Sunday, July 22, 2012

News Roundup: Casts, Plots, New Shows

by Amy K. Bredemeyer

Cast & Plot Updates:
Jamie Chung will be joining the cast of Once Upon a Time - as Mulan. Other characters to be featured next season include Jack (and the Beanstalk), Sleeping Beauty, and Captain Hook.

Teen Mom 2's Kailyn is almost done having a large tattoo inked onto her back.

Smash's Dev will be exiting next season, so Karen will get Ana as a roommate, played by Krysta Rodriguez.

Adam Lambert may be joining American Idol as a judge. Steven Tyler is leaving the show.

Carly Rae Jepsen will perform on the Monday, October 8th season premiere of 90210.

Barry Watson (Matt from 7th Heaven) will play a love interest for Blake Lively's character on Gossip Girl.

Game of Thrones is getting quite a few cast additions, including Diana Rigg, Mackenzie Crook, Clive Russell, Nathalie Emannuel, Kerry Ingram, Paul Kaye, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ellie Kendrick, Richard Dormer, Kristofer Hivju, Phillip McGinley, Tara Fitzgerald, Tobaias Manzies, and Anton Lesser.

Joel McHale will play a con man on Sons of Anarchy.

American Dad will have a bunch of guest voices in the future, including Nathan Filion, Jon Hamm, Rupert Grint, and Sarah Michelle Gellar.

Mary J. Blige will join The Voice next season.

Patton Oswalt will appear as a smuggler in a two-episode arc of Burn Notice.

Parks and Recreation filmed their season 5 premiere at the White House.

Shows in Development & Other Fun Stuff
Fan of Arrested Development? There's an art show in LA based on the series, running now through July 21st. If nothing else, click the link to check out the slideshow!

Mike & Molly will run on FX when it enters syndication.

CartoonNetwork is now available in Canada!

Fraggle Rock is getting a spin-off 25 years later... The Doozers.

The kids from Glee will be infiltrating Archie comics later this year or early next year.

Hulu is offering a free two-month trial of Hulu Plus right now.

The Firefly reunion panel at Comic-Con will be part of the Science Channel special airing November 11th.

TruTV has Upload with Shaquille O'Neal in the works. It will be similar to Tosh.0.

J. Lo is developing a drama over on ABCFamily. It will focus on a lesbian couple and their family. ABCFamily is also developing a show based on the 1995 movie, Now and Then.

Bravo has The Joneses in the works
- the same one that ABC bailed on a while back.

TNT has ordered a pilot for The Last Ship, executive-produced by Michael Bay. It is based on William Brinkley's novel and focuses on "a global catastrophe" that has resulted in the only survivors being aboard a naval destroyer.

About 20 million DirecTV subscribers went without 17 Viacom channels (including MTV, Nick, Comedy Central, BET, VH1, and Spike) for 10 days because of negotiating issues. Everything is now settled.

GSN now has the rights to air reruns of Minute to Win It. Look for it on Tuesday nights in the 7-11pm ET block.

AMC's The Walking Dead will be featured at Universal's Halloween Horror Nights (in Florida and California) this year. Look for the zombies in mazes/haunted houses. 

Hulu will co-produce the fourth season of The Thick of It, a BBC political comedy.

Pete Rose has a reality TV show about his life coming to TLC.

Lifetime has two more drama pilot orders: Witches of East End, and The Secret Lives of Wives. The former will center around a mother and her two uninformed adult daughters, who don't know that they're witches. The latter will look behind-the-scenes at the lives of four women.

Those pesky One Million Moms are already leading a protest campaign against NBC's new fall show, The New Normal. Their angle, of course, is that the sanctity of marriage is being desecrated.
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