Wednesday, February 13, 2013

TV News - 'Grimm,' 'Hostages,' 'Lost Girl,' 'Scandal,' 'Under the Dome,' 'The Originals,' 'Bloodline,' 'Camp,' 'Last Man Standing,' 'Super Clyde,' 'Joe, Joe & Jane,' 'Happy Endings' & 'Spy'

         Wednesday, February 13 - 24 alum Shohreh Aghdashloo is joining NBC's Grimm on a recurring basis. She will play Stefania Vaduva Popescu, a powerful ally sought out by Adalind (Claire Coffee) who is known as the "Zigeunersprache," or Queen of the Schwarzwald Gypsies in Austria.

Dylan McDermott (American Horror Story, The Practice) has been cast as the male lead in the CBS drama pilot Hostages from Jeffrey Nachmanoff and Jerry Bruckheimer and starring Toni Collette. He will play Duncan, a righteous FBI agent who is at the center of a political conspiracy involving the President but whose role will come as a surprise.

Linda Hamilton (The Terminator) will guest star on the March 25 episode of Syfy's Lost Girl. She will play Acacia, a tough, sexy and ruthless assassin who has enjoyed a storied and deadly career and whose arrival spells trouble for Bo (Anna Silk), Kenzi (Ksenia Solo) and Dyson (Kris Holden-Ried).

Ugly Betty vet Eric Mabius will appear in the February 21 episode of ABC's Scandal entitled "Boom Goes the Dynamite." He will play Senator Peter Caldwell, a member of a powerful political family who turns to OPA for advice from Olivia (Kerry Washington).

Mike Vogel (Pan Am, Bates Motel) has landed the lead role on CBS' upcoming 13-episode summer series Under the Dome. He will play Barbie, an Army veteran who is in Chester's Mill on a mysterious mission when the transparent dome inexplicably seals the town.

Claire Holt will reprise her recurring role on The CW's The Vampire Diaries for the planted spinoff The Originals. She plays Rebekah, the vampire sister of Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Elijah (Daniel Gillies). Holt is the fourth cast member of the original series to transition to the spinoff - whose plot will be introduced in the April 25 episode of The Vampire Diaries.

Private Practice star KaDee Strickland has been cast opposite Skyler Samuels and Jonathan Banks on the NBC drama pilot Bloodline. She will play Stella, Bird's (Samuels) statuesque and strikingly beautiful mother who has been raised in a family descended from an ancient line of killers, brigands and mercenaries.

J.K. Simmons (The Closer) will co-star on NBC's untitled comedy pilot from DJ Nash opposite Parker Posey. He will play Mel, the ex-husband of Posey's character who has been blind since the age of 11 but refused to let that stop him from being a father or teaching their kids how to parallel park. His availability for the project comes in second position to the ABC comedy Family Tools which he stars in and will debut on May 1.

The episode order for NBC's summer dramedy series Camp has been reduced from 13 to 10 episodes. The trim is a result of scheduling needs as the series is still in pre-production.

ABC's Last Man Standing is hosting its second Home Improvement reunion of the season. Jonathan Taylor Thomas - who played Tim Allen's son Randy on the 90s comedy - will guest star in a late March/early April episode. He will play the manager of a high-end restaurant where Kristin (Amanda Fuller) applies for a job.

Harry Potter vet Rupert Grint will play the lead role in the CBS comedy pilot Super Clyde from Greg Garcia. He will portray the title role of Clyde, the well-meaning and sweet yet slightly neurotic guy who never feels like he really fits in. The avid comic book reader considers himself a borderline agoraphobic with mild to severe anxiety issues who wishes he were a super hero himself. When he inherits a $100,000 a month inheritance from his long-dead eccentric Uncle Bill, he decides that the cash will be his secret super power and will use it only for good and reward the good-hearted.

Will Greenberg has landed a leading on the NBC comedy pilot Joe, Joe and Jane from Joe Port and Joe Wiseman. He will play Joe Waxman, a conflict-avoidant children;s book author caught in an ongoing tug of war between his wife Jane (Sally Pressman) and his co-author/best friend (Dave Annable).

Additionally, Lauren Lapkus (Are You There, Chelsea?) and Asif Ali finish out the main cast for Joe, Joe and Jane. Lapkus will play Melissa, Jane's friend who via her repeated bad decisions, always winds up making everyone feel better about themselves. Ali will play Matt Savage, Joe and Joe's "brother" of an agent who's a former frat boy with a flithy mouth for whom the Joes are his second-most-important clients.

Mason Cook (Mockingbird Lane, Monday Mornings) has been cast as the young lead on ABC's single-camera comedy pilot Spy opposite Rob Corddry. He will play the highly intelligent and verbal son of Tim (Corddry), who is the complete opposite of his father in almost every way.

ABC has pulled Happy Endings from its Tuesday night schedule effective immediately in favor of a lineup consisting of Celebrity Wife Swap, The Taste and Body of Proof. The comedy series will air its remaining original episodes back-to-back from 8-9 PM on Friday nights starting March 29 - current time slot holders Last Man Standing and Malibu Country will have aired their season finales by then.