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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.

'So You Think You Can Dance' champ wins role in 'Delirium' pilot

Jeanine-Mason

So You Think You Can Dance winner Jeanine Mason has scored a role in the upcoming Delirium pilot for Fox.

Mason joins a cast playing lead character Lena’s (Emma Roberts) party animal best friend, Hana, in the book-based pilot about a world in which love is treated as a disease known as Deliria. Per a character description, Hana is described as a “party animal” and “an apparently flirty girl who lives next door to Julian Fineman and enjoys messing with his head.” But it is teased that Hana may “ultimately less rebellious than she appears.”

Mason was most recently seen on ABC Family’s Bunheads and is best known for winning the fifth season of  So You Think You Can Dance.

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'American Horror Story': Oscar-winner Kathy Bates joining season 3

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Season 3 of American Horror Story is shaping up to be a master class in acting: EW has confirmed that Oscar-winner Kathy Bates will be squaring off against Oscar-winner Jessica Lange in the third installment of FX’s horror anthology. This marks somewhat of a horror homecoming for Bates who won the Academy Award for her role as cray cray fan Annie in Misery.

EW previously announced that AHS season one alum Taissa Farmiga would be returning along with Lange, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe, Sarah Paulson, and Frances Conroy. Of season three, Murphy told EW, “What we’re doing is more ambitious than what we’ve ever done.” He added, “This one will be shot on location in three different cities in the country.”

The Bates casting was originally reported by TVLine.

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'How I Met Your Mother': Becki Newton to return -- EXCLUSIVE

Quinn is back!

After breaking off her engagement with Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) earlier this season, EW has learned that Becki Newton’s Quinn will return to How I Met Your Mother for an episode, set to air April 15.

Details about Quinn’s return are being kept under wraps, but that’s not a surprise. This season of HIMYM has seen a few high-profile guest-star returns that were shrouded in secrecy, including Joe Manganiello, Rachel Bilson, and most recently, Kyle MacLachlan’s The Captain, who appeared two weeks ago to offer Lily a job.

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Jason Ritter lands lead in Fox pilot

Those hoping for a Mark and Sarah reconciliation on Parenthood might be out of luck.

Jason Ritter has just landed a lead role in Fox’s Friends & Family pilot. Ritter will play Gavin, an “adorably neurotic and witty” guy with “Woody Allen DNA” who begins dating a co-worker he befriended through Skype and Facebook, according to casting intel.

The half-hour, single-cam comedy is based off the BBC hit Gavin and Stacey.

Ritter most recently had a recurring role on NBC’s Parenthood, playing a love interest for Lauren Graham’s Sarah. In the show’s season finale, Sarah chose to pursue Ray Romano’s character, leaving Ritter’s future on the show uncertain.

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