Wednesday, May 29, 2013

TV News - 'Homeland,' 'Quarry,' 'The Emmy Awards,' 'White Collar' & 'Undateable'

        Wednesday, May 29 - Tracy Letts (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf), who had been tapped for a recurring role on the upcoming third season of Showtime's Homeland, has quickly been promoted to a series regular. He will play Senator Andrew Lockhart, the powerful, authoritative and commanding Committee Chairman asking tough questions as the government's investigation begins in the wake of the horrific terror attack that prompted the manhunt for terrorist Nicholas Brody.

Game of Thrones vet Noah Taylor has been cast on the Cinemax drama pilot Quarry starring Logan Marshall-Green. He will play Buddy, a hitman who helps Quarry (Marshall-Green) learn the ropes.

How I Met Your Mother regular and frequent awards show emcee Neil Patrick Harris has been tapped to host the upcoming 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, which will air on CBS on Sunday, September 22. He previously hosted the Emmy Awards in 2009 and has hosted the Tonys four of the last five times.

Warren Kole (The Following) and Richard Thomas (The Americans) will appear on the upcoming fifth season of USA's White Collar. Kole will recur as Agent David Seigel, Neal's (Matt Bomer) overly ambitious new handler who takes over for the now-jailed Peter (Tim DeKay). Thomas will guest star as a patriarch of a wealthy family.

NBC's new comedy series Undateable - which currently is slated to debut at midseason - will have to undergo some recasting as two actors who appeared in the pilot have decided to leave the series. Briga Heelan's departure, who stepped in to play the female lead role of Maddie more so as a favor to series producer Bill Lawrence even though she was already attached to star in TBS' Ground Floor also from Lawrence and received a series pickup as well, was expected from the series. Also leaving the project is Matthew Wilkas, who played Brett, Justin's gay and prohibitively picky undateable friend who always finds something wrong with every guy.