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'Mom' casts Justin Long as love interest for Anna Faris; plus, Octavia Spencer to guest

Justin Long is going to get the hots for Mom.

Chuck Lorre, executive producer and creator of the new comedy from CBS,  announced today during the show’s panel at the Television Critics Association press tour that Long has been cast as a love interest for Anna Faris’ Christy, a newly sober single mom at the center of the series.

“That’s going to come up in the first few episodes,” Lorre said of the character. “Poor bastard doesn’t know what he’s in for, but he’s going to be her first shot for a meaningful relationship.”

Meanwhile, Lorre also announced that Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer (The Help) would guest star in an early episode as “a woman who turns out to have bigger problems than Christy. So Christy gets perspective,” he said.

Mom, which also stars Allison Janney and Matt Hones, premieres on CBS Sept. 23.

'Nashville' reels in 'Sharknado' actress for recurring role -- EXCLUSIVE

She’s already battled airborne sharks, but for her next role, Aubrey Peeples is going to come face to face with creatures with a different kind of bite.

EW has learned exclusively that the Sharknado actress is set to recur on ABC’s Nashville as Layla, a runner-up in a big reality singing competition who just burst onto the music scene and seems to be as sweet and gracious as they come. (Key word: Seems.)

Peeples, who has also appeared on Necessary Roughness and Burn Notice, will first appear in the second episode of Nashville’s upcoming second season, which premieres Sept. 25.

Denis O'Hare joins 'American Horror Story: Coven'

Denis O’Hare is joining the Coven.

American Horror Story executive producer Ryan Murphy announced today via Twitter that O’Hare, who previously appeared on the first cycle of FX’s horror anthology, has scored a part in the third witch-centric season. It is currently unclear what his role will be.

O’Hare is one of many AHS alums set to appear in the upcoming third season, which does not yet have a premiere date. Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Frances Conroy and Lily Rabe are all set to appear, as will a host of new faces, including Kathy Bates and Patti LuPone.

O’Hare most recently worked with the Glee creator on the Murphy-directed film adaptation of The Normal Heart, which is set to air on HBO in 2014.

'Blue Bloods': Ali Wentworth to guest as... -- EXCLUSIVE

Ali Wentworth is signing up for duty on Blue Bloods. But there will be no gun play in this role.

EW has learned that Wentworth is set to play Naomi, an attractive woman with sex appeal whose steady string of complaints to the police over a neighbor leaves the PD with little sympathy. Basically, she’s kind of a pain in the butt.

She will appear in an episode early on during the drama’s upcoming fourth season, premiering Sept. 27.
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'Castle' nabs 'Alphas' alum for guest spot -- EXCLUSIVE

Warren Christie won’t need special powers for his upcoming role on Castle, but they’d probably come in handy.

Christie, who last starred as hyperkinetic Cameron Hicks on Syfy’s Alphas, is set to guest star on the second episode of Castle‘s upcoming sixth season. He will play Brad Parker, a reporter with a penchant for uncovering stories that are deterimental to national security.

Christie, who was on Alphas until its cancellation in January, also recently made guest appearances on Arrow and King & Maxwell.

Castle, which will also welcome guest star Lisa Edelstein this season, returns for new episodes Sept. 23.

CW period drama 'Reign' casts two recurring characters

CW’s upcoming drama Reign is one of the most buzzed about young adult shows of the upcoming TV season — described by some as a Gossip Girl-meets-Downton soap — and two new actors have just joined its ranks.

EW has learned exclusively that Luke Roberts, best known for his 12-season run on BBC medical drama Holby City, is set to recur on the show as Simon Westbrook, a handsome and quietly menacing English diplomat  on the show, which tells the story of  Mary Stuart, the woman who would eventually go on to be known as Mary, Queen of Scots. According to our casting scoop, Roberts’s character is the representative of Scotland’s greatest enemy and “is brilliant and ruthless” in his efforts to destroy main character Mary’s (Adelaide Kane) place in the royal court.

Meanwhile, EW has also learned Katie Boland, who earned her stripes as a regular on Canadian sci-fi show The Zack Files, has also scored a recurring role as Clarissa, “a strange and almost feral young woman who hides in the shadows” as her face severely disfigured. “Clarissa’s past is a tantalizing puzzle that will reach out to change the lives around her in ways no one suspects,” teases casting intel.

Reign premieres on the CW Oct. 10, following the season premiere of The Vampire Diaries.

'How I Met Your Mother': 'Office' alum Ellie Kemper to guest

How I Met Your Mother continues to build its slate of guest stars for the upcoming final season.

The latest addition? Ellie Kemper, who just finished a run as receptionist Erin on NBC’s The Office.

Kemper, who is set to appear in one episode (for now), will guest as Cassie, a pretty — and available! — guest at Barney and Robin’s wedding. TVLine first reported the casting.

