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Another one of Meryl Streep’s daughters is heading for the small screen.
EW has confirmed that Grace Gummer, the third of four children Streep has with artist Don Gummer, has been cast on HBO’s Newsroom in a recurring role.
She will play a reporter embedded with Mitt Romney’s campaign in the second season of the show, which will also feature appearances from Patton Oswalt and Rosemarie DeWitt.
The second eldest Gummer, Mamie, is currently the star of CW’s Emily Owen M.D.
ABC has recruited two new agents for Joss Whedon’s S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot.
Elizabeth Henstridge and Iain De Caestecker have both been cast in the project, joining Ming-Na, who was cast in a lead role last month.
Henstridge, who last year booked a role on the J.J. Abrams’ CW pilot Shelter, joins as Agent Gemma Simmons, while De Caestrecker will play Agent Leo Fitz.
The much-anticipated project, which centers on superspy operation established in the Marvel universe, received a pilot order from ABC back in August.
THR first reported the casting.
Season two of NBC’s Smash continues to bring out the big guns in order to lure more viewers: EW has learned that icon Liza Minnelli will appear as herself in the second season, set to begin airing in February 2013; Minnelli’s episode is titled “The Surprise Party” and will air sometime in the spring. The actress will sing an original song, penned by Marc Shaiman and Scott Whittman, alongside series star Christian Borle who plays Broadway composer Tom.
Joey McIntyre’s got the right stuff — for 90210.
EW has learned exclusively that the New Kid on the Block has just scored a guest spot in an upcoming episode of 90210, playing an up and coming music manager who has some business with Dixon (Tristan Wilds). It is scheduled to air in February.
90210 airs Mondays on the CW.
Hawaii Five-0 has paid homage to the original series several times in its first few seasons, but the show is about to make what is arguably its biggest nod yet.
EW has learned exclusively that the CBS drama will soon start production on an updated version of “Hookman,” an episode of the original series that was first aired almost four decades ago and won an Emmy in 1974 for Best Music Composition.
Fran Drescher isn’t the only one who will be Happily Divorced come next year: EW has just exclusively learned that SNL alum Molly Shannon will guest on the TV Land sitcom, in an episode set to air not long after the new year.
Shannon is set to play the Maggie, the sister of Peter (John Michael Higgins), the gay guy who used to be married to — and still lives with — florist Fran (Fran Drescher). Like Fran, Shannon’s character is recently divorced and moves to LA to stay with the odd couple. The casting actually pits Shannon against Drescher, as Drescher’s character doesn’t like Shannon’s Maggie because of an infraction that dates back to the wedding day between Fran and Peter. Some new things come to light about that day after Maggie surfaces in LA.
Shannon is set to tape her episode in the coming weeks.
Happily Divorced returns to TV Land with new episodes on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 10:30 p.m.
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Michelle Trachtenberg is scary good at playing unhinged people (Georgina Sparks, anyone?) and Criminal Minds has taken notice!
The show, currently in its eighth season, has booked Trachtenberg for an upcoming guest spot in which she plays a stalker who goes haywire after being denied a job. Bonus scoop: I’m told this episode will prominently feature Reid’s new love interest. (And no, it’s not Trachtenberg!)
It was only a few weeks ago that Walking Dead executive producer Robert Kirkman spelled out to EW one of the guiding principles of AMC’s zombie saga. “People have to die!” declared Kirkman, who also writes the Walking Dead comic. That idea was doubly — triply? — confirmed in the course of tonight’s show, which featured the demise of Sarah Wayne Callies’ Lori and IronE Singleton’s T-Dog while also replacing the headscarf of Melissa McBride’s Carol with a is-she-or-ain’t-she-zombie-chow? question mark.
Jack and Renee will be back together again on Fox!
EW has learned exclusively that Annie Wersching — who portrayed FBI Agent Renee Walker in seasons 7 and 8 of 24 — will guest star in the second season of the Kiefer Sutherland starrer Touch. Wersching will play Dr. Kate Gordon, a smart and caring family therapist specializing in early childhood trauma and behavioral issues. Her episode will air sometime in the spring.
Touch returns to Fox on Feb. 1.
As 24 fans can recall, Wersching’s Annie died from a sniper shot just minutes after she shared an oh-so-intimate moment with Jack… in bed.
A Breakout Kings actress is breaking in to USA’s Graceland.
EW has learned exclusively that Serinda Swan, who previously starred on A&E’s Breakout Kings, is set to guest star in three episodes of Jeff Eastin’s (White Collar) new effort at USA about a group of federal agents who live in a beach house together.
She will play Paige, a undercover DEA agent who sets up at Graceland, a live-in home base for a tag team of law enforcement workers. Her character is said to be a hard drinker who likes to play hard, too. According to casting intel: “She uses everything from her sex appeal to her unorthodox resourcefulness to get in deep with the enemy.”
On Breakout Kings Swan played Erika, a member of a task force made up of ex-cons. It was cancelled earlier this year after two seasons.
Graceland, which was picked up in June, is set to debut in summer 2013.
Bradley Whitford could be headed back to TV.
The West Wing alum has landed the lead in ABC’s comedy pilot, Trophy Wife, starring alongside Malin Akerman, who plays, well, you know.
This would be Whitford’s first regular TV role since 2010′s The Good Guys.
The actor will play a twice-married father of three (terrible children), who falls in love with reformed party girl, played by Akerman. But the transition is rough to say the least. The single-camera comedy comes from executive producers by Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskinswhich.
Since The Good Guys, Whitford has had guest spots on The Mentalist, Parks and Recreation, and appeared in last year’s The Cabin in the Woods.
That sound you hear is my inner nerd crying out in glee.
EW has confirmed news – first posted on HIMYM’s Twitter account — that Seth Green, who played Alyson Hannigan’s on-screen romance Oz on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, will guest in an upcoming episode.
Green will play Daryl LaCoutre, a man who considered Marshall (Jason Segel) and Lily (Hannigan) among his best friends in college. The problem? They barely remember him! That makes things interesting when they cross paths with him 12 years after they last saw him and find that he’s still living in their college town and, according to casting scoop, is “creepily obsessed with having them in his life.”
The news comes just weeks before another highly anticipated guest star, Joe Manganiello, is set to begin his two-episode arc on Nov. 12. Just yesterday, EW had the first look at his appearance, which you can see here.
Green’s episode is tentatively scheduled to air Dec. 10, but until then, let’s just stare at the photo above.
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