Friday, February 8, 2013

TV NEWS - 'The Killing,' 'Up All Night,' 'NCIS: Red,' 'Masters of Sex,' 'Do No Harm,' 'Girlfriend in a Coma,' 'Bloodline,' 'Arrow,' 'The Originals,' '1600 Penn,' 'DJ Nash Comedy' & 'Oxygen'

        Friday, February 8 - Max Fowler (The Hour) and Bex Taylor-Klaus have landed a series regular roles on the third season of AMC's The Killing. Fowler will play Twitch, a good-looking, savvy, streetwise teenage boy who is both charming and manipulative. Taylor-Klaus will play Bullet, a 16-year-old tough guy overly protective of the local street girls because he is actually a she.

Up All Night star Christina Applegate has decided to exit the Lorne Michaels-produced comedy amongst NBC's plans to re-conceptualize the single-camera sophomore show to a multi-camera sitcom. In a statement, Applegate said, "It's been a great experience working on Up All Night, but the show has taken a different creative direction and I decided it was best for me to move on to other endeavors. Working with Lorne Michaels has been a dream come true and I am grateful he brought me into his TV family. I will miss the cast, producers and crew, and wish them the best always.

Scott Grimes (ER) has joined the CBS drama pilot NCIS: Red as a series regular. He will play Dave, a highly capable agent who has an eye for clues, a nose for lies and is the team's forensic specialist.

Rose McIver (Lovely Bones) has landed a recurring role on Showtime's upcoming new drama Masters of Sex. She will play Vivian Scully, the daughter of University chancellor, Barton Scully (Beau Bridges).

NBC has pulled the Steven Pasquale-starring drama Do No Harm from its schedule after two abysmally-rated episodes - the premiere posted a 0.9 in the 18-49 demographic, the lowest-rated scripted premiere in the history of the Big Four networks, episode two dropped to a 0.7. NBC will replace the previously schedules episodes of Do No Harm on Feb. 14 and Feb. 21 with encore broadcasts of Law & Order: SVU.

Christina Ricci has landed the lead role in the NBC comedy pilot Girlfriend in a Coma. She will play Karen, a woman who wakes from an almost two-decade coma to discover she has a 17-year-old daughter from a pregnancy she never knew about.

Breaking Bad star Jonathan Banks has landed a regular role on the NBC drama pilot Bloodline. He will play Leo Killpriest, the patriarch of an ancient line of killers. He is powerful and worried that the last remaining members of his bloodline will be wiped off the earth because they've lost touch with the old ways. To reunite hat's left of his family, he decides to start building an army.

Danielle Campbell joins the potential Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals as a series regular. She will play Davina, a young witch who has been over-sheltered by her protective caregivers.

Chin Han has nabbed a recurring role on The CW's Arrow. He will play Frank Chen, a successful businessman and old friend of the Queen family. He also has ties to The Undertaking, the mysterious group led by Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman).

NBC has decided to preempt an original episode of 1600 Penn next Thursday, February 14. A new episode of The Office will air in its place. The series is expected to return to the slot the following Thursday - February 21 - despite falling to a series low 1.1 rating last night.

Parker Posey is set to play the female lead in NBC's untitled DJ Nash comedy pilot. The series focuses on a son who idolizes his blind father and is bemused by his mother's (Posey) newfound adolescence who watches his family come closer together post-divorce.

Gillian Alexy (Damages) has signed on to CBS' NCIS: LA backdoor pilot spinoff, NCIS: Red. She will play Special Agent Claire, who graduated at the top of her class at Harvard and is described as educated, worldly, athletic and as tough as she is beautiful. She has trained with the Navy SEALs, lived with a British SAS soldier and loves all things military, with a strong passion for photography, inherited from her correspondent father. Though she views herself as a tomboy, the world sees her as a stunningly attractive woman.

Friday Night Lights grad Aimee Teegarden will play the lead in The CW drama pilot Oxygen. The project centers on Emery (Teegarden), a teen girl who falls in love with an alien boy, one of nine of his kind integrated into a suburban high school.