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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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Ron Rifkin, Hoda Kotb, Brian D'Arcy James, others head to 'SVU'

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is loading up on guest stars.

Today’s Hoda Kotb is set to appear as herself in an episode that includes Ron Rifkin (Alias), Brian D’Arcy James (Smash), Stevie Lynn Jones (Crisis), and Dana Wheeler-Nicholson (Friday Night Lights), EW has learned exclusively.

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'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.

'Manhattan' star Rachel Brosnahan joins CBS' 'The Dovekeepers'

House of Cards and Blacklist alum Rachel Brosnahan has joined the cast of the CBS miniseries The Dovekeepers, EW has learned.

Based on Alice Hoffman’s novel, the four-part miniseries tells the story of four women whose lives intersect as they fight for survival when 900 Jews are besieged for months in a fortress at Masada.

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Megan Mullally and Natalie Morales returning for final season of 'Parks and Recreation'

It sounds like love will be in the air when Parks and Recreation returns for its final season.

Megan Mullally and Natalie Morales are both set to reprise their roles for the final season of Parks and Rec, EW has learned.

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'Arrow' casts DC Comics villain Komodo

Arrow is loading up on its villains for season three. Matt Ward (TRON: Legacy and Hellcats) has been tapped to play Simon Lacroix, otherwise known as DC Comics villain Komodo, EW has learned exclusively.

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MTV renews 'Finding Carter' for season 2

MTV has renewed Finding Carter for a second season, MTV announced Tuesday.

The drama stars Kathryn Prescott as a teenager who discovers that the mother she grew up with is actually her abductor. The network has picked up 12 episodes for the second season.

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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.

'Once Upon a Time' casting for Belle's mom

Once Upon a Time is going to give us some dirt on Belle’s past next season.

“We are going to meet Belle’s mother,” executive producer Adam Horowitz tells EW. “For the first time, we’ll delve into Belle’s past pre-the encounter with Rumple.”

That means as we learn Belle’s history before meeting new hubby Rumplestiltskin, we’re finally going to find out who Sir Maurice was married to.

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'Arrow' changes title of Felicity's backstory episode

Just when we thought the Birds of Prey had a chance at uniting, EW has learned that the title of the highly anticipated Felicity Smoak-centric episode of Arrow has been changed.

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Spoiler Room: Scoop on 'Pretty Little Liars,' 'Once,' 'Castle,' more

Welcome to the Spoiler Room, a safe place for spoiler addicts to come on a weekly basis to learn what’s coming next on their favorite shows and, hopefully, get a few of their own questions answered. If you want scoop on a specific show, send your questions to spoilerroom@ew.com.

We are two weeks away from the Pretty Little Liars season-five summer finale with producers already teasing a #FatalFinale. And considering that, at this time last year, fans found out about Ezra’s pretty little secret and everything changed, there’s no telling what the writers have in store for us this year. I hopped on the phone with executive producer Joseph Dougherty, who wrote Tuesday’s penultimate episode, to chat about what the next hour (or two) has in store.

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'Elementary' casts 'Orange Is the New Black' star Michael Chernus

Orange Is the New Black star Michael Chernus has landed a guest-starring role on Elementary, EW has learned exclusively.

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Spoiler Room: Get scoops on 'Dallas,' 'Arrow,' 'NCIS,' and more

Welcome to the Spoiler Room, a safe place for spoiler addicts to come on a weekly basis to learn what’s coming next on their favorite shows and, hopefully, get a few of their own questions answered. If you want scoop on a specific show, send your questions to spoilerroom@ew.com.

Spoiler Room is back for the second week, and you know what that means: Some great television is just a week away. Yep, Oliver and Felicity’s first date on Arrow is now one week closer. Finding out how far Sam Winchester will go to save his brother on Supernatural is one week closer. Olivia and Fitz exchanging longing looks on Scandal is one week closer. I have to stop now because all this talk is making me want to stop writing and start re-watching.

This week, I chatted with executive producer Cynthia Cidre about pretty much everything—the crazy things that have happened on Dallas, will happen on Dallas, and where fans can expect to find themselves by season’s end.

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