Wednesday, July 10, 2013

TV News - 'The Good Wife,' 'Royal Pains,' 'Arrow,' 'Castle,' 'New Girl,' 'NCIS,' 'Hawaii Five-0' & 'The Strain'

        Wednesday, July 10 - Arrested Development star Jeffrey Tambor has booked a guest appearance on the fifth season premiere of CBS' The Good Wife. He will play a judge who's in a race against the clock for a case involving the death penalty.

Jenna Elfman (1600 Penn, Growing Up Fisher) has been tapped for a guest starring role on the August 28 episode of USA's Royal Pains. Additionally, Henry Winkler will reprise his role of Hank (Mark Feuerstein) and Evan's (Paulo Costanzo) father in the hour. Elfman will play Lacy, a reformed party girl who believes life can still be a party - even if you're not partying. When she crosses paths with the Lawson clan, she is able to offer some surprisingly insight advice for the family.

Veteran TV director Jamie Babbit (Drop Dead Diva, Popular) has signed on to helm the united HBO comedy pilot from writer/executive producers/stars Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin and executive producer Lorne Michaels. The pilot - which is set to film in Atlanta in September - focuses on two 30-year-old reporters trying to make it big in Atlanta.

Summer Glau (Firefly, Dollhouse, Alphas) has booked a recurring role on the upcoming second season of The CW's Arrow. She will play Isabel Rochev, the beautiful and dangerous Vice President of Acquisitions for Stellmoor International, a company looking to take over Queen Consolidated.

Lisa Edelstein (House) is joining the cast of ABC's Castle for a multiple episode arc. She will play Rachel McCord, a tough and highly-skilled Federal Investigator who will play a pivotal role in Beckett's (Stana Katic) decision for her future.

Damon Wayans, Jr. is nearing a deal to rejoin FOX's New Girl for a major Season 3 arc this fall. Wayans starring in the FOX comedy's pilot but was forced to exit from the series after ABC's Happy Endings surprisingly earned a second season renewal. Lamorne Morris was brought in to replace him. Now with Happy Endings officially canceled, there was no reason stopping Wayans' return to the sitcom.

Cote de Pablo has decided to exit CBS' long-running drama series NCIS. The actresses' contract expired at the end of Season 10 and was the only cast member who had not re-upped for the upcoming 11th season - which starts shooting in a week. She will appear in the Season 11 premiere (airing Sept. 24) to wrap up her story. In a statement, she shares, "I've had eight great years with NCIS and Ziva David. I have huge respect and affection for Mark, Gary, Michael, David, Rocky, Pauley, Brian, Sean, all of the team and CBS. I look forward to finishing Ziva's story."

Chi McBride (Pushing Daisies, Golden Boy) has signed on to appear in the fourth season premiere of CBS' Hawaii Five-0. He will play SWAT Captain Lou Grover, who transfer from Chicago to Hawaii and has opposing styles of law enforcement to the Five-0 team. He has the potential to appear in more episodes as well.

Robert Maillet (Pacific Rim) and Francis Capra (Veronica Mars) have joined the cast of the FX drama pilot The Strain. Maillet will play The Master, who comes to New York City from Europe and begins a strategic and systematic takeover of the world despite the efforts of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll). Capra will play the recurring role of Crispin, a mid-30s scammer who is always on the lookout for the easy and high-paying way out.