Casting scoops on 'True Blood,' 'NCIS,' 'Eleventh Hour,' 'Numb3rs,' and Zach Braff!

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Ladies, gents, and Ausholes, it’s with tremendous pride and excitement that I give you the very first "Casting Scoops" roundup of 2009. Enjoy!

•    File this under "S" for Stuff That Doesn’t Suck: True Blood is resurrecting Sookie’s Gram (played by the sublime Lois Smith) in season 2! And by "resurrecting" I mean "returning in newly-created flashback scenes!" Still bloody fangtastic if you ask me!

•     CBS’ freshman sorta-hit Eleventh Hour is adding a new agent later this season played by Omar Benson Miller (Miracle at St. Anna). His character, an FBI trainee by the name of Felix, is eager to join Agent Young’s team. Miller is booked for a minimum of three episodes.

•    Reaper‘s wickedly funny devil, Ray Wise, is briefly retiring his pitchfork to guest on a February ep of Numb3rs. He’ll play a jury consultant for a defendant which Robin, Don and co. are trying to convict of murder.

•    NCIS is delving into the personal life of Director Vance (Rocky Carroll). According to a CBS insider, producers are introducing his never-before-seen wife and children later this season. Casting is underway.

•    If you blink while watching Worst Week‘s Feb. 9 season finale there’s a very good chance you’ll miss Zach Braff, who makes a split-second cameo. CBS’ freshman comedy was shooting on Scrubs‘ vacant hospital set the same day Braff was there looping dialogue for an upcoming episode. "He appears very briefly in the background of a scene," says a source. "He just did it for fun."

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  • Shane

    This really had to take the #1 news spot bumping off the Billy Petersen article? This really isn’t worth it!

  • Kay

    I love Lois Smith as Gran on True Blood and cannot wait to see her again. Although it does intrigue me in what the flashback have to do with.

  • Kelly

    Didn’t we see Director Vance’s fam in the xmas ep?

  • kirads09

    Cannot wait to see Ray Wise on Numb3rs. For that matter, can’t wait for Reaper to start again!

  • keiren63

    I LOVED Sookie’s grandmother! I’ll take a bunch of flashback sequences.

  • Roman

    so…..the photo of anna paquin is in reference to?……

  • sue

    is thomas gibson leaving criminal minds

  • bob

    on ncis they did show vance’s family briefly in the christmas episode

  • to bob

    yes they did :)

  • Bella Lugosi

    I love Sookie but granny needs to stay down.

  • Anonymous

    “I mean, they lost both parents. That’s just careless.” – Zach Braff on orphans

  • DJ Rogue

    After watching the first two episodes on the network that does NOT deserve to be named, it’d be a shame if Braff and Lawrence didn’t stick around after these 16…

  • Lori

    Anna Paquin plays Sookie Stakehouse on HBO’s wonderful adult series “True Blood”.

  • McGovern

    Why is Zack Braff appearing as an extra news?

  • Rory L. Aronsky

    “”I mean, they lost both parents. That’s just careless.” – Zach Braff on orphans”
    Yeah, you’re obviously not into literature. That originally came from Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest”: “To lose one parent…may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.”

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