.

Press PLAY below for tons of little glimpses at Lena Dunham & Co. in action, then hit the comments with your snappy judgements.

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• The Young and the Restless will pay tribute to late suds vet Jeanne Cooper’s Genoa City dame Katherine Chancellor with two alumni-packed episodes airing Sept. 3 and 4. Per TV Guide Magazine, Lauralee Bell (Christine), Tricia Cast (Nina), Patty Weaver (Gina), Adrienne Frantz (Amber), Beau Kazer (Brock) and Michael Damian (Danny) will return for the memorial, along with Cooper’s real-life son Corbin Bernsen (Father Todd Williams).

Broadway staple Bebe Neuwirth has landed a Blue Bloods arc, reports, playing the new inspector general overseeing Frank’s (Tom Selleck) department.

• Gina Gershon (How to Make It In America), Raquel Welch (American Family) and Enrico Colantoni (Veronica Mars) have been tapped to star in Lifetime’s upcoming House of Versace, per The Hollywood Reporter. They’ll portray members of the famed fashion family.

• Sarah Clarke (Nikita, 24) has joined Line of Sight, a drama pilot for AMC, Deadline reports. The project centers on a National Transportation Safety Board investigator who, after surviving a plane crash, goes on an emotional quest to discover the accident’s cause. Clarke joins as the survivor’s wife.

• History has greenlit Houdini, a four-hour miniseries starring Adrien Brody (The Pianist) as the legendary magician and Kristen Connolly (House of Cards) as his wife, Bess. According to the official release, the project “follows the man behind the magic as he finds fame, engages in espionage, battles spiritualists and encounters the greatest names of the era.” Gerald W. Abrams (Nuremberg) and Andras Hamori (Sunshine) will executive-produce.

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TVLine Items: Desperate Housewives Reunion, Big Bang Brings Back Bob Newhart and More!

August 17, 2013 Leave a comment
 Desperate Housewives REunionWisteria Lane-rs, Gaby and Carlos are coming together again.

NBC’s new fall comedy Welcome to the Family is staging a Desperate Housewives reunion for its star Ricardo Chavira and his former on-screen love Eva Longoria.

Per Deadline, Longoria guest-stars as a teacher who once romanced Chavira’s Miguel, aka the father of one of her students.

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• Professor Proton will make another appearance on The Big Bang Theory. Comedy vet Bob Newhart will reprise his kiddie-TV host role (which earned him an Emmy nomination) in at least two episodes of the CBS series’ upcoming seventh season, the show announced during an Emmy-related panel discussion Thursday.

• MTV has renewed The Real World for a 29th (!!) season, to take place once more in San Francisco. (Season 3 also was shot in the City by the Bay.)

• TV Land has teamed with Sex And the City creator Darren Star on Younger, a new comedy about — wait for it — a New York-set female heroine, Deadline reports.

• John Gallagher Jr. (The Newsroom), Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad, Friday Night Lights) and Zoe Kazan (Bored to Death) have joined HBO’s miniseries Olive Kitteridge, Deadline reports. Starring Frances McDormand (Fargo) and Richard Jenkins (Six Feet Under), the project delves into a New England town wrought with illicit affairs, crime and tragedy.

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TVLine Items: Eastbound & Down Lands Lindsay Lohan, That ’70s Show Tragedy and More

August 16, 2013 Leave a comment
 Lindsay Lohan Eastbound & Down CastLindsay Lohan‘s career is headed Eastbound & Down.

The tabloid magnet will guest-star in a wedding-themed episode of the HBO comedy’s final season, E! Online reports, playing the daughter of a main character.

Lohan, who recently completed a court-mandated stint in rehab, will next air her dirty laundry on OWN’s Oprah’s Next Chapter. The episode airs Aug. 18.

In other TV news today…

That ’70s Show star Lisa Robin Kelly, who played the elder Foreman sibling on the Fox comedy, died Wednesday night at a rehab facility in California, TMZ reports. The actress’ rep tells the site that Kelly, who’d struggled with an alcohol problem for years, recently voluntarily checked herself in for treatment.