She joins previously announced guest star Sherri Shepherd, who will play a woman Marshall meets on an airplane, and returning guest star Wayne Brady, who plays Barney’s bro.

How I Met Your Mother, which begins its final season Sept. 23, will hold its first-ever Comic-Con panel this Saturday, moderated by some EW reporter named Sandra Gonzalez.

'Once Upon a Time' season 3 scoop: Giancarlo Esposito poised to return

Giancarlo Esposito is going to take a small detour on his way back to the land without power to visit the land with magic.

EW has confirmed that the Revolution star is set to reprise his role on ABC’s Once Upon a Time sometime early next season. TVLine first reported the news.

Esposito, who did not appear during the show’s second season, plays the roles of Sidney Glass, the Magic Mirror, and the Genie of Agrabah, but it is not yet known which role (or roles) he will resurrect during his one-episode stint.

Once Upon a Time returns to ABC this fall.

Chi McBride scores role on 'Hawaii Five-0' -- EXCLUSIVE

Hawaii Five-0 historians will appreciate this.

The upcoming fourth season of CBS’s Five-0 will see the addition of SWAT Captain Lou Grover, a character that first appeared in an episode of the original series. And the cherry on top of the good news? He’ll be played by Chi McBride.

McBride will first appear in the season premiere, which airs Sept. 27 and starts shooting today in Hawaii.

“It’s always fun to dig back into Five-0 mythology and resurrect a character — and in this case, Chi McBride plays SWAT Captain Lou Grover,” says executive producer Peter Lenkov. “Recently transferred to Hawaii from Chicago, Grover isn’t easily sold on Five-0’s tactics, referring to the task force as: ‘McGarrett and his merry band of do-whatever-the-hell-they-want.’ What Five-0 does conflicts with Grover’s own style of law enforcement. And that creates good conflict, so prepare for some combustive tension between the two this season.”

McBride, who recently starred on CBS’s Golden Boy, is currently only scheduled to appear in the first episode of the new season but the possibility for more is likely.

'Major Crimes' books ensemble of vet actors for guest spots -- EXCLUSIVE

Major Crimes is staging a major classic TV reunion.

EW has learned that TV (and all-around) stars Tim Conway (The Carol Burnett Show), Paul Dooley (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Ron Glass (Barney Miller), Doris Roberts (Everybody Loves Raymond) and Marion Ross (Happy Days) are all set to appear in an episode of the crime drama, set to air in August.

Per the story line, the quintet will play a group of outspoken residents at an apartment complex, who all once worked together on a 1970s crime drama (called Prognosis: Homicide!). In the episode, the tenants help Major Crimes solve a case involving the death of a rather unpopular neighbor.
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'Elementary' casts Rhys Ifans as Sherlock's brother

It looks like Elementary‘s upcoming trip to London will become a family affair.

Rhys Ifans has been cast in the recurring role of Sherlock Holmes’ older brother, Mycroft Holmes, CBS announced Wednesday.

The Amazing Spider-Man actor is set to appear in the premiere of the show’s second season, which airs Sept. 26 and will be shot on location across the pond, as previously reported.

Per CBS’ synopsis of the episode, we meet Mycroft, with whom Sherlock once had a falling-out several years prior, after an old case takes Joan and Sherlock to London and they stay with his older brother — who lives at 221B Baker Street. “With Joan in the middle, the brothers are forced to confront their very complicated history,” the network teased.
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'Parenthood' to bring back Ray Romano

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Maybe Sarah isn’t done with Hank yet?

Ray Romano will reportedly reprise his role as the mopey photographer who stole Sarah’s (Lauren Graham) heart on Parenthood. Deadline reports that Romano is expected to star in up to 14 episodes when the drama from Jason Katims returns to NBC on Thursdays at 10 this fall.

NBC would not comment.

Romano segued to the family drama after his critically-acclaimed series Men of a Certain Age wasn’t renewed by TNT. The season ended with Hank leaving town to be closer to his daughter.

Critics are hoping that Emmy voters show some much-deserved love to Parenthood this September, especially given Monica Potter’s performance last season as a breast cancer survivor.

'Desperate Housewives' alum to visit 'Rizzoli & Isles' -- EXCLUSIVE

Tom Scavo is coming to Rizzoli & Isles! Well, sort of.

Desperate Housewives alum Doug Savant is set to guest star on the upcoming fourth season of TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles, which stars Angie Harmon as Boston detective Jane Rizzoli and Sasha Alexander as medical examiner Maura Isles.

Savant, best-known for his work on the ABC soap and Melrose Place, will play Roger Thorson, a mock trial adviser whose colleague dies suddenly during a competition. His episode is tentatively set to air in early September.

The new season of Rizzoli & Isles begins June 25 at 9 p.m.

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