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Alec Baldwin to guest star on 'Law & Order: SVU'

Jack Donaghy is back in New York! Well, technically, Alec Baldwin is, but that’s a minor detail.

EW has confirmed that Baldwin will return to television this spring when he’s set to guest star on an upcoming episode of Law & Order: SVU. There are no details available surrounding Baldwin’s role, but we do know that he is slated to act in Mariska Hargitay’s directorial debut episode.

Law & Order: SVU returns Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 9 p.m. on NBC.

'Sharknado' sequel adds Mark McGrath, Kelly Osbourne, Andy Dick and more

The Sharknado sequel may just have a soundtrack by Sugar Ray.

SyFy announced Thursday that Mark McGrath, Kelly Osbourne, Judd Hirsch, Andy Dick, Judah Friedlander, and Vivica A. Fox will all appear in Sharknado 2: The Second One. Osbourne will portray a flight attendant; Dick will play a New York City police officer. Friedlander will play the character of Brian, while Hirsch will be a cab driver (duh) named Ben. McGrath will play Ben’s brother-in-law and Fox will portray Skye, an old high school friend of Fin (the returning Ian Ziering). Don’t worry: Tara Reid will be returning as well.

In a press release announcing the casting news, this is the plot description given: “A freak weather system turns its deadly fury on New York City, unleashing a Sharknado on the population and its most cherished, iconic sites.”

One can only hope that, once again, someone chainsaws their way out of a shark — maybe this time while standing on top of the Empire State Building?

'Full House' stars Candace Cameron and Scott Weinger to reunite on 'The Neighbors'

The Neighbors is staging a Full House reunion!

EW has confirmed that Candace Cameron Bure and Scott Weinger — who played teenage lovebirds DJ and Steve, respectively, on the ’90s ABC sitcom — are set to reunite on The Neighbors, playing new visitors to the alien neighborhood. The episode in which they appear is set to air as the season finale.

Weinger is a writer on The Neighbors and Cameron Bure, who in recent years has appeared in a number of TV movies, just published her second book.

The Neighbors is currently in its second season, airing Fridays on ABC. The next new episode airs Feb. 28.

This news comes only a few weeks after Full House‘s John Stamos, Bob Saget, and Dave Coulier reunited in an Oikos Super Bowl commercial.

Lucas Black joins cast of NCIS spin-off

Lucas Black is the newest actor to join the cast of the latest NCIS spin-off. Black, who starred in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift and Friday Night Lights, will play Special Agent Lasalle, a federal agent who is both a party boy and a hard worker. The new series takes place in New Orleans and is set to premiere this spring.

It was announced last week that TV vet Scott Bakula (Quantum Leap, Men of a Certain Age) will lead the NCIS: New Orleans cast.

'Walking Dead' star to appear on 'Archer' for multi-episode arc -- EXCLUSIVE

The survivors on The Walking Dead haven’t had a lot to laugh about lately, what with one of their own being executed and the loss of the prison fortress they called home. However, one of the actresses on the show recently had an opportunity to explore her comedic side when she went in to record a multi-episode arc for FX’s Archer. Who is that mystery actress? Well, judging by the photo above you’ve probably already figured it out: It’s Lauren Cohan, who plays farmer’s daughter turned complete badass Maggie Greene on the zombie drama. READ FULL STORY

'CSI: NY' alum joins 'Under the Dome'

It just got a little more crowded under the dome.

EW has learned that CSI: NY alum Eddie Cahill has just joined season 2 of CBS’s summer drama Under the Dome as a series regular. Cahill will play a character named Sam, a former EMT and brother-in-law to notoriously difficult Big Jim (Dean Norris). Per a casting description, the character will also form a “deep connection” with Rachelle Lefevre’s Julia. READ FULL STORY

'How I Met Your Mother' spin-off details emerge

How I Met Your Dad is starting to take shape. In fact, producers are already on the hunt for the New Gang.

EW has confirmed that casting is officially in progress for the host of characters that will populate the show, which will revolve around a woman named Sally (Girl Ted), a “vibrant, messy and unpredictable” woman described as a “female Peter Pan who has never grown up and has no idea of where she’s going in life.” The real twist for this main character, though? She’s got a husband! But we’re guessing ISN’T the “dad” to which the title refers, as the character description for Sally says she’s “thinking of calling it quits” with said husband (named Gavin).

As for her circle of friends, here’s the scoop, via TVLine, who first reported the news: READ FULL STORY

'Veep' fave cast as Marcus's dad on 'About a Boy' -- EXCLUSIVE

NBC has recruited a Veep VIP to play Marcus’s dad on About a Boy.

EW has learned exclusively that Tony Hale has been tapped to guest star on the upcoming Jason Katims-produced comedy as a character named Hugh Womple, father to Benjamin Stockham’s Marcus and ex to Minnie Driver’s Fiona.

Though never introduced in the 2002 movie version starring Hugh Grant, Marcus’s father was a character who appeared in the book by Nick Hornby, on which both the movie and TV show are based.