• Josh Gad (1600 Penn) will co-star opposite Billy Crystal in the FX pilot The Comedians, Deadline reports. The prospective series centers on a superstar comedian (Crystal) who reluctantly is paired with a younger, edgier comic (Gad) for a late-night sketch show.

• Johnathon Schaech has been tapped to do that thing he does on The CW’s midseason drama Star-Crossed, reports. Schaech (Ray Donovan) will recur as the uncle of Matt Lanter’s alien teen Roman.

• 30 Rock‘s Dean Winters and rapper Kid Cudi have nabbed guest spots in Fox’s new fall comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Per, Winters will play a rival of Andy Samberg’s doofy-but-competent detective. Cudi, meanwhile, guests as a former con caught in the middle of a robbery case, per The Hollywood Reporter.

• Francie Swift (Gossip Girl) has joined CBS’ new fall drama Hostages as the wife of Dylan McDermott’s character, per

• Disney Channel staple Luke Benward has landed a recurring role in ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars spin-off Ravenswood. Per, he’ll play the boyfriend of leading lady Olivia (Merritt Patterson).

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TVLine Items: Showtime Pilot Adds Spider-Man Big Bad, E! Expands Total Divas Order and More

August 15, 2013 Leave a comment
 Showtime Pilot Trending Down Cast Rhys IfansThe Amazing Spider-Man‘s Rhys Ifanshas joined Showtime’s buzzy comedy pilot Trending Down.

The project, described as a “blistering attack on our youth-obsessed culture,” centers on Thom Payne (played by Philip Seymour Hoffman), a man facing his own obsolescence after his ad agency is taken over. Ifans will play Payne’s boss. Kathryn Hahn (Parks and Recreation) also co-stars.

Best known from his big-screen offerings, Ifans’ other credits include Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, The Five-Year Engagement and Notting Hill.

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E! has ordered six additional episodes of Total Divas, bringing the WWE docu-series’ freshman run to a total of 14 installments.

• Pretty Little Liars’ upcoming spin-off Ravenswood looks pretty darn spooky. Take a peek at the offshoot’s debut teaser below.

Adam Ferrara has been promoted to series regular in Nurse Jackie‘s sixth season, per The Hollywood Reporter.

Tina Fey and her 30 Rock co-showrunner Robert Carlock are back in business with NBC. Per Deadline, the pair is set to executive-produce a new workplace comedy in which a young woman reconnects with her father on Fire Island. Colleen McGuinness (also from 30 Rock) will helm the project.

Lifetime has teamed with tragic love story novelist Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook) on Deliverance Creek, a two-hour backdoor pilot. The period drama is set near the end of the Civil War and follows a young woman defending her family’s land.

HBO has given the green light to The Money, a new drama pilot from David Milch (NYPD Blue, Luck), Deadline reports. Starring Brendan Gleeson (Braveheart) as a mega-mogul, the project centers on wealth and corruption among the super elite.

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TVLine Items: Franco’s Roasters Revealed, Dome Ratings Drop, S.H.I.E.L.D. Adds Lucky Guy & More

August 14, 2013 Leave a comment
 JamesFrancoComedyCentralRoastJames Franco‘s A-list pals have signed on to roast their friend.

Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live), Jonah Hill (This Is the End), Nick Kroll (The Kroll Show), Sarah Silverman (The Sarah Silverman Program.), Natasha Leggero (Burning Love) and Jeff Ross (The Burn With Jeff Ross) are among those slated to poke fun at the big-screen star/suds vet on his upcoming Comedy Central Roast. As previously announced, Seth Rogen will act as Roastmaster.

The Labor Day special airs Monday, Sept. 2 at 10/9c.

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Under the Dome, hindered in part by the ongoing Time Warner blackout in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas, hit a new ratings low Monday. CBS’ summer sleeper drew a still-potent 10.1 million viewers and a 2.3 demo rating, off roughly 10 percent week-to-week.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has cast Ian Hart (Bates Motel, Luck) in a top-secret recurring role, reports.

