And we’re off to another one of those short-read, telegraph-style news packs you are now accustomed to, it’s been over a week already, since the feature was introduced.
- Emma Stone (“The Help”, “The Amazing Spider-Man”) will be guest starring on Nickelodeon’s “iCarly”, according to EW’s James Hibberd. The redheaded actress will play an “iCarly” superfan in an episode airing later this year. When Carly (Miranda Cosgrove) and her friends try to find Spencer (Jerry Trainor) some adult friends, they run into this uber-fan. The series will wrap its five-season run in November, the series finale will be shot in June.
- J.R. Martinez, who won the 13th season of “Dancing With The Stars”, has signed on to guest star on an upcoming episode of Lifetime’s “Army Wives”, per EW’s Lynette Rice. He’ll play a physical therapist who works with wounded veterans, thereby pushing them hard for their recovery. The episode is set to air at the end of August.
- AMC has set the weekend of July 7 and July 8 for its “Walking Dead” marathon leading up to San Diego ComicCon. The cable network will air all 19 episode from the first two seasons, and then top things off with a “Talking Dead” live event, where you can win a “stagger on” role as zombie on the show. The final highlight will be a special broadcast of a black-and-white version of the pilot episode, true to the look and feel of the original Robert Kirkman comic book. And there will be some first looks at the upcoming third season here and there over the two days. The picture above, from the first episode of season three above, is a small teaser.
- The showrunner switcheroo continues. EW’s James Hibberd reports that “Whitney” showrunner Besty Thomas will step down from her post at the NBC comedy, with Wil Calhoun (“Friends”, “Gary Unmarried”) taking over.
- Per Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva, James Burrows has joined new CBS comedy “Partners” as a co-exec producer. Burrows directed the pilot, and among his previous credits are hit shows like ”Cheers” and ”Will & Grace”.
- If TNT ever orders Frank Darabont’s new drama “L.A. Noir” to series, it would feature Thomas Jane in the role of the legendary Bugsy Siegel. Jane is in talks to play the part if the show goes forward, the Hollywood Reporter reports today.
- CBS has announced the date for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards. They will be broadcast live on February 10, 2013, at 10 PM from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The traditional “Grammy Nominations Concert – Countdown to Music’s Biggest Night” is set for December 5.