Thursday, June 13, 2013

TV News - 'Sean Saves the World,' 'Kirstie,' 'Perception,' 'Switched at Birth,' 'Quarry' & 'Open'

        Thursday, June 13 - Smash standout Megan Hilty is returning to NBC in the fall with a series regular role on the new comedy series Sean Saves the World. She will play Liz, Sean's (Sean Hayes) best friend and co-worker who used to be a therapist. The role was played by Lindsay Sloane in the original pilot but she departed after the series was green-lit. The casting marks a reunion between Hilty and Hayes - who did an arc on Smash earlier this year.

TV Land's upcoming comedy series Kirstie - which already boasts a reunion of Cheers co-stars Kirstie Alley and Rhea Perlman - will also be hosting a Seinfeld reunion. Jason Alexander will appear in a recurring role on the show, joining his Seinfeld co-star Michael Richards who is a series regular. Alexander will play Maddie's (Alley) agent. In a statement, Alexander said, "It is a strange and wonderful thing to be working on a brand new show yet surrounded by familiar faces and friends."

Leverage vet Beth Riesgraf is returning to TNT with a guest spot on an upcoming episode of Perception. She will play Daisy Brannen, a fiercely loyal woman who is startled when Pierce (Eric McCormack) and Moretti (Rachael Leigh Cook) catch her at her mysterious boyfriend's motel room.

Justin Bruening will be making a return appearance on the July 29 episode of ABC Family's Switched at Birth. Details on why his Chef Jeff will be popping up again are being kept under wraps.

Stellan Skarsgård (Thor, The Avengers) will co-star on the Cinemax drama pilot Quarry starring Logan Marshall-Green. He will play The Broker, a shadowy figure who approaches Quarry (Marshall-Green), recruiting him into his criminal ranks.

Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games) has landed a starring role on the HBO drama pilot Open from Ryan Murphy and Lauren Gussis. He will play the handsome but arrogant Evan Foster, a bit of a blowhard who loves espousing his theories on human sexuality.