Freddie Prinze Jr. has been tapped to appear in an episode of Lifetime’s sexy new drama Witches of East End. Per, he’ll play an entomologist who falls for Wendy, who just so happens to be played by his former Freddie co-star Madchen Amick.

Chris Diamantopoulos (The Office) and Jake Sandvig (Cracking Up) have been tapped to star in Bryan Fuller’s new Syfy pilot High Moon, per The Hollywood Reporter. Based on the novel The Lotus Caves, the potential series centers on a future in which the countries of Earth have established colonies to mine the moon’s resources. However, chaos erupts after a new life form is discovered.

Whodunnit host Gildart Jackson will guest-star in Supernatural‘s ninth season, per The Hollywood Reporter, playing a member of the Men of Letters in a 1930s flashback. The CW spookfest premieres Oct. 8.

The Lying Game‘s Allie Gonino has joined Sundance Channel’s new drama The Red Road (fka The Descendants), The Hollywood Reporter reports. The series revolves around a sheriff (played by Off the Map‘s Martin Henderson) struggling to keep his family together while policing two clashing communities. Gonino will play the daughter of a local cop.

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TVLine Items: Office Vet Visits New Girl, Borgias Update, Top Chef Premiere Date and More

August 13, 2013 Leave a comment
 New Girl Cast Angela KinseyNew Girl‘s newest girl is a former cat lady.

The Office alumna Angela Kinsey has nabbed a guest spot in the Fox comedy’s upcoming third season, reports.

She’ll play a snobby teacher who is turned off by new substitute Jess’ quirky ambitiousness.

New Girl premieres Sept. 17 at 9/8c.

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• Showtime announced Monday that The Borgias will wrap up with an e-book, titled The Borgia Apocalypse, which is based on the original two-hour Borgias finale script. The novel will be available this week.

Top Chef kicks off its New Orleans-set 11th season on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 10/9c.

• Real-life besties Casey Wilson (Happy Endings) and June Diane Raphael (Burning Love) have signed a blind script deal with ABC Studios. Per Deadline, the pact finds Raphael starring in a new comedy project with a possibility for Wilson to appear on-screen, as well.

• Juliette Lewis has been tapped to co-star in Fox’s new event series Wayward Pines, Deadline reports. From The Sixth Sense director M. Night Shyamalan, the drama centers on a Secret Service agent (played by Matt Dillon) searching for two missing agents in the titular town. Lewis joins as a small-town bartender.

• Fox has put into development a romantic drama from Bones‘ Hart Hanson and Rubicon‘s Jason Horwitch, Deadline reports. Set in San Francisco, the project follows a female detective and her unlikely ally.

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TVLine Items: Alec Baldwin’s Newsy TV Return, Breaking Bad’s Kiddie Musical and More!

August 10, 2013 Leave a comment
 Alec Baldwin MSNBC SeriesAlec Baldwin may be returning to TV in a project most definitely not approved by the conservative Jack Donaghy.

The 30 Rock alum has teamed with MSNBC to develop a weekly news series, Mediaite reports.

The untitled show is slated to air Fridays at 10/9c and will feature “a large dose of Baldwin’s outspoken liberal politics.”

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Warning: The following video is so awesomely wrong, it’s right. As part of YouTube’s Geek Week, filmmakers Rhett and Link paid homage to Breaking Bad via their Middle School Musical video series. Press PLAY below to experience the Heisenberg-themed brilliance, bitch. (Sorry, we had to go there.)

• Lyndie Greenwood has lined up a spooky post-Nikita gig. The actress will recur in Fox’s new fall drama Sleepy Hollow, playing the sister of Nicole Beharie’s leading lady.

• Showtime has finally unveiled a lengthy preview of its racy new drama Masters of Sex, which bows Sept. 29. Watch Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan “master the art of impolite science” in the trailer below, then hit the comments with your snappy judgements.

