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James Franco to guest on 'The Mindy Project'

James Franco can add “doctor” to his ever-growing résumé.

Or, at least, he’ll play one on TV. Franco will guest-star on the first two episodes of The Mindy Project this fall, EW has learned. He’ll portray Dr. Paul Leotard, a charismatic and popular doctor who replaces Mindy while she is in Haiti on a volunteer mission with her pastor boyfriend. “A former professional fashion model, Dr. Leotard radically altered his career goals after he accidentally walked off a runway at fashion week and was saved by a pregnant woman. From that day forward, he devoted himself to helping pregnant women and immediately applied to medical school,” a press release announces.

Sounds like Dr. Reed and Dr. Castellano are going to have some competition for Official Office Dreamboat. The second season of The Mindy Project will premiere Tuesday, Sept. 17.

'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.

'Castle': Lisa Edelstein in for multi-episode arc

Somebody’s trading up.

Ex-House inhabitant Lisa Edelstein is moving on to bigger and better digs — specifically, ABC’s Castle. EW has confirmed that Edelstein has booked a multi-episode arc on the crime drama’s sixth season. TVLine first reported the news.

Edelstein — who last appeared over the past TV season on ScandalHouse of Lies, and Elementary — will play hard-core federal investigator Rachel McCord. It’s safe to say that the new character will have ties to Beckett (Stana Katic), who was planning to move to D.C. in May’s finale — until Castle (Nathan Fillion) unexpectedly proposed.

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.

'Zero Dark Thirty' star joins 'Revolution'

Jessica Collins (Zero Dark Thirty, House M.D.) will recur on Revolution this fall.

Collins will appear in four episodes as Cynthia. Here’s the official description from Executive Producer Eric Kripke: “Cynthia is a beautiful young woman of deep faith, whose winning humor and blazing intelligence capture the heart of one of Revolution’s leading characters.”

Her other credits include Person of Interest, Blue Bloods and Rubicon.

The sophomore season of Revolution will debut in its new time slot at 8 p.m. on Sept. 25th.

NBC reveals staggered fall premiere dates

'Anger Management' ups Brian Austin Green to regular

In the wake of Selma Blair’s exit from the FX comedy, Anger Management has upped Brian Austin Green to series regular.

Green first showed up in the comedy’s pilot as Sean and returned for two more guest appearances. The Beverly Hills, 90210 alum has most recently appeared in Wedding Band and Happy Endings.

Blair, meanwhile, was fired from Anger Management earlier this month, reportedly via a profane text message from Sheen after complaining to the show’s producers about his work ethic. The show recently put out a casting call seeking a new actress to replace her.

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'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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'Downton Abbey:' Paul Giamatti joins season 4 as American playboy

Downton Abbey is getting another American visitor.

Sideways‘ star Paul Giamatti will appear as Cora’s playboy brother, Harold, in the season four finale, a rep for MASTERPIECE on PBS confirms.

He’ll be joined by returning guest-star Shirley MacLaine, who crossed the pond to play Cora’s brazen mother, Martha Levinson, in season three. READ FULL STORY

Check out the hot, young cast of ABC Family's new summery reality series 'The Vineyard' -- EXCLUSIVE

Haven’t had time for the beach yet this summer? No worries: Consider getting away with the sun-kissed cast of ABC Family’s upcoming reality show The Vineyard. EW has the exclusive reveal of the Vineyard cast, including a group photo (above) and a show promo (below).

At first glance of this cast, one question comes to mind: Are we possibly staring at the next Hills-like phenomenon? The new reality series — which appears to possibly be a cross between Laguna Beach and The Real World — follows a mix of locals and so-called “wash-ashores” (translation: pretty people who are only in town only for a few months), as they summer in the ever-posh Massachusetts outpost Martha’s Vineyard.

The 11-person cast is (from left to right, in the above photo): Lou D’Agostino, Ben Rossi, Sophi Alvarez, Cat Todd, Jackie Lyons, Katie Tardif, Jonathan Franco, Emily Burns, Taelyr Robinson, Gabby LaPointe, and Daniel Lipshutz. That mix includes a premed student, who describes himself as “a player” (naturally); a Latin pop princess; a guy who wants to turn his passion for throwing parties into a career; and a wannabe writer prone to falling for the wrong guys. And that’s just to give you a brief look at a handful of the folks on this beachy teen indulgence.

Bask in the beauty of the cast above and catch a snippet of their coming shenanigans in this exclusive promo:

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'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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'Veronica Mars' movie: Max Greenfield confirms Deputy Leo's return -- VIDEO

Rejoice, Marshmallows: Deputy Leo is back!

Emmy-nominated New Girl star Max Greenfield revealed during a Google Hangout with Gold Derby on Tuesday that he plans to reprise his old Veronica Mars role for Rob Thomas’ upcoming crowd-funded movie. Greenfield played Leo, a sheriff’s deputy and a onetime love interest for Kristen Bell’s Veronica, in 11 episodes of the original series, appearing infrequently throughout all three seasons.

“I will be there — so will Deputy Leo,” Greenfield said with a grin. “It’s gonna be like a fun reunion. You wanna go in there and do some really solid work because obviously, people put up their own money to see this. I think everybody who’s playing a part in this thing has a responsibility, which is fun and exciting.”

Check out the video below:
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'Girl Meets World' gets the greenlight from Disney

Girl Meets World is officially a go!

The highly anticipated Boy Meets World spin-off has been picked up to series by the Disney Channel.

Described as “a comedy series for kids,” the show will reunite original cast-members Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel, as on-screen sweethearts Cory and Topanga, and follow their tween daughter Riley, played by Rowan BlanchardREAD FULL STORY

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