Finally finding some time to add what has transpired all over the news sites lately.
- Robin Williams might be headed back to the small screen, per Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva. David E. Kelley (“Ally McBeal”, “The Practice”) has written a script that CBS is looking to pick up. It’s a single-camera workplace comedy that would have Williams star as a brilliant ad executive who works alongside his daughter.
And here’s today’s News Pack featuring the most important stories so far.
- MTV has decided to end its successful reality show “Jersey Shore” after its upcoming sixth season, it has announced. The final season will start Thursday, October 4, at 10 PM ET/PT.
“Lost” alum Jorge Garcia is about to tackle his biggest role yet – literally.
According to TVLine’s Matt Webb Mitovich, Garcia has nabbed the role of a giant in what is, for now, a one-episode guest stint on ABC’s fairy tale drama “Once Upon A Time”.
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And here’s what’s been happening in the casting department lately. I’m still very busy at the moment, as you might have noticed from the lack of updates lately, so here are only a few things that I think need to be out there.
- Miley Cyrus (“Hannah Montana”) – and her new haircut – have joined CBS’ “Two And A Half Men” for a two-episode arc, per TVLine’s Michael Ausiello. She will play “Missi, an old family friend of Walden’s (Ashton Kutcher) who comes to visit for a week and develops a relationship with Jake (Angus T. Jones) when he comes home from the army.”
The folks at TVLine are outdoing themselves in casting news at the moment. But that’s normal, since all shows are in full production mode for the first batch of episodes of the new season, which usually consists of 8 to 10 episodes in a row – so they need lots of actors to fill the roles.
ABC’s “Suburgatory” has scored quite the coup for its upcoming second season, per Michael Ausiello.
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When “The Mentalist” returns to CBS for its fourth season in the fall, there will be some familiar faces returning in various episodes.
So, if you don’t want to know who will return to the veteran CBS procedural, don’t jump ahead. All others…
It’s time for another one of those pesky casting items. I’ve decided to let the other one from last week, which got eaten by the blog software, slide, as it simply got too old until I had time again to update.
So here’s what happened recently – after the jump.
OK, this was definitely not my day.
Some of you might have noticed that I tried to post a massive casting update today, which took me way over two hours to write, but when I hit the publishing button, all that got posted was a small portion of the very first line. Everything else was lost… for good. Going back to the editor showed me exactly what got posted – nothing more. Safe to say I didn’t have time to re-write the whole piece.
So, I’ll be posting the more current news for now, and will add the rest tomorrow.
OK, rant over. Let’s go.
EW’s James Hibberd reports today that Captain Jack is headed to The CW’s new drama “Arrow”.
“Torchwood” lead actor John Barrowman has joined the comic drama in a role simply described as “well-dressed man”. He is mysterious and wealthy, “an acquaintance of the Queen family and a prominent figure in Starling City”, per the producers.
“White Collar”‘s Neal and Peter are about to get a new boss lady.
TVGuide’s Liz Raftery reports that Emily Procter (“CSI: Miami”) has been cast in two episodes of the successful USA drama, playing Assistant Special Agent in Charge Amanda Callaway, who is hired to shake up the office and keep a close eye on Peter (Tim DeKay) and Neal (Matt Bomer) – and she’s anything but a pushover.
I know I’m a bit behind on castings, and there will be a huge news pack filled with news before the week is over, but here are two items that I think deserve to be mentioned ASAP.
TVLine’s Vlada Gelman reports that veteran actor Ving Rhames has signed on to guest star in an upcoming episode of CBS’s “Hawaii Five-O”, when the show returns for its third season in the fall.
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That bad girl witch Faye is about to travel from Chance Harbor to Mystic Falls. And she’s going to keep stirring things up.
TVGuide’s Robyn Ross reports today that Australian actress Phoebe Tonkin, who was wickedly good in her role as Faye on The CW’s short-lived witching hour “The Secret Circle”, has joined the cast of another CW genre show, “The Vampire Diaries”.
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“Alphas” has returned to Syfy two weeks ago, and has already announced a slew of high-profile guest stars for the current season.
But now, co-executive producer/writer Robert Hewitt Wolfe has tweeted that there will be at least one more genre-familiar name coming to the show.
Lisa Ryder, who played the female lead of Beka Valentine on “Andromeda” back in the day, has signed on for a guest role on “Alphas”. No more details are available at this point.
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Even though her regular role on “The Secret Circle” came to an abrupt end when the show got canceled after just one season, Jessica Parker Kennedy seems to bear no grudge against The CW.
The actress has joined the cast of another CW series, “90210″, for a potentially recurring part, Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva reports.
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They’re not letting up in the casting department.
EW’s James Hibberd reports today that Jeffrey DeMunn, best known for his role of deceased Dale Horvath on AMC’s zombie drama “The Walking Dead”, has been tapped for a guest stint on NBC’s upcoming fall drama “Chicago Fire”.
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It seems like everyone wants to get their castings done before the weekend.
Per TVLine’s Michael Ausiello, Annie Parisse (“Law & Order”, “Person of Interest”, “Rubicon”) has been added to the regular cast of FOX’ serial killer series “The Following”.
ABC’s “Once Upon A Time” has found a face for its latest addition to Storybrooke – and it has an Irish flavor.
TVLine’s Michael Ausiello reports today that Colin O’Donoghue has been cast in the potentially recurring part of the legendary villain from “Peter Pan”.
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FOX is apparently not done adding more talent to the upcoming sophomore season of its Kiefer Sutherland-starring drama “Touch”, and also add another “24″ alum to reunite with Kiefer Sutherland
The network has just issued a press release, confirming the addition of Lukas Haas as a new series regular, but also announcing that 13-year-old newcomer Saxon Sharbino has joined the FOX drama as a new regular as well.
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The lineup of guest stars for the upcoming 14th season of NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU” has just gotten more impressive.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Anna Chlumsky (“Veep”, “My Girl”) has signed on to appear in one episode, titled “Twenty-Five Acts”, alongside Roger Bart (“Desperate Housewives”) and Raul Esparza (“A Gifted Man”).
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“iCarly” might soon be ending, but you haven’t seen the last of some of the characters on that show, and you might even get more Cat Valentine from “Victorious” if Nickelodeon has its way.
Per EW’s Dan Snierson, The cable network has ordered two pilots, one tentatively called “Sam a Cat”, where “iCarly’s” Sam Puckett (Jennette McCurdy) and “Victorious”‘ Cat Valentine (Ariana Grande) team up as roommates and launch a babysitting business to get some cash for their adventures.
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Additionally, a spin-off for another “iCarly” character is in the works. Gibby Gibson (Noah Munck) might get his own series, too. In what is tentatively titled “Gibby”, Gibby Gibson gets a gig at a recreational center, where he winds up as a mentor to four offbeat middle-school students.
Both pilots are said to be in the hands of “iCarly” and “Victorious” creator Dan Schneider. Production on both pilots is set for this summer.
On to more stories.
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It appears that Dr. Hannibal Lecter has found his match – and said match looks uncannily like a girl from Wonderfalls.
Creator Bryan Fuller has tweeted that he has cast Caroline Dhavernas (“Wonderfalls”, “Off The Map”) as the female lead in NBC’s upcoming series “Hannibal”, which chronicles the early days of the titular character.