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Dave Annable scrubbing in for Fox soap pilot

Brothers & Sisters alum Dave Annable is giving the prime-time soap world another go.

EW has learned that Annable has been cast as a series regular in Fox pilot Red Band Society, the hospital soap about a group of teenage patients who form a bond while being treated in a children’s wing. Octavia Spencer also recently signed onto the project.

Annable, who last appeared in ABC’s 666 Park Avenue, will play Dr. William McAndrew, a rock star pediatric oncologist and surgeon who is compassionate and dedicated to his job but tries — usually in vain — not to get attached to his young patients.

The one-hour dramedy, from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television, is considered a strong contender for fall. Fox will announce its official 2014-15 slate in May at the annual Upfronts presentations in New York City. Spielberg, Margaret Nagle and Justin Falvey are among the exec producers.

'Grey's Anatomy' shocker: Isaiah Washington returning!

Dr. Burke is checking back in to Grey’s Anatomy.

EW has learned that Isaiah Washington is set to reprise his role as the heart surgeon/former flame of Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) in an episode airing in May. This marks Washington’s first appearance on the ABC medical drama since season 3, when his character left Cristina at the altar and the actor was let go from the series.

Creator Shonda Rhimes said in a statement that the character’s return is an integral part of providing closure to Cristina Yang, whose portrayer Oh is set to leave the series at the end of this season.  “It’s important to me that Cristina’s journey unfolds exactly as it should,” Rhimes said. “Burke is vital to that journey — he gives her story that full-circle moment we need to properly say goodbye to our beloved Cristina Yang.”

Since leaving Grey’s Anatomy, Washington has appeared in bit parts on TV shows like Single Ladies and Law & Order: LA and will next appear in the CW’s 100, premiering this month.

Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

Lindsay Lohan to guest on '2 Broke Girls'

Lindsay Lohan is about to make life a little harder for Max and Caroline on 2 Broke Girls.

CBS announced today that the actress is set to appear in an episode of its female-led comedy, playing a character named Claire Guinness, a bride-to-be who enlists Max (Kat Dennings) and Caroline (Beth Behrs) to make her wedding cake. But soon after taking the gig, it becomes clear to the cake-making duo that Claire has trouble making decisions. The episode is scheduled to air April 14.

This is far from the first time Lohan has appeared on the small screen. She has done guest spots on Glee, Anger Management and Ugly Betty and will soon be the subject of a documentary series on the OWN network.

Mila Kunis to guest on 'Two and a Half Men'

Two and a Half Men is staging a That ’70s Show reunion. 

CBS has announced that Mila Kunis, who previously played Jackie on the retro sitcom and in real life plays the role of significant other to series star Ashton Kutcher, has been tapped to guest star in an upcoming episode. Kunis will play Vivian, a young, beautiful, free-spirited world traveler who has an instant connection with Kutcher’s Walden. Normally, this wouldn’t be a problem, except Walden meets Vivian, whom he thinks is “the one,” just before he was set to propose to another woman.

Kunis, who played opposite husband-to-be Kutcher on ’70s Show for eight seasons, will next be seen in Jupiter Ascending, starring Channing Tatum, and currently lends her voice to Fox’s Family Guy.

'Supernatural: Tribes' enlists (another!) 'Vampire Diaries' alum

The upcoming Supernatural spin-off continues to pluck talent from the vast Vampire Diaries alumni files.

The latest? Stephen Martines, who has been tapped for a series regular spot on Supernatural: Tribes and most recently played ultra-violent vamp Frederick (a.k.a.: Pearl’s tomb buddy) on TVD in seasons 1 and 3. Martines will play Det. Freddie Costa, a world-weary Chicago cop who serves as a mentor to main character Ennis (Lucien Laviscount) but is also secretly on the payroll of one of the city’s most powerful monster families.

As previously reported, the spin-off, which will air as an episode of Supernatural on April 29, will tell the story of warring Chicago-area monster families and follow a new hunter’s (Laviscount) quest to stop the fighting and rid the city of all things supernatural.

Martinez joins fellow TVD alums Nathaniel Buzolic and Sean Faris in the project.

The studio also announced today that Danielle Savre, who played one of Hayden Panettiere’s cheerleader buddies in Heroes, has been cast in the series regular role of Margo The character is said to be the head of an influential shapeshifter family.

'Jane the Virgin': Gina Rodriguez cast as lead in new CW pilot

The new CW pilot Jane the Virgin has found its Jane.

EW has learned that Gina Rodriguez will play the title role in Jane the Virgin, which is adapted from the Venezuelan telenovela and is about a “hard-working, religious young Latina woman” who finds herself artificially inseminated … by accident.

The pilot will be written by Jennie Snyder Urman, who most recently wrote an episode of The CW’s Reign.

'Franklin & Bash' invites Mike Tyson into the ring this summer -- EXCLUSIVE

You know it’s worth watching when they’ve got a Mike Tyson cameo.

