Thursday, January 24, 2013

TV NEWS - 'Dexter,' 'Girls,' 'The Gates,' 'Hawaii Five-0,' 'Beauty & the Beast,' 'The Office,' 'Smash' & 'Army Wives'

        Thursday, January 24 - Sean Patrick Flanery and Charlotte Rampling have landed major recurring roles on the upcoming season of Dexter. Flanery will play Jacob Elroy, a former cop-turned-private eye in Miami. Rampling will play a neuro-psychiatrist and atypical profiler with a penchant for working with deeply disturbed youth.

HBO has yet to officially announce a season three renewal for Girls but today Lena Dunham spoke out with confirmation news. Appearing on Alec Baldwin's "Here's The Thing" podcast, the writer/director/actress revealed that production on Season 3 of the comedy is "starting at the end of March. I'm so excited."

Ken Marino (Party Down) lands the last regular role for NBC's comedy pilot The Gates. The Gates is an ensemble comedy set at the front gates of an elementary school drop-off and revolves around the parents, school staff and 15-minute social minefield they navigate at the beginning and end of each school day. Marino will play Mark, lead Helen's (Kathleen Rose Perkins) husband, who is lovable, sweet, well-meaning, puppy-dog of a guy, a type B, C or even D to his wife's type-A personality.

Larry Manetti (Magnum, P.I.) will guest on an upcoming episode of CBS' Hawaii Five-0. He will play local lounge legend Nicky "The Kid" Demarco, who was once mentored by Frank Sinatra. His character will assist the Five-0 team with a case as well as sing the Sinatra classic, "I Got You Under My Skin."

Sendhil Ramamurthy has been promoted from recurring status to a full series regular on The CW's Beauty and the Beast. He plays Assistant District Attorney Gabe Lowen on the drama and will first appear in the fifteenth episode airing February 28. His character is heading the search for the vigilante and finds his focus drawn to the elusive NYPD Detective Catherine Chandler (Kristin Kreuk).

NBC has made a slight change to its schedule for next Thursday - January 31. After the one-hour series finale of 30 Rock, the network will then air two episodes of The Office - thusly preempting 1600 Penn for the week. The Office will then segue into the series premiere of new drama Do No Harm.

Tony-nominated Broadway actress Montego Glover (Memphis) will recur on the upcoming second season of NBC's Smash. She will play Marissa, the compassionate and authoritative stage manager for the second show-within-the-show, Hit List.

Brooke Shields has joined the seventh season of Lifetime's Army Wives in the major recurring role of Air Force Colonel Katherine "Kat" Young. Her character is a fierce advocate for the Air Force as she and Army General Michael Holden (Brian McNamara) jockey for their respective branches at the highest levels of power on the base.

John Pyper-Ferguson will guest star on an upcoming episode of ABC's Once Upon a Time. He will play Ben, a widower who wants nothing more than to help his young son (the previously announced Benjamin Stockham) heal from the loss of his mother. He will appear in episode 17.