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'Elementary' nabs 'Game of Thrones' actress for pivotal role

Elementary fans are going to meet the most important woman in Sherlock Holmes’s life.

CBS has announced that Natalie Dormer is set to appear in a three-episode arc, playing Sherlock’s former lover Irene Adler, whose death at the hands of Moriarty has previously been mentioned on the show.

“We’re moving to the next chapter in our show — and in some ways, to a previous chapter in Holmes’ story,” executive producer and creator Rob Doherty said in a statement. “Irene Adler is perhaps the most pivotal relationship in Sherlock’s life, and I can’t think of an actress better suited to the challenge than Natalie.” READ FULL STORY

Michael Imperioli joins 'Californication'

Michael Imperioli is headed to Californication.

The Emmy-winning Sopranos alum has just booked a multi-episode arc on the seventh season of the Showtime comedy starring David Duchovny as Hank Moody. Imperioli is set to play Rick Rath, a “successful old-school television producer who will play a key role in Hank’s latest venture,” according to the network.

Imperioli most recently made guest appearances on Girls and Necessary Roughness, and his most recent television starring role was on ABC’s Detroit 1-8-7.

Production on the new 12-episode season of Californication is set to begin later this month and will air next year.

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A nice bit of imaginative casting announced for Glee: Sons of Anarchy co-star Katey Sagal will join the cast as Artie’s mom!

Sagal will appear in episode No. 421 dubbed “Wonder-ful,” which will pay tribute to Stevie Wonder.

So thrilled to announce my friend Katey Sagal is playing Artie’s mom on Glee!” Co-creator Ryan Murphy announced on Twitter. “There is nothing this woman can’t do!”

The Glee casting folks may have found inspiration from Artie’s alter-ego Kevin Hale. He mentioned during last summer’s Comic-Con panel that Sagal is his dream mom, while Harry Connick Jr. should play his dad. (No word about that).

Sagal’s appearance won’t affect her day job as Gemma Teller Morrow on SOA, which doesn’t begin filming its new season until May 15.

'Once Upon a Time' spin-off casts Alice

The cast of ABC’s Once Upon a Time mini spin-off continues to take shape.

EW has confirmed that actress Sophie Lowe (Road Kill) has landed the role of Alice in the project, now titled Once: Wonderland.

She joins a cast that also includes Being Human‘s Michael Socha, who plays the Knave of Hearts, and Peter Gadiot, an actor with only a few credits to his name, who plays Alice’s mysterious love interest, Cyrus.

Rainn Wilson to play irascible cop for CBS

CBS has definitely won the sweepstakes for best pilot casting this year.

The network — which has already lured actors like Robin Williams, Anna Faris, Jason Isaacs, Toni Collette and Josh Holloway — has cast Rainn Wilson in the leading role of Backstrom, a drama pilot that’s based on a Swedish detective series of same name about an overweight, offensive irascible cop as he tries and fails to change his self-destructive behavior. Wilson will play Det. Backstrom. Other cast members in the drama pilot from Hart Hanson, Leif G.W. Persson and Niclas Salomonsson include Dennis Haysbert as Det. John Almon and Kristoffer Polaha as Sgt. Peter Niedermayer.

Since NBC passed on Wilson’s spinoff of The Office dubbed The Farm, the funny man was blissfully up for grabs. He became one of a handful of most sought after actors this pilot season — that is, until CBS added him to its high-profile roster of stars for fall. Other actors nabbed by the Eye include Marg Helgenberger, Dylan McDermott, CCH Pounder, Rupert Grint, John Corbett and most interestingly, Brandon T. Jackson and Eddie Murphy — who will star in Shawn Ryan’s Beverly Hills Cop pilot.

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'Walking Dead' actor joins CBS drama

An actor who recurs on The Walking Dead has joined the cast of CBS’ brought-back-from-the-dead drama Unforgettable.

Dallas Roberts (The Good Wife, The L Word) will join the series as a detective in charge of the major cases section of the NYPD.

CBS decided to bring back the cop drama in June for a 13-episode run this summer beginning July 28.

Roberts plays Milton — who works with the Governor — on Walking Dead.

Showtime's 'The Vatican' finds a Pope

After a week that saw the appointment of Pope Francis, Showtime’s The Vatican has appointed a new Pope of its own.

