Friday, March 22, 2013

TV News - 'Baby Daddy,' 'Doubt,' 'Friends with Better Lives,' 'Banshee,' 'Dexter,' 'Grimm' & 'Hot in Cleveland'

        Friday, March 22 - ABC Family has renewed Baby Daddy for a third season - two months before the second season is set to debut on May 29. On the early pick-up, network president Michael Riley said, "Baby Daddy was an immediate success when it launched. Based on the creative strength we saw during production on Season 2, and how the episodes, storylines and characters are developing, we decided to double down on this hit show and keep it in production for additional episodes."

Carla Gugino, John Pankow and Mercedes Ruehl have been cast on the ABC drama pilot Doubt from David Shore and starring Steve Coogan. Gugino will play Linda, Vincent's (Coogan) ex-wife who's a no-nonsense ADA with little patience for courtroom antics, especially when it comes to her impulsive ex-husband. Despite their separation, they still hook up occasionally for torrid sex, and although she can no longer live with Vincent, it's apparent that she still has a deep affection for him. Pankow will play Syd Newman, an old-school attorney who works with his wife and fellow lawyers in offices that they rent from Vincent. Ruehl will play Syd's wife, who is frequently exasperated by Vincent but she also considers him a son and her frustration with him never dampens her desire to fight alongside him.

Whitney co-star Zoe Lister Jones has joined the cast of the CBS comedy pilot Friends with Better Lives from Dana Klein. She will play Kate, a competitive and narcissistic woman who is super successful at work but a mess in her dating life. Her casting on the potential series is in second position to NBC's Whitney.

Emmy winner Zeljko Ivanek (Damages) will appear in three episodes of the second season of Cinemax's Banshee. He will play Jim Racine, a chain smoking, renegade FBI agent who has been tracking Rabbit for 15 years. He will arrive in town to investigate Rabbit's disappearance and thusly creating new complication for Lucas and Carrie.

Bethany Joy Lenz (One Tree Hill) has booked a recurring role on the upcoming eighth season of Showtime's Dexter. She will first appear in episode four as Dexter's (Michael C. Hall) new next-door neighbor - a former finance executive looking for a quieter life.

Reg E. Cathey (The Wire, Law & Order: SVU, House of Cards) will guest on the final two episodes of the second season of NBC's Grimm. He will play Baron Samedi, a curious stranger to Portland.

Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson will guest on an early August episode of TV Land's Hot in Cleveland. He will play an eccentric, esoteric, world-renowned, avant garde director who Victoria (Wendie Malick) has been dying to work with. He typically speaks in intellectual terms about obscure movies and decides that one of Victoria's friends has a better face for his next movie.