Friday, June 8, 2012

TV News - 'Glee,' 'Smash,' 'Homeland,' 'Scandal,' 'Body of Proof' & 'NCIS'

        Friday, June 8 - Today's items include four more guest mentors on The Glee Project have been announced; a technicality means Smash will only be able to submit two songs in the Outstanding Original Music category at the Emmy awards; an ABC comedy director veteran signs a development deal with ABC studios; Homeland casts another recurring role; another NCIS star signs a new contract; and many more!

  • More stars of FOX's Glee are heading over to Oxygen's The Glee Project as guest mentors. The stars who will be making appearances are Chris Colfer, Amber Riley, Darren Criss and Jane Lynch. These stars join previously announced mentors Cory Monteith, Samuel Larson and Naya Rivera. Lea Michele was the guest mentor during the June 5 season premiere.
  • NBC's Smash will only be submitting the songs "Let Me Be Your Star" and "Touch Me" in the Emmy category of Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics. The series produced 19 original songs for its first season, but Emmy rules say that only one song from a team can be submitted. The series' songwriting team of Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman decided to submit "Let Me Be Your Star." "Touch Me" is also being submitted since it was written by Ryan Tedder.
  • Director Julie Anne Robinson (How to Live with Your Parents, The Middle, Suburgatory) has signed a one-year development deal with ABC Studios, which also includes a blind pilot directing commitment for the studio and ABC.
  • Valerie Cruz (True Blood, Dexter) has joined the second season of Showtime's Homeland in the possible recurring role of Major Joy Mendez. Mendez is a military intelligence officer who goes with Carrie on a sensitive mission in Beirut.
  • Yet another actor is leaving an ABC drama. Former Lost star Henry Ian Cusick will not be returning for the second season of ABC's Scandal. It is currently unclear if Cusick will returning for an episode to wrap up his character's story.
  • In the wake of Cusick's exit from Scandal, it has been announced that recurring star Joshua Malina - who appeared in all seven episodes of the first season as U.S. Attorney David Rosen - has been promoted to a series regular for the drama's upcoming second season.
  • This week, Nicholas Bishop (Peter), John Carrol Lynch (Bud) and Sonja Sohn (Sam) have all exited the ABC drama, Body of Proof. Now it has been announced that two new characters will join the procedural for its upcoming third season. The first newbie is Det. Tommy Sullivan, who is a former love interest of Megan's who transfers to Philadelphia to win her back and gives her a flirty hard time as they work together to solve cases. The second new character is Det. Adam Schaefer, who is a smart and smart-mouthed rookie who routinely gets ahead of himself which will frequently get him into trouble.
  • NCIS vet Rocky Carroll has closed a new deal to return to the long-running CBS procedural as Director Vance. The new deal will have the actor contracted through just the series' upcoming tenth season.