Bruno Ganz (Downfall) has been cast in the drama pilot as Pope Sixtus, described as “an unassuming and introspective caretaker of the Church, who struggles with his own legacy, and how history will judge his papacy.”

Ganz joins a cast that already includes FNL alum Kyle Chandler, who will star as Cardinal Thomas Duffy, and Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies), who plays his sister.

As previously reported, the pilot will also mark the first television project from Ridley Scott, who will direct the pilot and serve as an executive producer alongside Paul Attanasio (Donnie Brasco) and David Zucker (The Good Wife).

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John Stamos to recur on 'Necessary Roughness'

John Stamos will have his eyes on Callie Thorne’s Dani during next season of Necessary Roughness.

After a stint on The New Normal this fall, Stamos is set for a recurring guest role on season 3 of USA’s sports drama. He’ll play Connor McClane, the founder of V3 — a sports and entertainment management company that’s is looking to get Dani on its payroll after her success working with Terrence King (Mehcad Brooks). Per a release from the USA Network, “Connor will do whatever it takes to get Dani into the V3 family.”

Necessary Roughness‘s third season premieres this summer.

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'Arrow': Colton Haynes promoted to series regular for season 2

Get ready to see a lot more of Roy Harper.

The CW and Warner Bros. announced today that Colton Haynes, the former Teen Wolf actor who left the MTV series late last year to play Harper, has been promoted to a series regular. He will continue in a guest star role for the remainder of season 1 before taking on a larger role when the show returns in the fall.

Playing a teenager who has struck up a budding romance with Thea (Willa Holland), the younger sister of Oliver “Arrow” Queen (Steven Amell), Haynes joined the series just a few weeks ago. In the comic books, Harper eventually becomes the superhero’s sidekick Red Arrow.

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'Community' scene-stealer to guest star on 'Sullivan & Son'

TBS comedy Sullivan & Son is about to get Chang-ed!

EW has learned exclusively that Community fan-fave Ken Jeong is set to appear in a second-season episode of S&S, set to air in the summer.

He will play Jason, Steve’s (Steve Byrne) doctor brother-in-law whose workaholic ways are putting strain on his marriage to Steve’s sister, Susan (Vivan Bang). So Susan enlists Steve’s help in getting Jason to unwind, but the plan backfires when Jason begins to reject his old life entirely.

Jeong currently appears on NBC’s Community as former professor/security guard Ben Chang, and is well known for his appearances in the Hangover films.

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'Star Trek' actor joins J.J. Abrams pilot

Bones from Star Trek is moving to the small screen: Karl Urban, who played the role of the USS Enterprise’s chief medical officer in the 2009 flick helmed by J.J. Abrams, will play another one on Human, Abram’s drama pilot in contention for fall of 2013 on Fox.

Urban will play John Kennex, a respected police officer who has shut down emotionally after a tragic mission left him critically injured.

Human will be exec produced by J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk and written by J.H. Wyman. The logline says its an action-packed buddy cop show, set in the near future, when police officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids.

Other recently cast actors for Human include Lily Taylor (Six Feet Under) and Michael Ealy, who will play an android policeman.

John Malkovich joins NBC pirate series

Now here’s a dangerously (good) liaison: NBC has lured John Malkovich (Dangerous Liaisons) for the period pirate drama Crossbones, a series in the works for next season. Malkovich will play Edward Teach, a.k.a Blackbeard, who “ruled over the pirates, thieves and ne’er-do-wells on the Bahamian island of New Providence in the early 1700s.” Crossbones has a 10-episode series order; it was supposed to air sometime this season but will likely go next fall, instead.

The was originally talk that Hugh Laurie would play the role of Blackbeard as a follow-up to his work on Fox’s House M.D.

'Six Feet Under' actress joins J.J. Abrams pilot

Lili Taylor, best known for her work in Six Feet Under, Ransom and Say Anything, has joined the untitled Bad Robot/J.H. Wyman drama pilot at Fox.

She’ll play Maldonado, an ambitious and determined police captain who is willing to make sacrifices for the greater good.

J.J. Abrams’ latest project is described as an action-packed buddy cop show, set in the near future, when all LAPD officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids. Michael Ealy was also recently cast as an android policeman.


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