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'Burn Notice' scoop: Look who's returning! -- EXCLUSIVE

Burn Notice is bringing back a familiar face in its final season.

EW has learned exclusively that Garret Dillahunt will reprise his role as Simon Escher, the psychotic rogue operative who was responsible for committing the crimes Michael was burned for, on the USA drama in an episode set to air this summer.

Dillahunt, who currently plays Burt Chance on Fox’s Raising Hope, was last seen in season 4’s “Hard Time.” In his upcoming appearance, the audience will find the unpredictable Simon NOT inside the maximum security prison where he has spent the past years. The big question: Who let him out?

Burn Notice aired its 100 episode yesterday after premiering its seventh and final season last week.

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Not to worry 'Smash' fans, Megan Hilty has a new gig

Smash may have had a very public journey into the Land of the Cancelled, but it hasn’t taken one of the show’s brightest stars long to find a new gig.

EW has confirmed a report that Megan Hilty, who played Broadway star Ivy Lynn on the NBC drama, has scored a series regular role on Sean Hayes’ upcoming multi-cam comedy Sean Saves the World, which premieres this fall. (Hayes previously had a guest spot on Smash.) Hilty will play Liz, Hayes’ character’s best friend and co-worker. She will replace Lindsay Sloane, who played the part in the pilot and left the show in May.

Watch all of the previews for NBC’s new shows here.

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Jerry O'Connell to guest star on wife Rebecca Romijn's 'King & Maxwell' -- EXCLUSIVE

TNT’s King & Maxwell is turning into a family affair!

EW has learned exclusively that Jerry O’Connell is set to guest star on an episode of wife Rebecca Romijn’s show King & Maxwell, which premieres June 10 on TNT.

O’Connell, who recently appeared on Munsters reboot Mockingbird Lane, will play a character named Waskiewicz, a low-rent D.C. PI who tends to be a step behind on all his cases. (“I don’t ask questions” is literally on his business card.) The episode is set to air in mid-July.

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'American Horror Story': Emma Roberts joins season 3's 'Coven'

Scream 4 star Emma Roberts is the latest star to sign up for the third installment of Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story—this year subtitled Coven. Roberts will play a party girl named Madison, according to TVLine, which first broke the news.

Roberts will be joining her real-life boyfriend Evan Peters on the series along with Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Patti Lupone, Taissa Farmiga, Gabourey Sidibe, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, and Frances Conroy. Murphy has also worked with Emma’s aunt, Julia Roberts, previously on Eat Pray Love and will be directing her in his adaptation of The Normal Heart for HBO.

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HBO orders dramedy starring 'Glee' actor Jonathan Groff

Jonathan Groff is coming back to TV.

EW has confirmed that HBO has picked up eight episodes of a gay-themed dramedy starring the former Glee actor/Broadway star. The series, set to air in 2014, is not currently untitled.

The show centers on three friends living in San Francisco and explores “the fun and sometimes overwhelming options available to a new generation of gay men.”

The project also stars Frankie J. Alvarez (Smash) and Murray Bartlett (Guiding Light).

Production is expected to start this fall in San Francisco.

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'American Horror Story': Angela Bassett and Patti LuPone join season 3's 'Coven'

Ryan Murphy is assembling quite a powerful group of women to round out the cast of American Horror Story: Coven, the third installment of his FX anthology series. The AHS co-creator took to Twitter yesterday to announce that Angela Bassett and Patti LuPone would both be joining the third season, set to debut in October and believed to center around witches. READ FULL STORY

'Ravenswood' news roundup: 'Beauty and the Beast' sis nabbed as series regular. Plus, an exclusive photo

It’s been a busy day in Ravenswood.

First up in today’s news downpour: The Pretty Little Liars spin-off has found its Miranda in Beauty and the Beast recurring player Nicole Gale Anderson, who plays the younger sister of Kristin Kreuk’s Catherine on that show. Miranda is described in a casting breakdown as a “fiercely independent foster kid” who “uses her wits to cover her emotional scars.” Anderson, who also appeared on ABC Family’s Make It or Break It, is set to be a regular on the buzzy project, which will also star Tyler Blackburn.

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Catherine Bell books arc on TNT's 'King & Maxwell' -- EXCLUSIVE

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Army Wives star Catherine Bell is going to spend some time with King & Maxwell.

EW has learned exclusively that the former JAG star has booked a multi-episode arc on TNT’s forthcoming drama, which stars Jon Tenney and Rebecca Romijn, and comes from NCIS: LA executive producer Shane Brennan.

Bell will play a character named Joan Dillinger, ex-lover of Sean King (Tenney). “I’ve been a big fan of Catherine Bell for a long time, so it’s very exciting to have her on King & Maxwell,” says Brennan. “Catherine has that perfect blend of strength, intelligence and beauty which makes her perfect for the role of the formidable Joan Dillinger.”

The drama, premiering June 10 on TNT, centers on the crime-solving adventures of private eye team Sean King and Michelle Maxwell (Romijn).

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'American Horror Story': 'Precious' star Gabourey Sidibe signs on for season 3

American Horror Story‘s season three Coven is slowly adding new members: AHS co-creator Ryan Murphy took to Twitter today to announce that Oscar-nominee Gabourey Sidibe (Precious) will be joining the cast of the third season of the FX hit. READ FULL STORY

'Franklin & Bash': Adam Goldberg to guest; plus, [spoiler] returns -- EXCLUSIVE

Lots of news coming out of camp Franklin & Bash today.

First up, EW has learned Adam Goldberg is going to pull double duty on the TNT show’s upcoming third season, playing twin brothers August and Tim West, two magicians who have varying levels of success and lots of bitter feelings lingering between them. (Cue off-color magician jokes from F&B.)

Meanwhile, Jane Seymour is set to return as Bash’s mother, Colleen. Per the storyline, Colleen is charged with prostitution but “the stakes [ramp] up when we learn that the D.A., has an ulterior motive.”

Among this seasons other guests? Newsman Piers Morgan, who announced his upcoming cameo last month. In the episode, Morgan, who will play himself, will interview Franklin (Breckin Meyer), Bash (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) and Rachel (Heather Locklear) about a big case they’re battling out in court.

The show returns this summer on TNT.

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'Supernatural' scoop: Look who's returning! Plus, 'ruthless' actions in store

UPDATED: Supernatural fans may want to brush up on season 1 ahead of the show’s final episodes of season 8.

With four episodes left to go, executive producer Jeremy Carver tells EW that fans can expect several “blasts from the past” to appear in the final episodes, including Sarah Blake (Taylor Cole), who we last saw in the 19th episode of the first season (the haunted painting-themed “Provenance”), and at least one more, who will come from even earlier in the show’s history.

“These blasts from the past are related to the trials and not in a very good way,” he teases. “I can tell you that if you think we’re going far back [in the show's history] with Sarah, keep going. We go back further than Sarah.” READ FULL STORY

'Glee': Two legendary faces to play key role in important (and spoilery!) storyline

There might be a big moment coming down the road for the winners of EW’s Best TV Couple of All Time bracket game. And it all will start with Patty Duke and Meredith Baxter. (Warning: Sizable spoilers ahead!) READ FULL STORY

'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

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