Thursday, March 21, 2013

TV News - 'Elementary,' 'Wild Blue,' 'Major Crimes,' 'Getting On,' 'Necessary Roughness,' 'Holding Patterns,' 'Dads,' 'Backstrom,' 'Keep Kalm & Karey On,' 'Veep,' 'Halt & Catch Fire,' 'Hot in Cleveland,' 'Pretty Little Liars,' 'Perception' & 'Undateable'

        Thursday, March 21 - Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham will guest star on an upcoming May episode of CBS' Elementary. He will play The Actuary, a devious hitman whose targets appear to have been killed by natural causes or unfortunate accidents. When Sherlock investigates one such death, he faces off against The Actuary in a battle of wits that will bring him one step closer to finding Moriarty.

FOX has decided to postpone production on the Taylor Elmore and Graham Yost produced drama pilot Wild Blue - moving the project to off-cycle. Michael Dinner is set to direct the project and so far Gina Rodriguez, Mykelti Williamson, Josh Salatin, Will Rothhaar and Alano Miller have signed on to star.

My Name is Earl alum Nadine Velazquez has joined the cast of TNT's Major Crimes as a new series regular. She will play Deputy D.A. Emma Rios. Newly assigned to the Phillip Stroh case, Emma interviews Rusty (Graham Patrick Martin) about his involvement as a key witness in the murder case. She immediately causes a stir within the department, coming into conflict with Raydor (Mary McDonnell) when she questions her intentions as Rusty's guardian and challenges her authority. Additionally, former The Closer co-star Robert Gossett, who recurred on the first season as Assistant Chief Russell Taylor, is being promoted to series regular.

Jane Adams has exited the untitled NBC comedy pilot starring Craig Robinson - just days after first signing on to the series. She was to play Jeannette, an erratic, stressed-out junior high principal who's constantly in damage-control mode.

HBO has ordered the Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer producer comedy pilot Getting On to series with a six-episode order. Based on the BBC Four medical comedy of the same name, the series centers on the put-upon nurses in a women's geriatric extended-care wing of a down-at-the-heels hospital. It follows the anxious doctors and administrators as they struggle with the darkly comic, brutally honest and quietly compassionate realities of caring for the elderly in an overwhelmed healthcare system. The comedy stars Laurie Metcalf, Alex Borstein and Niecy Nash.

David Anders (Once Upon a Time, The Vampire Diaries) will recur on the upcoming third season of USA's Necessary Roughness. He will play Troy Cutler, second-in-command to Connor (John Stamos) at V3, the world's premiere sports and talent agency. Having sacrificed his personal life for his career, Troy gets satisfaction getting his hands a little dirty for the company - something that doesn't sit well with Dr. Dani (Callie Thorne).

Up All Night vet Luka Jones has been cast on the NBC comedy pilot Holding Patterns starring Humphrey Ker and Chyler Leigh. He will play Luke, Leah's (Leigh) brother.

Tonita Castro (Go On) has been added to the cast of FOX's straight-to-series comedy series Dads. She will play Edna, Eli's maid - a hard-drinking, outspoken woman whose mastery of English is quite modest but she always manages to make her caustic opinions understood.

Emily Owens, M.D. star Mamie Gummer has joined the cast of the CBS drama pilot Backstrom from Hart Hanson and starring Rainn Wilson. She will play Nicole Graveley, a watchful, competent police detective who is a lesbian saddened over her breakup with her longtime partner.

Ashley Williams will co-star on the ABC comedy pilot Keep Calm & Karey On from Andrea Abbate and starring Kelly Preston. She will play Penny, Karey's (Preston) sister - originally to be played by Majandra Delfino. Additionally, Haley Lu Richardson will appear as Karey's teenage niece, whom she adopts.

ABC has formalized its schedule for summer premieres.
     Thursday, May 9
        8:00 - Wipeout
     Monday, May 20
        9:00 - The Bachelorette (Special time period premiere following Dancing with the Stars)
     Tuesday, May 21
        10:00 - Motive (Series premiere on special date and time following Dancing with the Stars finale)
     Thursday, May 23
        9:00 - Motive (Regular time period premiere)
        10:00 - Rookie Blue
     Monday, May 27
        8:00 - The Bachelorette (Regular time period premiere)
     Tuesday, May 28
        8:00 - Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition
     Wednesday, May 29
        10:00 - Primetime: What Would You Do?
     Monday, June 3
        10:00 - Mistresses
     Sunday, June 23
        8:00 - Celebrity Wife Swap
        9:00 - Whodunnit?

Kevin Dunn (True Detective, Luck) has been promoted to series regular on HBO's Veep. He joined the comedy series for the upcoming second season as Ben, the President's pragmatic Chief of Staff.

David Wilson Barnes (You Don't Know Jack) has joined the cast of the AMC drama pilot Halt & Catch Fire. He will play Dale Barnes, the SVP of Sales, North America, for IBM. He is Joe's (Lee Pace) foil with the conflict between these two men being personal as much as it is professional.

Hot in Cleveland is staging a Mary Tyler Moore Show reunion with series stars Betty White and Georgia Engel being joined by Mary Tyler Moore, Valerie Harper and Cloris Leachman for an upcoming episode this summer. The episode will focus on Elka (White) and Mamie Sue (Engel) deciding to get their bowling team, named GLOB: The Gorgeous Ladies of Bowling, back together. They reunite with former team members Diane (Moore), Peg (Leachman) and Angie (Harper) for the first time since their falling-out after their championship season went to their heads.

Sean Faris has landed a recurring role on the upcoming fourth season of ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars. He will play a Pennsylvania state police officer who heads to Rosewood for unknown reasons.

Ray Wise (Reaper) will guest on an upcoming episode of TNT's Perception. He will play a high-powered CEO at the center of an investigation after his business is accused of poisoning a small town.

Matthew Wilkas has joined the cast of the NBC comedy pilot Undateable starring Chris D'Elia and Brent Morin. He will play Brett, Justin's (Morin) gay and prohibitively picky undateable friend who always finds something wrong with a guy.

TNT has released its summer premiere schedule:
     Thursday, June 6
        9:00 - The Hero (New unscripted series)
        10:00 - 72 Hours (New unscripted series)
     Sunday, June 9
        8:00 - Falling Skies (2-Hour season premiere)
     Monday, June 10
        9:00 - Major Crimes
        10:00 - King & Maxwell (New scripted series)
     Sunday, June 16
        10:00 - Falling Skies (Time period debut)
     Tuesday, June 18
        9:00 - Rizzoli & Isles
        10:00 - Perception
     Wednesday, July 24
        9:00 - Franklin & Bash
     Thursday, August 27
        10:00 - Cold Justice (New docu-drama series)