A to Z, Westworld, Suits, The One Percent, God Fearing Man and more!

-Want to watch the pilot episode of NBC’s new romantic comedy A to Z? Check out the digital premiere (in the link) before the series premiere Thursday, October 2 at 9:30/8:30c. The show tells the story of Andrew and Zelda- a pair that almost wasn’t- and all that happened from the day they met. http://news.iheart.com/AtoZ/

-Yvette Nicole Brown (Community) has landed a recurring role on the reboot of The Odd Couple. She will play Dani, assistant to Matthew Perry’s Oscar. She has replaced Sarah Baker, who was let go shortly after the show was ordered to series. This does not mean that she is leaving Community‘s sixth season reboot on Yahoo Screen and is expected to return to the show in some capacity. Since they have different shooting schedules, she could conceivably do both. The Odd Couple is supposed to air midseason on CBS. http://tvline.com/2014/08/08/yvette-nicole-brown-the-odd-couple-community-season-6-shirley/

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has added Henry Simmons (NYPD Blue) in a recurring role as agent Alphonso “Mac” Mackenzie, a mechanic in his early 30s. S.H.I.E.L.D. will begin its sophomore season on Tuesday, September 23 at 9/8c on ABC. http://tvline.com/2014/08/07/agents-of-shield-season-2-spoilers-alphonso-mackenzie/

-James Marsden (X-Men, Anchorman) has joined HBO’s drama pilot Westworld as a series regular. He will play Teddy Flood, a mysterious new arrival to the small frontier town who quickly proves both his charm — an his talent with a revolver. His pursuit of a local beauty launches him on a dark odyssey. http://tvline.com/2014/08/08/james-marsden-westworld-cast-hbo/

Westworld has also added Thandie Newton to the cast. She will play Maeve Millay, a beautiful and razor-sharp madame whose seen-it-all-before worldview is about to be truly challenged.http://tvline.com/2014/08/13/thandie-newton-westworld-cast-madame-maeve/

-William Mapother (Lost) has gotten a small role (and possibly recurring) as Tyler Waters, an engaging, messianic tech visionary who presents a genuine alternative to the government, and a provocative vision of the future in Lifetime’s new series The Lottery which airs Sundays at 10/9c. http://tvline.com/2014/08/09/the-lottery-cast-william-mapother/

Geena Davis will have a major guest arc in season 11 of Grey’s Anatomy in which she will play a surgeon at the hospital. The new season begins September 25 at 8pm ET on ABC. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/08/08/geena-davis-guest-star-greys-anatomy/

-Terrell Owens (Former NFL wide receiver) has filmed a guest appearance for Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s sophomore season. He will play himself in a NYPD-FDNY football game. Season 2 premieres September 28 on FOX. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/08/08/terrell-owens-brooklyn-nine-nine/

-USA has renewed Suits for a fifth season! The new season will consist of 16 episodes for next summer. They are midway through the fourth season at the moment with the midseason finale set for August 20. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/usas-suits-renewed-fifth-season-724597

-Michael C. Hall (Six Feet Under, Dexter) is returning to TV in Stanley Kubrick’s unproduced drama God Fearing Man. It will be produced as a miniseries, with eOne shopping it to networks. The show tells the true story of Canadian minister Herbert Emerson Wilson, who went on to become one of the best safecrackers and most successful American bank robbers in the early 20th century. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/dexters-michael-c-hall-star-724771

-Starz has picked up 10 episodes of the drama created by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, The One Percent starring Ed Helms, Hilary Swank, and Ed Harris. It is set in the world of organic farming. Helms will play “Alfred Murphy, a member of a dysfunctional family struggling to keep their farm from financial ruin, until a bizarre twist of fate changes their lives forever. Swank will play Helms’ wife, Laura Murphy while Harris will play the family patriarch Nathaniel Cobb. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/starz-picks-up-alejandro-gonzalez-724943

-Mary McCormack (In Plain Sight) and Josh Randall (Ed) will guest-star as a power couple on Scandal‘s upcoming season for an episode . No other details on their storyline are available. http://tvline.com/2014/08/12/scandal-season-4-mary-mccormack-josh-randall-power-couple/

