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'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' taps 'Teen Wolf' star to play the Absorbing Man

Brian Patrick Wade has been tapped to play Carl “Crusher” Creel, otherwise known as the Marvel villain Absorbing Man, on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Creel will “put Coulson and his team through their paces” in the season premiere, according to Marvel.com.

The Teen Wolf alum joins previously announced guest stars Adrianne Palicki, Lucy Lawless, Kyle MacLachlan, Reed Diamond, Nick Blood, Henry Simmons, and Simon Kassianides.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns Sept. 23 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

Julianne Hough joins 'Dancing With the Stars' as fourth judge

Dancing With the Stars has already announced who the pros will be for season 19, and now there’s another familiar face joining the team. Good Morning America exclusively announced this morning that Julianne Hough will be joining the judges’ panel this upcoming season.

Hough is a two-time DWTS champion herself and has appeared as a guest judge on the show in the past. Now, she will officially add a fourth chair to the judges’ table, sitting alongside returning judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Bruno Tonioli.

“I’m so excited to be back with my Dancing with the Stars family again on a regular basis,” Hough said in a press release. “I’ve always aspired to be an all-around entertainer, whether I’m acting, dancing or singing, and I’m thrilled for this opportunity that will allow me to continue all of those pursuits. Derek and I just finished our Move Live on Tour, which reminded me how much I miss the interaction with the dance fans that have been so supportive of me in my career. I am warming up the paddles and the sass, and I’m ready to have fun in this new role.”

Dancing with the Stars premieres Monday, Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

ABC developing drama based on Derrick Storm novels from 'Castle'

This might get a little confusing: ABC is developing a drama based on a fictional character written by another fictional character from one of its shows.

ABC is in the very early stages of developing Derrick Storm, a drama based on the character at the center of Richard Castle’s (Nathan Fillion) other big franchise on the series Castle.

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'iZombie' recasts mom, adds 'Devious Maids' star

The CW’s comic book adaptation iZombie has recast the role of Olivia “Liv” Moore’s mom, tapping Molly Hagan to replace the originally cast Nora Dunn, EW has learned exclusively.

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Greg Finley joins 'The Flash' as Girder

Based on the number of villains coming to the show, it’s looking like Barry Allen is going to be very busy during the first season of The Flash.

In the series’ latest casting news, EW has confirmed that Greg Finley—whom CW viewers might recognize from Star-Crossed—has joined the show as Tony Woodward, a.k.a. Girder. Finley is set to appear in episodes 6 and 7 as Woodward, whose character description explains that, thanks to the S.T.A.R. Labs explosion, he can now “transform his skin into living metal.”

As for what he’ll be doing in Central City? “The Flash tries to stop Tony when he goes on a crime spree, but this is not the first time Barry Allen has faced Tony—Tony was the bully who used to torment him as a child.”

The Flash premieres Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

'Monk' star Tony Shalhoub joins 'Nurse Jackie'

Monk is checking into Nurse Jackie. Tony Shalhoub has landed a recurring role on the Showtime drama’s upcoming seventh season, the network announced Wednesday.

The Emmy winner will play Dr. Bernard Prince, a new ER doctor who has great bedside manner, a special touch with Akalitus, and offers Jackie friendship—something she desperately needs after the drama of the season finale.

Nurse Jackie is expected to return in 2015.

'Big Brother': Watch the Zingbot and Kathy Griffin join forces to insult people


Big Brother
is a ridiculous television program. And at no point is it more ridiculous than when a sassy wisecracking robot named the Zingbot enters the house to start dishing out insults at all the contestants. Which is why we are completely obsessed with everything he does. Now, I’ve had my own personal run-ins with the Zingbot over the years. There was the time he compared Entertainment Weekly to toilet paper and the time he mocked my writing and personal income. But I simply can’t stay mad at the Zingbot. Plus, perhaps he’s mellowed since giving birth to the Baby Zingbot. Anyhoo, the Zingbot extended an olive branch by sending over this exclusive clip of his annual appearance tonight on the CBS reality show. So why wait until this evening to see how his visit begins when you can check it out right here?

BUT WAIT! Something is very, very wrong with the Zingbot. Click on the video below to see what is amiss, and if comedian Kathy Griffin can help this bot get his Ziiiiiiiiiiiing! back. UPDATE: Check out the second video below to watch Donny get zinged by Kathy Griffin! READ FULL STORY

Ellen Pompeo developing police drama for ABC

Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo is getting into the production side of things. First, Pompeo announced she would executive produce a financial meltdown drama titled Debt for ABC Family, and now, her production company, Calamity Jane, has made its first network sale.

Calamity Jane has sold an untitled hour-long drama to ABC. The project, written by Andy Stern, will be produced by ABC Studios with Pompeo and Laura Holstein of Calamity Jane Prods. signed on to executive produce.

The show follows Keira Burke, a Boston-area cop who was gravely wounded in the line of duty. According to ABC, “Six years later, she’s returned to the force as a police psychologist and now finds herself embedded in the very same precinct she left. She’ll bring along her new perspective on cops and solving crime, but she’s returning as an outsider, no longer a cop. Keira will have to reconcile her two worlds and overcome her own failings from years ago—even as she starts to suspect that what really happened all those years ago may not be what it seems, and the truth may be right under her nose.”

Bow Wow joins 'CSI: Cyber' as series regular

Shad Moss, better known as rapper Bow Wow, no longer wants to be like Mike. Rather, his newest role is that of an online hacker on the upcoming CSI spinoff CSI: Cyber.

