CBS confirmed a bunch of recent casting news at TCA press tour Sunday morning, with names such as Polly Walker (Rome), Michael Madsen (Resevoir Dogs), Ken Leung (Lost) and Sarah Jones (Alcatraz) joining the network’s shows in roles of varying length. Most of this has been previously reported here or there, but for those who aren’t TV casting news obsessives, you’ll probably find some surprises. Here’s the release:
Vegas – Tuesdays, 10 p.m.
Sarah Jones (Alcatraz) joins as a series regular in the second episode of the freshman series. Jones will play Mia Rizzo, the smart daughter of one of Chicago’s most powerful men, who works in a casino’s “count room,” running a scam designed to funnel cash back to Chicago.
Person of Interest – Thursdays, 9 p.m.
Ken Leung (Lost) will guest star as the POI in the second season premiere on Thursday, Sept. 27.
Emmy Award winner Margo Martindale (Justified) will guest star in the second episode of season two (Thursday, Oct. 4) as a woman with ties to Finch’s hacker nemesis/kidnapper, Root (Amy Acker).
Made in Jersey – Fridays, 9 p.m.
Kristoffer Polaha (Ringer) and Megalyn Echikunwoke (90210) have joined the cast as series regulars. Both will appear for the first time in the episode airing Friday, Oct. 5.
Polaha plays Nolan Adams, a third year attorney at Stark & Rowan who was raised in private schools and the unsupervised Hampton “getaways” and is part of Manhattan’s royal literati.
Megalyn Echikunwoke plays Riley Prescott, a second year lawyer at Stark & Rowan and the daughter of the former U.S. Ambassador to Sweden. Professionally, Riley’s worldly upbringing gives her an automatic buy-in to any case with international clients.
Blue Bloods – Fridays, 10 p.m.
Sebastian Sozzi (My Generation) will recur as Vinny Cruz, Jamie Reagan’s (Will Estes) new partner, a fast-talking, charismatic cop from one of the toughest precincts in the city. His first episode will air Friday, Oct. 5.
Michael Madsen (Resevoir Dogs) will guest star as John, a professional criminal just released from prison and determined to get his revenge on Danny Reagan (Donnie Wahlberg) who arrested him and ruined his life. His episode will air Friday, Oct. 5.
The Mentalist – Sundays, 10 p.m.
Ivan Sergei (Charmed) will recur as Gabe Mancini, a tough, handsome FBI Agent. He will first appear in the season premiere on Sunday, Sept. 30.
Polly Walker (Rome) will recur as Senior FBI Agent Alexa Schultz, a beautiful alpha female with a quick-witted personality.
Also, Jim O’Heir (Parks and Recreation) will guest star in the season premiere on Sept. 30 as a hotel manager with information about a murder.
CSI: NY – Fridays, 9 p.m.
Music from GRAMMY Award winner Green Day will be featured in the fourth episode of the season in which Lindsay (Anna Belknap) is injured when a political candidate is shot. Action sequences will be narrated by songs from Green Day’s forthcoming albums ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tre!
Natalie Martinez will recur as an NYPD detective who works closely with Flack (Eddie Cahill), but it will become clear that there is considerably more to her than meets the eye, both personally and professionally.
NCIS: Los Angeles - Tuesdays, 9 p.m.
The real-life mothers of NCIS: Los Angeles stars Chris O’Donnell, LL Cool J, Daniela Ruah and Eric Christian Olsen will appear in a fall episode alongside their children. The mothers are flying in from all over the country and world (Daniela Ruah’s mother lives in Portugal) to appear in a scene that was hand-picked by executive producer Shane Brennan.