-Danny Masterson (That ’70s Show) will have a guest starring role on USA’s series Royal Pains in which he will play the brother of returning guest Kyle Howard (My Boys). Kyle Howard first appeared on season 3 as Dr. Paul Van Dyke but left to start his own concierge practice in Miami. Paul will come back fro the season 6 finale as a patient of HankMed’s. Masterson will play Paul’s brother, Danny Van Dyke, a wealthy hedge fund manager who needs a kidney transplant but is reluctant to accept his brother’s organ. Royal Pains airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on USA. http://www.tvguide.com/News/Royal-Pains-Danny-Masterson-Kyle-Howard-Return-1085467.aspx

-Jacob Pitts (Justified) will guest-star in an upcoming episode of Elementary, as Paul Ettinger, a brilliant and wealthy mathematician who assembles a team of his fellow math geniuses to help identify a killer that Holmes and Watson are tracking. Elementary returns October 30 at 10pm ET on CBS. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/08/12/elementary-jacob-pitts-season3/

-HBO has renewed The Leftovers for a second season! http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/14/business/media/hbo-orders-a-second-season-of-the-leftovers.html?_r=0

-ABC is going to air a special that goes behind the scenes of the making of Disney’s Frozen. The special, The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic airs Tuesday, September 2. It will include interviews with stars Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, the directors, songwriters, producers, and artists, as well as CCO John Lasseter. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/08/13/abc-making-frozen/

-ABC Family has renewed Switched at Birth for a fourth season! http://www.thetvaddict.com/2014/08/13/breaking-tv-news-abc-family-green-lights-the-critically-acclaimed-hit-drama-series-switchedatbirth-for-a-fourth-season/

-ABC Family has canceled Twisted after one season due to bad ratings. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/twisted-canceled-one-season-725328

 

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Late Show with Stephen Colbert, guest starring roles, and renewals!

Lots of casting news in todays blog post! 

TONIGHT ON TV–July 24, 2014:

  • Black Box finale (2 episodes, ABC, 8pm)
  • Hell’s Kitchen finale (Fox, 8pm)
  • Project Runway season 13

-CBS has made it official! Late Show With Stephen Colbert will be staying in New York at Ed Sullivan Theater. http://www.deadline.com/2014/07/late-show-stephen-colbert-new-york-ed-sullivan-theater/

Ryan Sands (The Wire) has been given a guest starring role in the season 7 premiere of Castle. He will play Tagger, a Hamptons police sergeant who helps Beckett investigate the most difficult case of her career. The season 7 premiere is on Monday, September 29 at 10/9c on ABC! http://tvline.com/2014/07/18/castle-season-7-premiere-ryan-sands-cast/

-Wentworth Miller (Prison Break) will play Leonard Snart/Captain Cold in the upcoming show The Flash. He will appear in the first four episodes of the season. In the comic books, Leonard Snart/Captain Cold is a leader of the Rogues and considered an enemy of The Flash. The Flash premieres October 7 on The CW. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/flash-wentworth-miller-leonard-snart-719594

-Tyler Posey ( will be hosting the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday August 10th on Fox which start at 8pm. http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/teen-wolf-star-tyler-posey-host-teen-choice-awards-article-1.1874462

-Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) will star in the HBO adaptation of the Broadway hit (in which he also starred in) All The Way. Cranston will reprise his role as Lyndon B. Johnson with playwright Robert Schenkkan on board to adapt the stage version for the small screen. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/07/16/bryan-cranston-all-the-way-broadway-hbo/

-Lucy Lawless (Xena, Spartacus, Battlestar Galactica) will be on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for the upcoming season. Details on her role and how long she’ll be sticking around are being kept under wraps. The second season returns Tuesday, September 23 at 9/8c on ABC. http://www.tvguide.com/News/Agents-SHIELD-Lucy-Lawless-Season2-1084667.aspx

-William Mapother (Lost) will be guest starring on an episode of the CBS police drama Hawaii Five-0. He will play Eric Porter, a likable, wealthy business owner who gets entangled in a painful and tense situation but offers his help to the authorities. His episode is slated to air sometime in the fall. The fifth season airs Friday, September 26 at 9/8c on CBS. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/07/22/lost-hawaii-five-0-william-mapother/

