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Robin Williams to star in CBS comedy pilot

Robin Williams is looking to transition to the small screen. He’s set to star in a new CBS comedy pilot from David E. Kelley called Crazy Ones, which focuses on a father and daughter who work together in an advertising office. It’s described as a workplace/single-camera comedy.

CBS also picked up two drama pilots today, one of which could raise eyebrows since some politicians and the NRA are trying to blame Hollywood for gun violence. CBS has ordered a project called Anatomy of Violence, a potential new series from the masterminds behind Homeland (Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa) that focuses on a criminal psychologist with an expertise in sociopaths who partners with a young female detective with whom he shares a conflicted past.

Sounds like a swell companion for Criminal Minds, no?  Or maybe it’s a romance disguised as a dark violent show! Anyway, it’s from 20th Century Fox TV, which makes the award-winning Homeland for Showtime. Alex Cary is also listed as the writer.

The network also picked up a pilot called Intelligence from executive producers Michael Seitzman, David Semel and Tripp Vinson. Its described as a drama that is centered at the U.S. Cyber Command, which focuses on a unit that has been created around one agent with a very special gift, a microchip that has been implanted in his brain that allows him to access the entire electromagnetic spectrum.

As with any pilot, there are no guarantees that these three will be picked up to series — though if you have a star like Williams, it sure does help. CBS, like the other broadcast networks, will announce which pilots make the cut for fall at the New York upfronts in May.

'How I Met Your Mother' scoop: Kyle MacLachlan returning!

The Captain is back!

EW has confirmed that Kyle MacLachlan will make a grand return to How I Met Your Mother in an episode slated to air Feb. 18. But what prompts Zoey’s (Jennifer Morrison) ex husband to cross paths with the gang again? Details are being kept under wraps, but Vulture reports that The Captain reaches out to Ted, prompting a Ted-level stress-out.

George Van Smoot, better known as The Captain, was last seen in season 6′s “Garbage Island.”

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'Dallas' casts Lee Majors as [spoiler]'s former flame! -- EXCLUSIVE

TNT’s Dallas has snagged itself a Six Million Dollar Man.

EW has learned exclusively that Lee Majors has booked a two-episode guest spot on the second season of TNT’s hit reboot drama. He will play Ken Richards, an old flame of Sue Ellen’s who finds himself crossing paths with her once again for business matters.

Majors, who best known for playing Col. Steve Austin, recently had guest spots on Raising Hope, Grey’s Anatomy and CSI: NY.

Dallas kicked off its second season on Tuesday, with an episode that notched almost 3 million viewers.

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'Big Bang Theory': Meet Raj's (possible) love interest!

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Will Cupid finally shoot an arrow into the lonely heart of Raj?

EW has confirmed that The Big Bang Theory has cast a possible love interest for Kunal Nayyar’s alter-ego.

It’s Kate Micucci!

As first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, the actress from Fox’s Raising Hope will join the CBS comedy for several episodes as Lucy. She’ll make her first appearance on, appropriately enough, the comedy’s Valentine’s Day episode. The episode is titled “The Tangible Affection Proof.”

The promise of love for Raj started last July at Comic-Con, when Executive Producer Chuck Lorre teased that the character could be getting a galpal. “But don’t cheer yet,” Lorre told the crowd. “Wait til you see it.”

Micucci’s other credits include When in Rome, Suburgatory, and Bored to Death.

'Southland': 'Major Dad' will play ... -- EXCLUSIVE

Major Dad is coming to Southland!

Gerald McRaney, whose credits also include Mike & Molly, Deadwood and The A-Team, will play Det. Hicks, a retired police officer who was Officer John Cooper’s (Michael Cudlitz) training officer. He now drinks a little too much and lives on a boat in Marina Del Rey.

McRaney is set to recur for at least five episodes.

Southland returns to TNT for its fifth season on Feb. 13 at 10 p.m. The cop drama also stars Shawn Hatosy, C. Thomas Howell, Regina King and Ben McKenzie.

'Hot in Cleveland' taps 'Ugly Betty' alum Michael Urie for guest spot -- EXCLUSIVE

Although his show Partners was cancelled back in November, Michael Urie has found work on another comedy. EW has exclusively learned that Urie — who used to star as the beloved Marc St. James on ABC’s Ugly Betty — will guest star on the next season of TV Land’s hit Hot in Cleveland.

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'Boy Meets World' spin-off: Meet Cory and Topanga's daughter -- EXCLUSIVE

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Boy Meets World fans, meet your Girl: EW has exclusively learned that 11-year-old Rowan Blanchard will play the daughter of Cory (Ben Savage) and Topanga (Danielle Fishel) in the Disney Channel spin-off of Boy Meets World, titled Girl Meets World.

The Los Angeles-based actress — with credits in Spy Kids: All the Time in World in 4D and The Back-up Plan — was just notified tonight that she’d be playing the part of Cory and Topanga’s daughter Riley Matthews after a nationwide casting search.

