Bonus Casting Scoops: 'CSI: NY,' 'Pushing Daisies,' 'Private Practice,' and More!

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Because there’s no such thing as too much tube prattle, I hereby present you with a second edition of Casting Scoops. Headliners this time around include a onetime Laguna Beach vixen, the husband of an ex-Friend, and the artist formerly known as Jake Hanson.

•    CSI: NY has collared LC’s arch nemesis Kristin Cavallari for a major guest turn. The aspiring actress will play an up-and-coming handbag designer who presumably finds herself involved in a criminal investigation in an early ’09 episode. 

•    Grant Show’s one-off stint as Kate Walsh’s bro on Private Practice has grown into a two-episode arc, an ABC spokesperson confirms. His first eppy airs Nov. 26. Similarly…

•    …Pushing Daisies has extended David Arquette’s forthcoming stint as "freshcort" Randy Mann. Arquette, who debuts in next Wednesday’s episode, will return later this season "to have a nice little romance with Kristin Chenoweth," reveals series creator Bryan Fuller. (BTW, a big shout-out to the half million of you who jumped on the Daises bandwagon last night. Much appreciated!)

•    Expect some disorder in the court when Matt’s (Sam Jaeger) ex-girlfriend shows up on Eli Stone as — get this — the judge trying his latest case. The role is currently being cast.

More Casting Scoops:
Colin Hanks added to Numbers
Steve Zahn, Bradley Whitford join Monk
90210‘s Jessica Lowndes gets promoted

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  • Rory L. Aronsky

    ” …Pushing Daisies has extended David Arquette’s forthcoming stint as “freshcort” Randy Mann. Arquette, who debuts in next Wednesday’s episode, will return later this season…”
    Does that mean ABC ordered more episodes? Do I still have a Wednesday show (since “The West Wing”) that I can remain devoted to?

  • Rob

    now the question is will there be a rest of the season of pushing daisies for arquette to show up on.

  • jamie

    Yay Im excited for Addison’s brother. Thanks for the PrP scoop.

  • KC

    I’m glad there will be more Pushing Daisies, and equally glad that David Arquette has a returning stint. However, I am a little saddened that his character will be having a romance with Olive rather than Alfredo Aldarisio (Raul Esparza). Oh well, I still look forward to seeing what happens.

  • izikavazo

    Any casting news for Pushing Daisies is a good sign. Hopefull the audience builds some more next week. Either that or ABC lowers its expectations.

  • rob

    guys, not to be a party pooper but from all the info ive been gathering daisies is a dead duck. lets just hope that they get to write a fairy tale ending.

  • Rory L. Aronsky

    “guys, not to be a party pooper but from all the info ive been gathering daisies is a dead duck. lets just hope that they get to write a fairy tale ending.”
    Once I hear it from Ausiello, I’ll believe it. If the column was called “Rob Files,” then I would.

  • rob

    rory, in case you read this just to let you know i am a huge pushing daisies fan. and if a campagin starts to send daisies to ABC ill be one of the first to do it. i have been digging around basically every major television site on this internet looking for a glimmer of hope and even in ausiello’s ask ausiello you can see that things are definitely not going well. i am just being realistic and keeping fingers crossed.

  • Rob

    Another Rob here, heh, and this news does make me much more optimistic about “Daisies” at least lasting for a bit. I’ve seen a lot of stories that *assume* it’s on the brink of cancellation. I haven’t seen anything that confirmed that it is. In fact, people like Ausiello here and Roush at TV Guide are optimistic, though guardedly so. And with these slightly higher ratings and glowing reviews and the recent Emmy wins, I think it has the chance of surviving, at least for a while, as a prestige show. The fact that ABC is airing it on Oct 29th, when the other networks are airing Obama is another sign that ABC wants to give the show a chance to succeed. Until I hear from ABC that the show is going to be canceled, I’m hopeful. Because evidence shows it’s not as dire as it may otherwise seem. I believe ABC is fully aware of the special, extenuating circumstances, particularly since this viewer drop-off is their fault.

  • Lisa

    Yay ! I’m glad Grant Show’s appearance as Addie’s brother is more than one episode.

  • NineDaves

    KC – i’m so glad you mentioned raul esparza! i asked him about pushing daisies when i saw him two weeks ago. he said he was supposed to have filmed a few episodes, but they were running behind on scripts and he had to stick around for speed the plow, the show he’s in right now on broadway. i guess they just rewrote the storyline for arquette?

  • cibele

    Kristin Cavallari? Ew.

  • graeme

    Just what Private Practice needs…another bland goodlooking person.

  • emmaleigh

    “shout out to the half-million of you who jumped on the Daisies bandwagon last night…”
    yeah. you know what wasn’t on last night? bones. all of the people who dvr daisies and watch bones were able to watch daisies when it aired. that’s where the half-million came from.

  • KellyH

    There might be some glimmers of hope and good news for PD fans here and there, but the really bad news, and the most troubling thing of all is that ABC has apparently pulled all Pushing Daisies promos, including, amazingly, the “next week on” after the episode on Wednesday. ABC appears to be sticking to their guns on not selling time to Obama on the 29th and this appears to be the last effort ABC is going to make. The 29th is key, especially if FOX is airing baseball instead of Bones (series has to go to a sixth game for that). ABC isn’t going to help with promotion. Pushing Daisies fans have absolutely GOT to PUSH for viewership on October 29. The date is key. If anybody has friends with Nielsen boxes, get them to WATCH–not DVR–on October 29th. If the ratings on that night are bad, then the show is toast. This is the LAST chance.

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