-Sarah Lancaster (Chuck) has been recruited for a recurring role on Witches of East End later this season. She will play Raven Moreau, who arrives in East End as part of a life-long “secret mission,” though she quickly develops a physical attraction to one of the Gardiner boys that could derail her big plan. The second season airs Sundays at 9/8c on Lifetime. http://tvline.com/2014/07/22/witches-of-east-end-sarah-lancaster-raven-season-2-spoilers/
-Anthony Hopkins (Silence of the Lambs) and Evan Rachel Woods (The Wrestler, Across the Universe) will both co-star in the new HBO show Westworld based off of Michael Crichton’s 1973 film of the same name. Hopkins will play Dr. Robert Ford, the brilliant, taciturn and complicated creative director, chief programmer, and chairman of the board of Westworld. Woods will portray Dolores Abernathy, the quintessential farm girl of the frontier West, who is about to discover that her entire idyllic existence is an elaborately constructed lie. The show is only set for the pilot as of now. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/anthony-hopkins-evan-rachel-wood-676206
The Mindy Project has cast Rhea Perlman (Cheers) in a recurring role for season 3 as Danny Castellano’s mother, Annette Castellano. She will apparently clash with both Mindy and Danny and will be introduced during the third episode entitled ‘Annette Castellano Is My Nemesis’. The third season premieres Tuesday, September 16 at 9:30 pm on Fox. http://tvline.com/2014/07/22/the-mindy-project-rhea-perlman-dannys-mother-season-3/

-Shemar Moore (Criminal Minds) will return to his daytime TV roots this fall when he reprises his role on CBS’ The Young and the Restless as Malcolm Winters but, he will only appear in two episodes which will air on Wednesday, September 10 and Thursday, September 11. In the new episodes, Malcolm will visit the Winters family to make amends for his hasty exit and to find out what’s been going on since the last time he was in town. http://tvline.com/2014/07/23/shemar-moore-the-young-and-the-restless-return/

-Portia de Rossi (Arrested Development) is joining Scandal for its upcoming fourth season for multiple episodes. Scandal returns on Thursday, September 25 at 9/8c on ABC. http://tvline.com/2014/07/23/portia-de-rossi-scandal-season-4-cast/

-Michelle Fairley (Game of Thrones) has booked a season-long arc on the second season of Resurrection. She will play Margaret Langston, the formidable matriarch of the Langston clan. She’s Henry and Fred’s mother who has been dead for more than three decades. Resurrection returns Sunday, September 28 at 9pm on ABC. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/game-thrones-favorite-boards-abcs-720531

-Judd Apatow’s daugter Maude Apatow has a guest-starring role in the upcoming season of Girls. She will playing a character named Cleo, who could potentially appear in several episodes. HBO would only confirm that Apatow will appear in Season 4, which premieres in early 2015. http://tvline.com/2014/07/23/maude-apatow-girls-season-4-cast-spoilers/

-Jessica Biel (7th Heaven) is set to guest star in the season premiere of New Girl. She will play a stunning, super-smart scientist who is vying for the affections of a cute guy at a wedding against Jess. The fourth season airs September 16 on Fox. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/07/23/jessica-biel-new-girl/

-The CW has cancelled Backpackers and Seed effective immediately. It will move up the premiere date of the 21st cycle of America’s Next Top Model to August 18  (instead of August 22) because of that and will show Arrow repeats for the following Mondays before August 18. http://www.deadline.com/2014/07/cw-pulls-comebackpackers-seed-cancelled-top-model-moves-to-monday-cw/

-FX has renewed Fargo for a second season and Louie for a fifth season. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/07/21/fx-renews-fargo-louie/

-TNT has renewed The Last ShipMajor Crimes, and Falling Skies for new seasons. The Last Ship will consist of 13 episodes for its second season. Major Crimes has gotten 15 episodes for its fourth season and for its fifth and final season Falling Skies has gotten 10 episodes. http://www.thetvaddict.com/2014/07/18/breaking-tv-news-tnt-renews-falling-skies-the-last-ship-and-major-crimes/

-The CW has renewed Whose Line Is It Anyway? for a 24 episode third season which will air in 2015. http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/whose-line-is-it-anyway-cw-1201264772/

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