“As soon as Rowan walked into the room, I was reminded of why Ben Savage was loved as Cory Matthews,” says Michael Jacobs, who’s producing the Girl Meets World pilot. “Rowan is real and accessible and I am hopeful this girl is about to meet a world that will love growing up with her as well.”

It should be stressed, however, that the return to World is still a ways away: The pilot for Girl Meets World is set to begin production next month. If it gets greenlit to series (which is all but assured), expect this Girl to find her place on Disney Channel’s 2013-14 schedule.

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'2 Broke Girls' books 2 Chainz for guest spot

The night after the Grammy Awards on CBS, 2 Broke Girls is going to have a musical moment of their own, with a guest appearance from rapper 2 Chainz.

EW has learned that the rapper, who is up for three Grammys, will appear on the Feb. 11 episode of 2 Broke Girls, playing himself.

Per the episode info, Max (Kat Denning) and Caroline (Beth Behrs) encounter 2 Chainz on a private plane after meeting a well-connected record label employee who is so smitten with Max that he offers to fly the pair to Los Angeles for the Grammys.

2 Broke Girls airs Mondays on CBS.

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'CSI: NY' scoop: Josh Groban to star as...EXCLUSIVE

No, the music man hasn’t offered himself up as a corpse for the CBS franchise.

Instead, Josh Groban will play himself in a special Valentine’s Day episode for CSI: NY. Groban will tickle the ivories in a scene that will serve two purposes: It’ll give the procedural a little star power, while providing Groban a chance to promote his upcoming album “All That Echoes,” that will be released Feb. 5 on Reprise Records.

In the episode, Groban will perform “Happy in My Heartache” in a restaurant.

 

 

Britpop star Olly Murs to perform on '90210' -- EXCLUSIVE

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Britpop star and former UK X-Factor contestant Olly Murs is heading to 90210.

In the episode, slated to air in April, Murs pops up to help Liam and Navid woo a pro-surfer. The singer will perform two songs — “Troublemaker,” his song featuring Flo Rida and “Right Place Right Time.”

While Americans may not know Murs yet, the 28-year-old has topped the charts across the pond with his singles “Dance with Me Tonight” and the aforementioned “Troublemaker.” When he spoke to EW in December, Murs acknowledge the divide between his UK success and impending introduction to crowds in the U.S. “I mean, when you come to the States, you’ve gotta start from scratch,” he said. “It’s a new start for everyone. We’ve got to showcase my talent and try to win new fans.”

90210 returns with new episodes Monday (Jan. 21) at 9 p.m. ET on the CW.

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Bethenny Frankel to guest star on 'The Neighbors' -- EXCLUSIVE

A former Real Housewife is going to take a fictional one under her wing.

In an upcoming episode of ABC’s The Neighbors, Bethenny Frankel will guest star as a businesswoman who offers to help launch Debbie Weaver’s (Jami Gertz) handbag business.

The episode, titled “Mo Purses Mo Money Mo Problems,” is shooting this week and expected to air in March or April.

While Frankel, who recently announced her impending divorce from husband Jason Hoppy, has appeared on a series of reality shows — including The Apprentice: Martha Stewart and her Housewives spin-offs Bethenny Getting Married/Bethenny Ever After –  this will mark her first time appearing on a network primetime scripted TV series. Her talk show Bethenny will air in syndication fall 2013.

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Sarah Shahi to recur on 'Person of Interest'

Sarah Shahi is going after Finch and Reese!

The former Fairly Legal star has scored a recurring guest star role on CBS’s Person of Interest, EW has learned.

She will play Shaw, a “fearless, sexy operative in a secret paramilitary organization that tracks and eliminates terrorists before they can act,” according to creator/executive producer Jonathan Nolan. “She brings to her work a yen for mayhem and a sharp, dark wit — in whatever language the locals are speaking,” he says of the character. “If James Bond and Sarah Connor had a kid, Shaw would kick its ass.”

Her multi-episode arc begins in the Feb. 21 episode, titled “Relevance,” which will be directed by Nolan.

Shahi currently recurs on Chicago Fire.

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'The Mindy Project' nabs Seth Rogen to play...

Seth Rogen is taking a break from his Guilt Trip for a trip down memory lane on The Mindy Project.

Fox has announced that the actor, who currently stars alongside Barbra Streisand in The Guilt Trip, will guest on the Feb. 19 episode of the freshman comedy as Sam, a man who once had a teen romance with Mindy. (He was her first kiss!)

In the episode, titled “The One That Got Away,” Mindy finds herself reunited with Sam, and after reminiscing about their time at Jewish summer camp, they begin to rekindle their puppy love.

Rogen is arguably one of the biggest-name guest stars to visit The Mindy Project, which last month also booked Office alum B.J. Novak for a guest stint.

Mindy returns tonight with new episodes.

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