Tuesday, June 12, 2012

TV News - 'Parks and Recreation,' 'The Following,' 'The Mindy Project,' 'Nashville,' 'The Newsroom,' 'Political Animals,' 'Private Practice,' 'Revenge' & 'Scandal'

        Tuesday, June 12 - Today's items include a confirmation on Kate Walsh's status on Private Practice; another recurring star is promoted to series regular on Scandal; Margarita Levieva signs on for even more Revenge; the Critics' Choice Awards announces Most Exciting New Series honorees; and many more!
  • Writer-comedian Harris Wittels has signed a new two-year deal with Universal TV. Under the pact, he will be promoted to supervising producer on the NBC comedy series, Parks and Recreation. Wittels has been with the series since the first season as a writer and occasional guest star playing Harris, the Animal Control guy.
  • Next week's Critics' Choice Awards has just announced which upcoming new series will receive the Most Exciting New Series honor at this year's ceremony. The distinction will go to five new shows this year: FOX's The Following and The Mindy Project; ABC's Nashville; HBO's The Newsroom; and USA's Political Animals.
  • Kate Walsh confirmed that season six of ABC's Private Practice will indeed be her last, during an interview on new daytime talk show, Bethenny.
  • In some non-surprising news, Margarita Levieva, who played Amanda Clarke on the ABC soap Revenge, has signed a deal to appear in a minimum of seven of the first fourteen episodes of Revenge's second season.
  • Bellamy Young has been promoted to a series regular for the second season of ABC's Scandal. Young plays First Lady Mellie Grant on the series and was a recurring guest star on the series' seven-episode first season, though she appeared in every episode.