Casting Scoops: 'Reaper,' Grey's Anatomy,' Supernatural,' 'Big Bang Theory,' and More!

Truccomcdermottwalsch_lAh, it’s that time of year: tofurkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie, and enough exclusive casting scoop to feed a family of 40. What’s not to be thankful for?

* A December episode of The Big Bang Theory gives us Battlestar Galactica‘s Michael Trucco on a motorcycle. He’ll play Leonard’s partner on a project and one of the youngest MacArthur Genius Grant winners ever. My source says Penny takes a shine to him. My source also says, “Who wouldn’t?”

* Lupe Ontiveros, who played Carlos’ late mom on Desperate Housewives, will bring some Latina flavor to Reaper in the form of Ben’s tiny, sassy grandma when the show begins its midseason run in January. Plus, Michael McDonald will appear as the boys’ curmudgeonly high school biology teacher, Mr. Sprong.

* Supernatural wins this year’s Best Episode Title with the upcoming ‘Criss Angel Is A Douche Bag.’ Even better, the magician-centered ep, which airs Jan. 22, features “Hey, It’s That Guy!” trio Barry Bostwick (Ugly Betty, Spin City), John Rubinstein (Angel, 24), and Richard Libertini (every show ever made, but most recently, Monk and Numbers).

* Friday I brought you news of Jennifer Westfeldt’s stint on Grey’s Anatomy as a patient. Now I can tell you the show is looking to cast another sicko in a four-ep arc that might just be related to next year’s big Grey’s/Private Practice crossover. So, call your agents, struggling Caucasian male actors in your mid-30s.

* Tori Spelling’s real-life squeeze and reality show costar, Dean McDermott, is getting his own Hallmark Channel movie! Always & Forever, which will also include a Bauer and an older, though still dreamy, Jeannie (Rena Sofer and Barbara Eden), hits the small screen next September. (Additional reporting by Oriana Schwindt)

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  • Mary

    Holy crap, that Supernatural episode is going to be AWESOME! That’s a great cast list, you know, considering it’s Supernatural (I usually don’t recognize more than one name per episode), and anything that reminds me of South Park is a natural win.

  • Mandi

    Michael Trucco is one of the best looking men on television, bar none! I love him on BSG. He may just get me to watch Big Bang Theory for once…

  • PJ

    Thank you for the Reaper news! I can’t wait for that show to return. Is that the same actress that played Ben’s grandma in season one?

  • Angi

    I love Supernatural scoop, but I really want to know how long Castiel is going to be around. Can it bee for the rest of the run of the show?

  • Krystal

    I agree! Award for Episode Title Win for Supernatural!

  • Deanne

    MORE casting for Greys? Do they know the meaning of the word OVERCROWDED? Hope you start announcing uncastings.

  • Dort

    Grey’s casting actors? *snort*
    They should have cared way better for the great actress they already had… bring back Brooke Smith and quit screwing the storylines!

  • Kalie

    Is that seriously the title of the episode?? I love it!

  • M

    Is that a TVTrope I spy?

  • rosewood

    Thanks Aussiello! Yes another in the line of great episode titles in this season of Supernatural (with #2 going to “Are You There God? It’s Me Dean Winchester”, and #3 going to “It’s the Great Pumpkin Sam Winchester”).

  • CandyMaize

    Thanks for more about Supernatural .. I love that episode title!!! And I cannot wait to see those 3 actors at work.

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  • MJ

    GREY’S/PRIVATE PRACTICE CROSSOVER?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THAT SOONER?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

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  • Meredith

    Amen to watching Big Bang Theory for Michael Trucco. Never really thought about watching it before, but, as evidenced by the fact that I have been staring at his picture here for a full 5 minutes, I would watch that man doing anything. Or nothing.

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