Wednesday, June 26, 2013

TV News - 'Unforgettable,' 'Awkward,' 'Mixology,' 'The Assistants' 'Elementary,' 'The Leftovers,' 'Lost Angels,' 'Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous,' 'I Am Victor,' 'Eastbound & Down' & 'Witches of East End'

        Wednesday, June 26 - Andrew McCarthy (Pretty in Pink) has been tapped to appear in the second season premiere of CBS' Unforgettable. He will play Ari Sonnenland, a wealthy real estate developer whose 11-year-old daughter has been kidnapped. The wealthy businessman has the money to pay the ransom but is reluctant to accept the help from the NYPD and turns to Carrie and Al to help solve the case.

Lauren Iungerich, the creator/executive producer/showrunner of MTV's hit comedy series Awkward., has decided to exit the series at the end of its current third season. Reports say that her departure is for personal and professional reasons. MTV Programming President Susanne Daniels said in a statement, "Awkward is a wonderful series and we appreciate the creativity and devotion Lauren brought to this show. We wish her the best in her new ventures." The network is currently looking for a new showrunner to oversee a potential Season 4 - the hiring of which (or not) would determine the future of the series.

Frankie Shaw (Blue Mountain State) has joined the cast of ABC's new midseason comedy series Mixology as a series regular. She will play Fabienne, a "frenemy" of Jessica's (Alexis Carra) and a gorgeous, stylish, chic force of nature who never married and has a successful fashion line but, under all the glitter and glamour, might be a bit jealous of Jessica's personal life.

Warner Bros. has extended the contract options of four regulars from the FOX comedy pilot The Assistants: series regulars Brittany Snow, Stephen Root and Catherine O'Hara as well as guest star Jillian Bell. The comedy pilot failed to pick up a series order last month but has remained in serious contention at the network with an eye toward re-piloting the project, though no official second pilot order has been given yet.

Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man, Notting Hill) has been cast in a recurring role on the upcoming second season of CBS' Elementary. He will play Sherlock Holmes' (Jonny Lee Miller) older brother, Mycroft Holmes. He will first appear in the season premiere. In the episode, Sherlock is called to London to revisit an old case, where he is forced to face Mycroft. Although the siblings suffered a drastic falling-out a few years earlier, Mycroft allows Sherlock and Joan (Lucy Liu) to stay in his new home, 221B Baker Street. With Joan in the middle, the brothers are forced to confront their very complicated history. "I could not be more excited to have Rhys coming aboard," said series creator Robert Doherty. "I've always been a tremendous fan and feel very honored to have him in the fold. Equally excited are Jonny and Lucy, both of whom have worked with Rhys in feature films. I think this is going to be a lot of fun for all of us."

The Secret Circle alum Chris Zylka has landed a regular role on the HBO drama pilot The Leftovers starring Justin Theroux. He will play Tom, a college dropout who has taken refuge with a mysterious guru after the rapture.

Micah Parker will appear in multiple episodes of TNT's upcoming drama series Lost Angels from Frank Darabont. He will play mobster Moe "Little Moe" Feltzer.

MTV has decided to cancel comedy Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous after one season. In a statement, the network said, "We are huge fans of [series star] Bo Burnham and the entire creative and talented team behind Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous. After careful consideration of many factors, we have ultimately decided not to move forward with an additional season of the series. We wish Bo, the cast and the entire production crew the very best."

Universal Television has extended the contract options of six series regulars on the NBC drama pilot I Am Victor - John Stamos, Matthew Lillard, Angela Sarafyan, Kosha Patel, Josh Zuckerman and McKaley Miller. Earlier this month, the network ordered a rewrite of the pilot after it failed to get a series order in May. If the execs sign off on the new script, a second pilot will be commissioned with filming to happen later this summer.

Ken Marino and Tim Heidecker have joined the cast of the upcoming fourth and final season of HBO's Eastbound & Down. Marino will appear in all eight episodes as Guy Young, a middle-aged athlete who's still living the high life and partying it up every weekend. Heidecker will play Gene, a vanilla guy in Kenny's neighborhood who has nothing in common with him and lacks even a basic sense of humor.

Eric Winter (The Mentalist, Brothers & Sisters) has replaced Patrick Heusinger on Lifetime's new drama series Witches of East End. He will play Dash, the JFK Jr.-esque fiancé of Freya (Jenna Dewan-Tatum).