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'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.

'Survivor: Cagayan': New cast includes former NBA All-Star (and recent North Korea visitor) Cliff Robinson

After a successful season of having former players compete with/against their loved ones on Blood vs. Water, Survivor will try another brand new concept when Survivor: Cagayan premieres with a two-hour episode on Feb. 26 at 8pm on CBS. This time, 18 contestants will be separated into three tribes: brawn, brains, and beauty. And while all of those contestants will be new players — marking only the third such all-newbie season in the past nine installments — one of the names may be familiar: former NBA All-Star (and recent visitor to North Korea as part of Dennis Rodman’s basketball troupe) Cliff Robinson. READ FULL STORY

Jesse L. Martin joins CW's 'The Flash'

Barry Allen, it’s time to meet your daddy! (Sort of.)

EW has confirmed that Jesse L. Martin has been cast in The CW’s upcoming show The Flash. Martin has been cast as Detective West, “an honest, blue-collar cop who is a surrogate father to Barry Allen (played by Grant Gustin).”

For those fans who met Allen during his stint on Arrow, they know that Allen’s birth father is currently in jail for the murder of his mother, but it’s a crime that’s never made sense to Allen. His plan to prove his father’s innocence will continue when The Flash premieres.

'Sherlock': Why Benedict Cumberbatch almost turned down the role of Holmes

While literally dozens of actors have played the role of Sherlock Holmes it is now hard to imagine anyone but Benedict Cumberbatch portraying the super sleuth in Sherlock, the subject of this week’s Entertainment Weekly cover story. But Cumberbatch thought twice when Sherlock cocreators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss originally offered him the part which, over the past few years, has propelled him from relatively unknown character actor to global star. Why? Precisely because he was concerned the role might do just that.

“My reservation was ‘Well, this is a very iconic character, there will be a lot of attention on it,'” says Cumberbatch. “This was before I had had any significant success [but] I knew there would still be a lot of focus on it. And while I had done work, it wasn’t stepping into the populist limelight like playing a character like Holmes. So I did have a pause for thought.”
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Nathan Parsons joins 'True Blood' as the final season's James

It looks like Jessica is going to have a new beau in the final season of True Blood. Well, technically, it’s the same beau, but he’ll just look a little different.

EW has confirmed that Nathan Parsons (Bunheads) has been cast in the role of James. Originally played by Luke Grimes, James first appeared in season 6 of the HBO show. The long-haired sweetheart met Jessica in vampire jail, where the couple quickly became involved. They were last seen continuing their relationship in Bon Temps after Bill freed them.

According to TVLine, Grimes asked to be let out of his contract after being disappointed in the direction that James’ story was heading in season 7. Grimes can next be seen playing Christian Grey’s brother in the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey film.

As for Parsons’ James, we’re sure he will have his hands full trying to keep Jessica away from Jason Stackhouse.

FX's 'Hoke' pilot adds 'Game of Thrones,' 'Wire' alums

FX has finalized the cast for its upcoming drama pilot Hoke, based on the Charles Willeford novel series.

Game of Thrones alum Oona Chaplin, John Carroll Lynch, Robert Wisdom, Jordi Mollà and Tammy Blanchard are among the new additions to the cast for the show, which will star Paul Giamatti as the title character, a hardboiled homicide detective Hoke Moseley.

Chaplin will play Ellita Sanchez, a sharp young homicide detective recently promoted from dispatcher to Hoke’s (Giamatti) new partner. Lynch will play an Hoke’s former partner. Wisdom will play the head of the Miami PD Homicide Squad who has a long history with Hoke, and Mollà will play a sociopath. Meanwhile, Blanchard will play the mother of a murdered drug addict who interacts with Hoke.

Scott Frank wrote and will direct the pilot, which received an order from the network back in August.

Camryn Manheim joins Steven Spielberg's 'Extant'

Camryn Manheim has been cast as a series regular in Extant, the forthcoming futuristic drama from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television.

The Practice alum is set to play the role of Molly’s best friend Sam Barton. Main character Molly will be played by Halle Berry, who joined the show in October.

Set to premiere this summer, Extant is a serialized drama about a female astronaut (Berry) who is trying to reconnect with her family after returning after a year in outer space but soon learns that her experiences will “change the course of human history.”

Manheim’s other credits include Person of Interest, Ghost Whisperer, and Ally McBeal.

Fox's 'Broadchurch' adaptation adds Nick Nolte

Nick Nolte is the latest star to join the swelling cast of Fox’s upcoming Broadchurch remake, Gracepoint.

Nolte joins the show, about a murder in a small coastal town, as a series regular, playing Jack Reinhold, a stubborn, unmarried man who has lived in Gracepoint for two decades. According to casting details, his character “runs the kayak rental on the beach as well as the local wildlife observation program, where the murdered boy was one of his volunteers.”

Nolte rounds out a cast that also includes David Tennant, who will play the lead detective, Anna Gunn, Jacki Weaver, Michael Pena, and Kevin Zegers.

Back in September, after the conclusion of Broadchurch‘s run on BBC America, creator Chris Chibnall told EW of the remake, which begins shooting in January: “The DNA of the original is absolutely intact and filtered through a new prism, so it should still feel just as vibrant, and interesting, and strange, and unique, and beautiful, but just in a different setting — and then it’s exploring the dramatic opportunities that that offers up.”

'24' reboot: Judy Davis to play villain

Fox has begun to stock up the villains who will do battle against Jack Bauer later this season. Judy Davis (Husbands and Wives, Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows) will recur as Margo, a British national and the widow of a notorious terrorist., in 24: Live Another Day that’ll premiere in April.

Production on the limited series begins in January in London. Davis joins the previously announced Kim Raver, William Devane and Mary Lynn Rajskub, who along with Kiefer Sutherland, will reprise their 24 roles.

The reboot will begin four years after the events of 24’s final season, which aired during the ’09-10 season.

'Hawaii Five-0' casts Tom Berenger as Danny's father -- EXCLUSIVE

We already knew that Danno’s mom was going to make a trip to the island but get ready for a full family reunion on Hawaii Five-0!

EW has learned exclusively that Tom Berenger is set to guest star on an upcoming episode of the CBS cop drama, playing none other than Danno’s ex-firefighter father!

He will appear alongside Melanie Griffith, who, as previously announced, will play Danny’s mom in three episodes airing in 2014. Berenger is set to appear alongside Griffith in the last of those three.
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'Arrow' casts 'Prison Break' alum Robert Knepper as DC supervillain

It’s a big day for Robert Knepper.

On the heels of news that the Prison Break alum has been tapped for the next Hunger Games film, Warner Bros. has confirmed that Knepper is set to play William Tockman, better known as the Clock King, in an upcoming episode of CW’s Arrow.

Knepper, who is currently appearing on TNT’s Mob City, is only set to guest star in the 14th episode of the current season as the supervillain, who is known for his intelligence and precision. It is not out of the show’s nature, however, to bring back villains for repeat performances (see: Seth Gabel’s Vertigo and John Barrowman’s Malcolm Merlyn). TVLine first reported the casting.

Arrow‘s mid-season finale airs Wednesday night on the CW.

'Once Upon a Time' casts Rapunzel

Originals alum Alexandra Metz is ready to let her hair down.

EW has confirmed that Once Upon a Time has nabbed Metz to play Rapunzel in the 14th episode of the current season. TVLine first reported the casting.

As with most characters introduced in the Once-verse, Metz is currently set for one appearance, but there’s a chance she could return in the future.

Once Upon a Time airs Sundays on ABC and is recapped weekly here on EW.

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