Franklin & Bash returns for a fourth season this summer, and in one episode the boys will have Mr. Face Tattoo to reckon with. The amazing John Michael Higgins (Pitch Perfect, Best in Show) will also star in the episode as Gordon Derringer, a restauranteur and rival of Stanton Infeld (Malcolm McDowell), the head of the law firm. As a power play, Derringer hires Iron Mike to rough up Infeld, but Franklin and Bash take him on instead. Tyson will play himself. Word is out on the tiger; I hope she’ll be playing herself too.

Sounds great right? It’ll be hard to beat this scene though… READ FULL STORY

'Young and the Restless' casts Seahawks fullback

A trip to Disneyland after a big win has apparently been usurped by a guest-starring role on a daytime sudser.

After Seattle Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson revealed on NFL Total Access that his guilty pleasure is watching The Young and the Restless, the CBS drama booked the Super Bowl champ for a guest spot.

Robinson will now make his acting debut on March 13. He was written into an episode that will have him appearing alongside Eric Braeden (Victor Newman).

“It was an amazing experience! I’ve been a fan for years, and it was great to meet the personalities on the show,” Robinson said in a statement. “I’ve always thought Y&R was the best show on daytime television because their storylines are always entertaining and intriguing. They welcomed me with open arms, and I felt like a part of the Y&R family.”

 

'Ray Donovan' casts star from 'The Wire'

Showtime’s drama Ray Donovan has picked up a popular actor from The Wire to recur in season 2.

Wendell Pierce, who played Det. Moreland on HBO drama, will guest star as Mr. Keith, which the net describes as a “down on his luck parole officer who gets a payoff from Ray (Liev Schreiber). Most recently, Pierce starred on NBC’s The Michael J. Fox Show, which is not expected to earn a second season pickup.

Production on the second season of Ray Donovan, which also stars Jon Voight, is currently underway in Los Angeles to prepare for a summer premiere. Other actors joining the series this season are Hank Azaria, Sherilyn Fenn and Vinessa Shaw.

'Drop Dead Diva' taps 'Pretty Little Liars' vet for guest spot

Janel Parrish is used to being in sticky situations on Pretty Little Liars, but her next dilemma is going to require some professional intervention.

EW has learned exclusively that the actress has been tapped to guest star on the final season of Drop Dead Diva. Parrish will play a character named Chelsea Jones, a cheerleader for a professional basketball team who finds viral video fame after someone captures her epic on-field meltdown on camera. When she decides to sue the team, she calls in Jane (Brooke Elliot) for help, but also becomes a target of bullying by the head cheerleader.

Parrish, who currently plays Mona on ABC Family’s teen hit, will begin filming Friday for the episode, which will air this April.

Drop Dead Diva returns with its final season March 23 at 9 p.m. ET. Colin Egglesfield (The Client List), Virginia Williams (How I Met Your Mother), and Corbin Bleu (High School Musical) are among the guest stars slated for the the season opener. Rick Springfield and Jay DeMarcus from Rascal Flatts are also set to appear this season.

'Doctor Who' alum Karen Gillan to star in ABC pilot 'Selfie'

Doctor Who fans, your prayers (to the Time Lord?) have been answered: Karen Gillan could be coming back to TV.

EW has learned that the former Doctor companion has been cast as the lead in the ABC pilot Selfie, from Suburgatory creator Emily Kapnek.

The single-cam comedy, said to be inspired by My Fair Lady, centers on a self-obsessed 20-something woman named Eliza Dooley (Gillan), who is more concerned with “likes” than being liked. In the pilot, a video of her very public and humiliating breakup goes viral and she enlists the help of a marketing expert at her company to help repair her tarnished image.

The announcement of the casting comes on the heels of the release of the well-received first teaser for Guardians of the Galaxy, in which Gillan appears as blue-skinned alien Nebula.

'Office' alum Oscar Nunez joins USA comedy 'Benched'

Oscar Nunez is coming back to TV.

This time, The Office alum will star alongside Happy Endings‘ Eliza Coupe in the upcoming USA Network comedy Benched, about a corporate attorney whose breakdown leaves her working as a public defender. Nunez, who joins as a series regular, will play a colleague of Nina’s.

The single-cam comedy, from executive producers and writers Michaela Watkins (Saturday Night Live) and Damon Jones (Halfway Home), also stars Jay Harrington, who plays a public defender at Nina’s office.

Since signing off with The Office almost year ago, Nunez has appeared on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
and has a role in the upcoming Chilean miner movie The 33, which stars Antonio Banderas.

Benched received a series order from the USA Network in January.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan to guest star on 'Shameless' finale -- EXCLUSIVE

After Fiona (Emmy Rossum) proved she wasn’t exactly the best guardian on the planet — one of the kids got into her cocaine stash during Sunday’s episode — she was escorted to jail, so it looks like she can kiss her cushy office job goodbye. The good news, however, is that there will be a handsome face welcoming her to her new job at a diner.

Enter Denny Duquette Jeffrey Dean Morgan! EW has learned exclusively that Morgan will guest star in the show’s season 4 finale as Charlie, the manager of the diner, a.k.a. Fiona’s new boss (with dimples that are to die for). This is Shameless we’re talking about, though, so don’t hold your breath for a happy ending.

Shameless airs Sundays at 9  p.m. on Showtime. Morgan’s appearance in the finale is set for Sunday, April 6.

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