• Erstwhile Gossip Girl loves Kelly Rutherford and Matthew Settle will star in Lifetime’s new thriller A Sister’s Nightmare, premiering Saturday, Sept. 7.

• Richard Short (666 Park Avenue) has booked a multi-ep arc on Covert Affairs, Deadline reports, playing an Irish rocker who finds himself entangled in Annie’s world.

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TVLine Items: CSI Stages Cheers Reunion, Modern Family Hires a Workaholic and More

August 9, 2013 Leave a comment
 CSI Cheers Reunion John Ratzenberger Sam Malone and Cliff Clavin are reuniting outside of the bar where everybody knows your name.

John Ratzenberger has been tapped to appear opposite his former Cheers co-star Ted Danson in an upcoming episode of CSI, reports.

The TV vet drops by as a burnt-out club owner whose business literally goes up in smoke.

CSI premieres Sept. 25 on CBS.

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• Adam DeVine (Workaholics) is joining Modern Family in the recurring role of a male nanny Gloria hires to help care for  Joe, TV Guide Magazine reports. The energetic Midwestern “manny” will irk Jay and Manny when he tries to make some big changes in the household.

• Outgoing Parks and Recreation star Rashida Jones is developing a comedy for Fox with Parks scribe Alexandra Rushfield, per The Hollywood Reporter. Titled Stuck, the project — which does not currently star Jones — centers on a woman whose “stuck in childhood” daughter becomes her boss at a bank.

• Duck Dynasty‘s Si and Willie Robertson will guest-star in Last Man Standing‘s Season 3 premiere, airing Friday, Sept. 20.

• Jordana Spiro (Mob Doctor) has been cast opposite Justin Kirk in the FX drama pilot Tyrant, per The Hollywood Reporter. From Homeland EPs Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff and Six Feet Under‘s Craig Wright, the project follows an unassuming American family drawn into a turbulent Middle Eastern nation. Spiro joins as the wife and co-worker of Kirk’s American diplomat.

• Fox’s midseason comedy Surviving Jack has replaced Alex Kapp Horner with Rachael Harris (New Girl, Suits). She’ll play wife to Chris Meloni’s titular character in the Bill Lawrence-produced series, which centers on a boy becoming a man and a man becoming a father, “in a time before ‘coming of age’ was something you could Google.”

• Steven Culp (Grey’s Anatomy) wil recur on Season 2 of Revolution as clean-cut, dignified authority figure Edward Truman, per Deadline.

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TVLine Items: Jason Dohring Joins Tomorrow People, Chuck Fave Visits Dixie and More!

August 8, 2013 Leave a comment
 Jason Dohring The Tomorrow People CastJason Dohring will soon try his hand at being one of The CW’s Tomorrow People.

The Veronica Mars fave has been cast in an upcoming episode of the new fall drama (premiering Oct. 9), reports.

Dohring will play an ex-operative who once worked with the paramilitary group that hunts down the Tomorrow People. After going off the grid, the character is back to seek revenge.

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• Chuck heartthrob Ryan McPartlin is will guest-star in a Season 3 installment of Hart of Dixie, reports, playing a Southern gentleman by the name of Carter Covington. (Fun fact: McPartlin’s Bluebell alter ego is named after current Dixie EP, 10 Things I Hate About You creator and friend of TVLine Carter Covington.)

• Fox is teaming with Veronica Mars/Party Down funnyman Ken Marino, his writer wife Erica Oyama and executive producer Will Gluck (Andy Richter Controls the Universe, The Michael J. Fox Show) on a comedy based on the lives of Dogfish Head Brewery’s Sam and Mariah Calagione. Per Deadline, Marino will star in the prospective series, which centers on a happy couple living the American dream.

• Paloma Kwiatkowski (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters) has joined Bates Motel Season 2, Deadline reports. She’ll play a small-town party girl who catches Norman’s eye.

• Manolo Cardona (Covert Affairs) has been tapped to recur as the Prince of Portugal in Reign, The CW’s new royal period drama.

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