Tuesday, September 17, 2013

TV News - 'Mad Men' Final Season to Be Split in Half; 'The Fosters' Books Rosie O'Donnell; Jon Tenney to Return to 'Major Crimes'; Plus 14 More Updates!

The Blacklist adds Robert Knepper.

Nathan Lane to return to The Good Wife.

Plus additional updates for The CW's Beauty and the Beast; FX's Saint George; History's Houdini; CBS' CSIThe Crazy Ones and NCIS; NBC's Welcome to the Family; ABC's Scandal and Modern Family; HBO's True Blood; Lifetime's Deliverance Creek (pilot); TNT's Falling Skies.

AMC has announced that the final season of Mad Men will be expanded to 14 episodes and equally portioned with seven episodes airing in the spring of 2014 (dubbed "The Beginning") and the final seven episodes ("The End of an Era) airing in the spring of 2015.

Prison Break alum Robert Knepper has landed a guest role on NBC's new drama series The Blacklist. He will play a target of the FBI in the fifth episode of the season.

ABC Family's The Fosters has signed Rosie O'Donnell to appear in at least three episodes of the series when it returns in January. She will play Rita Hendricks, a tough yet compassionate woman who works in the foster care system and becomes a mentor to a member of the Foster family.

Switched at Birth star Lea Thompson will guest star in a November sweeps episode of CBS' CSI. She will play a smart, no-nonsense woman who knows her way around a CSI lab after working crime scenes in Detroit and is now working as a defense criminalist. She will share many scenes with Elisabeth Shue's Finlay.

Paul Johansson (One Tree Hill) has booked a role on The CW's Beauty and the Beast. He will play Kurt, Tori's (Amber Skye Noyes) father who is an arrogant and powerful Manhattan business mogul. He has grown increasingly paranoid as his career has skyrocketed and now surrounds himself with armed bodyguards and keeps a close eye on his daughter. He will first appear in the six episode of the second season.

Dexter vet David Zayas will recur on FX's upcoming 10/90 comedy series Saint George. He will play Junior, Tio's (Danny Trejo) son and George's (George Lopez) cousin. Like his father, Junior is a bit quirky and off center. Both admire the other and often take advantage of George's success.

Jon Tenney has booked a return appearance on TNT's Major Crimes as both actor and director. He will reprise his role of FBI Agent Fritz Howard - which he originated on The Closer. He will direct the 15th episode and will appear in the 16th.

Evan Jones has been added to History's upcoming miniseries Houdini starring Adrien Brody and Kristen Connolly. He will play Jim, a shy but passionate fan of Houdini's (Brody) who meets his hero while working at a magic store.

Emmy winner Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond) will appear in at least two episodes of CBS' new comedy series The Crazy Ones. He will play Lewis, the third partner at the advertising agency of Lewis, Roberts & Roberts.

Rita Moreno - winner of an Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Grammy - has landed a guest appearance on NBC's new comedy series Welcome to the Family. She will play Abuelita, Lisette's (Justina Machado) grandmother who looms large over the Hernandez family. She is extremely religious, judgmental, tough and perpetually scowling and rude. The thought of disappointing her is so unappealing that the family often tell her elaborate lies about their lives whenever she visits.

ABC's Scandal will air a special one-hour clip show show dubbed Scandal: The Secret is Out in anticipation of the Season 3 premiere on Thursday, October 3 at 8/7c. Series regular Joshua Malina will narrate the special retrospective.

Nathan Lane will reprise his role on the upcoming fifth season of CBS' The Good Wife. He plays Hayden Clarke on the legal procedural. He will return to help Cary (Matt Czuchry) as he and Alicia (Julianna Margulies) embark on starting their own firm. He will return in the seventh episode of the season.

Jon Amiel - who has recently directed the pilots for The Borgias, Twisted and The Tudors - has been tapped to direct the Lifetime drama pilot Deliverance Creek from Melissa Carter and Nicholas Sparks.

HBO's True Blood has promoted recurring guest star Bailey Noble to series regular for the series' seventh and final season. She joined the series in the sixth season as the daughter of Andy (Chris Bauer) and Maurella (Kristina Anapau).

Terminator Salvation alum Treva Etienne has booked a major recurring role on the fourth season of TNT's Falling Skies. He will play Dingaan Botha, who becomes an important figure with the 2nd Mass group of resistance fighters.

Emily Wickersham (The Sopranos, The Bridge) is joining the cast of CBS' NCIS. She will play Bishop, a bright, educated, athletic, attractive, fresh-faced, focused and somewhat socially awkward new agent. She will appear in at least three episodes with an option to become a new series regular.

ABC's Modern Family has tapped Dana Powell (Suburgatory) to appear on the upcoming fourth season as Cam's (Eric Stonestreet) competitive sister.