Tuesday, August 20, 2013

TV News - Marg Helgenberger to Return to 'CSI' for 300th Episode; 'Breaking Bad' Vet Lands Sizable Arc on 'Community'; Plus 10 More Updates!

The Mindy Project taps Justified lead for a romantic guest spot.

Sharknado actress to appear on two episodes of Baby Daddy.

Hawaii Five-0 casts a mom for its other leading man.

Plus additional updates for ABC's Scandal; FOX's The Following; The CW's Nikita and The 100; Starz's Outlander and Dancing on the Edge; and USA's Love Is Dead (pilot). 

Before Marg Helgenberger returns to weekly television on CBS' midseason drama Intelligence, she will reprise her CSI role Catherine Willows - which she played for 12 seasons - on the procedural's upcoming 300th episode. The landmark episode will air on October 23 and will focus on a cold case that takes the characters back to 14 years ago.

Rob Corddry (Childrens Hospital) is set to reprise his recurring role on the fifth season premiere of NBC's Community. He plays Alan Connor, Jeff's (Joel McHale) obnoxious lawyer colleague from his former firm who turned him in for not having a real law degree. He was last seen on the comedy in the third season finale.

In more Community news, Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad) has signed on to appear in 11 episodes of the fifth season. He will play Pat Nichols, an intense criminology professor with a mysterious background in military and police work. He will first appear in the second episode when Annie (Alison Brie) enrolls in his class.

Justified leading man Timothy Olyphant is set to guest star on the second season of FOX's The Mindy Project. He will play a professional skateboarder who meets Mindy (Mindy Kaling) when he nearly runs her over in New York's Union Square. His episode is slated to air in October.

Cynthia Stevenson (Dead Like Me) will appear in a mid-October episode of ABC's Scandal. She will play a new client in need of Pope & Associates' help. Other detail about her character are being kept a secret.

Jessica Stroup (90210) and Tiffany Boone (Southland) have joined the cast of the second season of FOX's The Following. Stroup joins - in the series regular role - as Max, Ryan's (Kevin Bacon) niece and an NYPD intel specialist. Boone will recur as a young woman who finds herself drawn to Joe Carroll's (James Purefoy) cult.

Judd Nelson has been cast on the fourth and final season of The CW's Nikita. He will appear as a deep-cover operative who has major ties to a devious worldwide plot that will force the group to come back together in order to stop.

Outsourced star Ben Rappaport is set as the lead on the USA comedy pilot Love Is Dead from Zev Borow. The project is set at an agency that specializes in breaking-up romantic relationships for those who don't want to do it themselves. It centers on Alex (Rappaport), who is dumped by a representative of the agency and vows to find out what it was that was wrong with him - by taking a job at the company.

John Dahl has signed on to direct the first two episodes of Starz's new drama series Outlander from Ron Moore and based on Diana Gabaldon's best-selling book series. He has recently directed episodes of Dexter, Hannibal, The Americans, Justified and Homeland.

Lindsey Morgan (General Hospital) has landed a recurring role on The CW's new midseason drama series The 100. She will play Raven, the youngest mechanical engineer the Ark has seen in 52 years. She is smart, skilled and fiercely determined. Upon learning about the 100, she is desperate to be reunited with her friends on the ground.

Melanie Griffith (Raising Hope) is joining the fourth season cast of CBS' Hawaii Five-0. She will Danny's mom (Scott Caan) who drops by unexpectedly.

Cassie Scerbo (Sharknado, Make It or Break It) will appear in two episodes of ABC Family's Baby Daddy. She will play Heather, Riley's (Chelsea Kane) former arch-nemesis/best friend. She and Riley used to spend every summer together at sports camp - fighting on the field and over boys.

Starz will premiere the jazz-centric original miniseries Dancing on the Edge on Saturday, October 19 at 10/9c. following the finale of The White Queen. The miniseries stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Matthew Goode, Jacqueline Bisset and John Goodman.