Casting Scoops: 'Lost' Villain on 'Notice,' Meet Slater's 'Enemy,' 'Medium' Summons Danner, and More!

Check out the new batch of exclusive casting intel that just crossed my desk!

•    The Enemy has a face, and it looks a lot like that elderly dude from Babe. James Cromwell is joining the cast of NBC’s new fall drama My Own Worst Enemy as the head of the top-secret government organization that’s messing with Christian Slater.

•    My sixth mole sense is telling me that Emmy winner Blythe Danner will guest star in an early ’09 episode of Medium as the mother of a nurse whose dedication to a chronically ill child leads her to take extraordinary measures to ensure her health and happiness. 

•    Someone alert the fire marshal, ’cause I think Lost‘s fifth season premiere is rapidly approaching capacity. Team Darlton is adding two more guest stars to 5.01. First there’s Darlene, a bored clerk who hates her lame-ass job and looks for any burst of excitement to get through her day. She’ll be joined by Jill, a highly confident and tough-as-nails butcher. What’s up, Doc Jensen? "Dude, Darlene sounds like ‘Dharma Initiative recruit circa hippie-era seventies’ to me. And Jill could be the lunch counter lady that serves the good-for-you organic slop in the Dharma mess hall." Um, no offense Doc, but that much was obvious.

•    Speaking of Lost, Burn Notice is currently shooting an episode to air early next year that features M.C. Gainey (Mr. Friendly) in a sure-to-be-sinister role.

•    And last but by no means least, sources confirm that EW’s Michael Ausiello is in final negotiations with Scrubs to reprise his role as Dr. Kim’s strikingly handsome baby-doc in Zach Braff’s final episode, which starts shooting in early September. Says Ausiello in a statement: "While that would certainly be a tremendous coup for the show, far be it from me to spoil any of the surprises the episode has in store. Viewers will just have to wait and see." We’ll take that as a yes!

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  • Adam

    What do you mean “Zach Braff’s last episode”?!? Does he leave before the series’ final episode?

  • Anonymous

    yeah thats not good about zach braff’s final episdoe. i know they filmed a few episodes in may and they probably are filming now but the most they can have in the can is 7-10 episodes filmed by early september so zach isnt staying the whole season is seems sad i am

  • Andy

    For Scrubs, I know this season each major character isn’t in 2 episodes, I think, so the Zach Braff thing could be referring to that. Also, there has been talk of bringing in all new interns and sort of restarting the show with a whole new cast on ABC, which would then keep it going for more seasons, which would be with either few or none of the original cast.

  • Stefan

    omg.. you’ll be back at Scrubs? that would be cool *g*

  • Tom

    Scubs is still on?

  • Tom

    Damn, I meant “Scrubs.” That’s what I get for being a wiseass.

  • Elissa

    “Burn Notice is currently shooting an episode to air early next year” Does this mean that Burn Notice is doing a Winter Season?

  • Jeffrey

    The Ausiello files sucks. Most of the “scoops”, like the Lost casting ones above, aren’t even remotely intriguing. We don’t need to know about lunch-ladies before the episode we see them in. And I’m sorry, but writers who cover the media are just a pathetic lot: bottom-feeding at the lowest rung of the entertainment ladder.

  • Robin

    Then why are you even bothering to read this, Jeffrey?

  • Alex

    Of all of James Cromwell’s credits you chose Babe? Really? I mean… really?
    Other than that congrats on going back to your cameo stints. Oh sorry! This was an actual part right? So congrats on getting to respise an actual role.
    Maybe *more* doors are opening for you my friend!

  • at8ax

    “EW’s Michael Ausiello is in final negotiations with Scrubs” I can hear it now. MA keeps saying “Please?” and Scrubs keeps saying … ah, but that would be cruel.

  • Kyle

    Ugh, please keep this thing off TV, with its annoying mannerisms and utter lack of talent. It’s bad enough that we have to see its pathetic little “scoops” in print, but then EW also insists on letting it star in videos. Every time it opens its mouth, I want to set my hair on fire and jump through a plate glass window.

  • James

    this show is going to be pitiful, its just a bunch of NOBODYS trying to be big time actors, they remind me so much of

  • pai

    So glad Medium is back!!! And what a guest star. Perfect casting!!!
    I think of James Cromwell in regards to Babe often. It’s one of his trademark roles for sure.

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