Hale is best known for playing neurotic Buster Bluth on Arrested Development and currently appears on HBO’s Veep, playing the vice president’s (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) personal aide.

NBC’s About a Boy, which stars Stockham as the title character and David Walton as man-child Will Freeman, premieres Feb. 22.

'The Mindy Project' books Jenna Dewan Tatum; will she get between Danny and Mindy?

Danny and Mindy’s epic kiss in last week’s episode of The Mindy Project gave us all hope of a future between these two crazy kids, and while we won’t know until April what transpires in the aftermath of the smooch, here’s what we can confirm: We’ll soon be digging into the pages of Danny’s ex-files!

EW has learned exclusively that the show has booked Jenna Dewan Tatum for an upcoming episode, in which she will play a traveling pharmaceutical rep named Brooke, who has “a history with Danny.” (And we’re guessing they weren’t workout buddies.)

Will Tatum’s character threaten the budding romance? Can we even call it budding? Are they even together when the show comes back? How many more days until April 1?

Tatum, currently appearing on Lifetime’s Witches of East End, is set to guest in one episode.

'Once Upon a Time' scoop: Rose McGowan returning as Cora

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Once Upon a Time is resurrecting Cora — kind of!

Actress Rose McGowan has signed on to reprise her role as the youthful version of the villainous Queen of Hearts.

McGowan (Charmed, Death Proof) previously played Cora in the pivotal episode “The Miller’s Daughter” last March, which was an origin story for the character (normally played by Barbara Hershey) and also showed her death. The character hasn’t been on the show since. McGowan will return to Once Upon in the 18th episode this season.

Here’s a clip of McGowan’s previous appearance on the show that includes a smooch with Rumple.
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CW's 'Flash' pilot adds 'Vampire Diaries,' 'Necessary Roughness' alums

Central City has just added two new residents.

EW has confirmed that Rick Cosnett, best known for playing Dr. Wes Maxfield on The Vampire Diaries, and Danielle Panabaker, who was last seen on USA’s Necessary Roughness, have been cast in the CW’s Flash pilot.

Cosnett will play Eddie Thawne, a star detective who recently transferred to Central City and harbors a dark secret. And Panabaker will play bioengineer Caitlin Snow, who lost her fiancé during an explosion at S.T.A.R. labs. (Fun fact: Caitlin Snow is also the name of the most recent incarnation of D.C villain Killer Frost. Hmmm…)

The actors are just the latest additions to a growing cast that also includes Grant Gustin, who plays the title role, and Jesse L. Martin, who joined the show earlier this week.

Gustin’s Barry Allen made his debut on the CW’s Arrow at the end of 2013 to rave reviews, and just before his inaugural appearance, producers announced their plans to produce a standalone pilot around the character. Originally, the plan had been to make the 20th episode of Arrow a backdoor pilot.

'About a Boy' reunites Adrianne Palicki with 'Friday Night Lights' creator

Adrianne Palicki is reuniting with her old Friday Night Lights boss Jason Katims.

EW has confirmed that the former FNL star has booked a guest arc on NBC’s About a Boy, which is executive produced by Katims, playing the love interest of David Walton’s Will, the man-child at the center of the show and of the book by Nick Hornby, on which the series is based. Palicki, who will play a doctor named Samantha Lake, is set to appear in seven episodes.

This is far from the first time Katims has visited his well of FNL talent to populate his new shows. Matt Lauria, Jurnee Smollett, Michael B. Jordan, and Minka Kelly are just a few of the alums who have visited Katims’ other NBC show, Parenthood.

It’s probably for the best that Palicki has waited this long to reunite with Katims, as just last week, he confirmed that both his one-hour drama and forthcoming comedy exist in the same reality. Walton recently had a cameo in an episode of Parenthood, playing his character from About a Boy, and soon, Dax Shepard will also have a cameo appearance on Boy. “I’ve never done anything like that before,” Katims said last week, but “it seemed like a natural thing to do.”

Palicki’s first episode does not yet have an air date. About a Boy premieres Feb. 22.

'The Mentalist' casts Lisbon's new beau

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The Mentalist has found Lisbon’s new flame!

EW has confirmed that Pedro Pascal, who will appear in the upcoming fourth season of Game of Thrones as Prince Oberyn Martell, has landed the recurring role of charming FBI Special Agent Marcus Pike, who will romance Robin Tunney’s Lisbon.

EW was the first to report the news that Lisbon would be getting a new romantic interest, and in breaking the news, executive producer Bruno Heller explained that the character would be an important part of Lisbon’s evolution. “In order for her to fulfill herself — even if she eventually fulfills herself with Jane, which she may or may not do — she has to find other relationships, other perspectives, other people who love her, just to feel fully who she is,” Heller said. “It’s very important for her to be able to step away from Jane and see herself for herself.”

Pascal will make his debut in episode 16 and is set to appear in at least five episodes in the second half of the season, which resumes March 9. TVLine first reported the casting.

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