Moss has joined CSI: Cyber as a series regular, playing the role of Brody “Baby Face” Nelson. His character is described as “a cyber-intrusion savant,” or in other words, a really, really good hacker who’s ordered by a judge to work with Patricia Arquette’s Special Agent Avery Ryan. With jail as his only other option, Nelson agrees to help on with a cyber case. His series-long dilemma will then become “working for the Feds while trying to keep his fingertips out of the Deep Web, where he was groomed to be one of the most prolific hackers in the world.”

“Bow Wow is a gifted young actor who will have the responsibility, through his character, to set an example for young people who watch the show to ‘do what’s right’ even when you know ‘nothing but wrong,'” CSI creator Anthony E. Zuikersaid in a press release. “It will be a redemption story and a cautionary tale all wrapped into one. The role of Nelson required someone with deep acting chops and off-the-charts smarts. Shad Moss is a unique talent that possesses both.”

CSI: Cyber is expected to premiere during the 2014-2015 season on CBS.

Julie Plec says a 'TVD,' 'Originals' crossover is in the works

Considering that The Originals is a spin-off of The Vampire Diaries and exists in the same universe, it doesn’t seem all that hard for the shows to cross over every once in a while. But as executive producer Julie Plec mentioned at Comic-Con, it’s harder than fans might think. Not only do the stories have to come together in a natural way, but the logistics of getting an actor (or two) from one show to another isn’t the simplest task.

That being said, the two shows did manage a total of two crossovers last season—one when Tyler came to The Originals and another when Klaus and Rebekah made an appearance in Mystic Falls during TVD‘s 100th hour. And the good news is that it looks like the stories are going to converge again this year.

Plec revealed that, as of right now, there is a crossover in the works. “It looks like we are going to be able to do a crossover in the first half of the season, and I can’t tell you what or who or when because it hasn’t been shot yet, but things are looking good,” she said. The one detail she would share? Despite his current status as an Original vampire, Alaric will not be the focus of this crossover—though Plec is not totally against the idea of that happening in the future. “I just love the idea of Matt Davis playing in the pool with Joe [Joseph Morgan] and Daniel [Gillies],” Plec said when pitched the idea.

But a crossover isn’t the only thing fans (and Plec herself) have to look forward to this year. After more than five years as the showrunner of The Vampire Diaries, Plec is going to make her directorial debut in season 6. Why the long wait? Well, probably because she never wanted to do it before. “I was convinced I would be dreadful at it,” Plec said. “I directed a school musical in college and it was being so terrible at directing that made me realize I was such a good producer and that put me on my first career path. [Laughs] Then I had to remind myself that I also thought I would absolutely positively never be a writer because I thought I was a terrible writer for years,” she admitted. “I just was convinced, ‘Oh, I’m good producer; I’m a s—ty writer.’ And then I actually started writing and I thought, ‘Oh, actually—I’m pretty good at this, at least intermittently good at this.'”

And thankfully, Plec’s years of producing have left her feeling prepared and excited for the task. “The beauty of television, much more so than feature films, is when you are the showrunner, you make all those decisions anyway,” she said. “You choose the casting and the hair and the makeup, and you oversee the art direction, and you sit and you edit each episode, and you talk through every single scene with the actual director in terms of what you want for tone and character journeys and emotion and sometimes even lenses and shots and how you want the camera to move. You can be that specific when you’re collaborating with the director. So we all collectively, the producers and some of the actors and I, talked about it a lot and everybody seemed really excited to see what I could do behind the camera. So I’m gonna dive in and see how it goes.”

Although it is subject to change, Plec is currently slotted to direct episode 15 of The Vampire Diaries.

The Vampire Diaries returns for its sixth season on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 8 p.m., ET with The Originals returning for its second season on Monday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. ET, both on The CW.

Fists fly in trailer for 'The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story'

What was it like to be a television star in the early 1990’s? Well, for the teens made popular by Saved By The Bell, it seems like it was complicated. And that’s exactly why Lifetime is premiering The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story, a made-for-TV movie that tells the unauthorized behind-the-scenes story of fame at a young age.

In a new trailer for the film, we get an extended glimpse at some of the same hormone-induced drama featured in the movie’s first clip—only this time, there’s a motorcycle, a pool party, and at least one fist fight. Clearly, someone needs to call Mr. Belding.

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Kyle MacLachlan to return to 'The Good Wife'

In the absence of Will Gardner, it seems The Good Wife is bringing back a number of fan favorite characters. First, we found out that Carrie Preston’s Elsbeth Tascioni would make her triumphant return, and now we’ve got more good news for Tascioni fans: Josh Perotti is coming back with her.

EW has confirmed that Kyle MacLachlan will reprise his role as Perotti, the attorney who once caught Ms. Tascioni’s eye (or rather, she caught his). Although it’s unclear how long either of them will be sticking around, their returns will coincide, so here’s to hoping there’s a date involved. In fact, Preston told TVLine, which first reported the news, that “he and I have a little sparing [sic] thing that we do.”

The Good Wife returns for its sixth season on Sunday, Sept. 21 at 9 p.m. on CBS.

Connie Nielsen joins 'The Good Wife'

The Following‘s Connie Nielsen is coming to Florrick, Agos. Or, at least, she’s coming to The Good Wife.

EW has confirmed that Nielsen will join the hit show’s sixth season in a recurring role. Nielsen will play a lawyer named Ramona who first appears in the season’s fourth episode. According to TVLine, which first reported the news, Ramona is “a smart, beautiful attorney with far-reaching Cook County connections.”

The Good Wife returns for its sixth season on Sunday, Sept. 21 at 9 p.m. on CBS.

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