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Jake Tapper to guest on 'All My Children'

CNN anchor and prolific tweeter Jake Tapper is ready for his close-up.

In 10 days, the newsman will make his acting debut on the revived online-only version of All My Children, which airs both on Hulu’s “The Online Network” imprint and Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network.

Naturally, he’ll be playing a reporter — specifically, one named Spencer Phillips who works for the generic-sounding Business News Update. (Then again, AMC‘s hometown is called Pine Valley…)

Apparently, Tapper’s casting wasn’t premeditated — as The Wrap writes, the Washington correspondent was “discovered” by AMC‘s producers while filming a segment for The Lead about the soap’s revival. Only in (Internet) Hollywood!

'Doctor Who' announcement imminent -- UPDATE

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UPDATE (8/4): Peter Capaldi has been introduced as the Twelfth Doctor on live BBC special.

UPDATE: Thursday’s announcement is that an announcement is coming! The new Doctor Who will be revealed Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on BBC America. See the full press release below, along with our original report and a trailer for Sunday’s announcement.

Is the BBC about to name the new star of Doctor Who? According to the website of U.K. magazine the Radio Times, at 7:01pm ET, the BBC will make what it is described as a “time-and-space-shattering announcement” about the British science fiction show, which is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary. Of course, the announcement could be that the producers have decided to repaint the TARDIS red, but it seems more likely that we will soon learn the identity of the actor who has been cast to replace Matt Smith, or at least the means by which we will find out (one widely reported rumor is that the BBC plans to reveal the actor’s identity on a special live show to be broadcast this Sunday).
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'Cheers' alum joins 'Bones' couples retreat -- EXCLUSIVE

When Booth (David Boreanaz) and Bones (Emily Deschanel) work a case at a couples retreat in an upcoming episode, they’re going to run into someone whose name Cheers fans certainly know.

EW has learned exclusively that John Ratzenberger, who played Cliff on the long-running NBC comedy, is set to appear in the second episode of Bones‘s ninth season, playing Bill Schumacher, who with his wife Ethel goes to a couples retreat to work on a few personal problems. The catch? Bill and Ethel have a secret double life that they will struggle to keep private.
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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.

NBC to reboot 'Rosemary's Baby'

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Besides developing the next evolution of Mark Burnett’s Bible series, NBC has several more limited series in development for the new season (and beyond).

Today, NBC Entertainment Topper Bob Greenblatt announced that he will reboot the classic Mia Farrow movie Rosemary’s Baby for primetime. Described as a retelling of the bestselling novel by Ira Levin, the new version will focus on a young husband and wife living in Paris where “this edge-of-your-seat thriller unfolds.” No casting announced yet, unfortunately.

The net will also revisit The Tommyknockers, Stephen King’s 1987 novel about residents of a small Maine town that was made into a miniseries in 1993 with Jimmy Smits and Marg Helgenberger. This latest redo will be helmed by Yves Simoneau (Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee).

Greenblatt also greenlit a four-hour miniseries about Hillary Clinton that will star Diane Lane. Written and directed by Oscar nominee Courtney Hunt (Frozen River), the miniseries will recount Clinton’s life as a wife, mother, politician, and cabinet member from 1998 to the present. The script will begin with Clinton living in the White House while her husband (no one’s been cast yet!) is serving the second of his two terms as president.

Finally, NBC will turn to Burnett to exec produce the limited series Plymouth, which examines the challenges and drama of the Pilgrims’ journey across the Atlantic and the difficulties of settling in a new country. NBC already picked up the next installment of The Bible miniseries from Burnett and his wife, Roma Downey.

'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.

'Once Upon a Time' has a new Robin Hood

Once Upon a Time is already set in a fantasy world, and the show is asking fans to suspend disbelief yet again: Robin Hood, who first appeared last season as played by Tom Ellis (Merlin), will return in season 3, but Sean Maguire will now fill the hood, ABC confirmed to EW.

The British actor, who had a two-episode arc this year on Criminal Minds and was a regular on UPN’s Eve, will take over as Robin for at least four episodes this season. As series co-creator Adam Horowitz explained to TVLine, scheduling conflicts kept Ellis from returning to the show.
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Comic-Con: Syfy's new series 'Helix' finalizes cast, teases Season 1 plan, discusses the sci-fi legacy of 'black goo'

The Project: Helix (a new Syfy series from Battlestar Galactica’s Ronald Moore)

The Panel: Mark Stern (Syfy’s President of Original Content), Executive Producer Steven Madea (Lost), Cameron Porsandeh (writer), Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica), moderated by EW’s own Geoff Boucher

Footage screened: The audience was treated to a very brief teaser for the series, which will begin production next week in Montreal. A sterile white laboratory is stained by some sort of black goo. As the camera pans up to show a “sterilization” room, you begin to hear an automated voice repeating “complete. complete. complete.” Only the sliding door to the sterilization room isn’t able to close, because a dead scientist’s leg is blocking it. Inside the room, we see another scientist in a hazmat suit dying on the floor, and coughing up the black goo that we saw at the beginning. In the air duct off to the side, there may be something lurking. And…cut to black!
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'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.

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