Wednesday, October 2, 2013

TV News - David Tennant to Topline U.S. 'Broadchurch' Remake; 'Wilfred' Moves to FXX; ABC Renews 'Motive'; Plus 12 More Updates!

Plus additional updates for ABC Family's Baby DaddyWork Mom (pilot) & Mystery Girls (pilot); CBS' The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men & CSI; FX's Fargo & Justified; Showtime's Nurse Jackie; NBC's Camp; HBO's The Money (pilot); and E!'s The Royals (pilot).

FOX's upcoming remake of BBC America's Broadchurch has tapped a very familiar face to topline the cast. The network announced today that original Broadchurch star - and Doctor Who alum - David Tennant will star in FOX's event series. Tennant will basically be playing the same role as an American detective serving as lead investigator on the murder of a young boy in a small beach community. Tennant will also be using an American accent for the series.

NBC has decided to cancel its summer drama series Camp starring Rachel Griffiths after just one season.

Amber Tamblyn has been promoted to series regular on the eleventh season of CBS' Two and a Half Men. She plays Jenny, Charlie Harper's (Charlie Sheen) estranged, lesbian daughter.

CSI: NY vet A.J. Buckley has joined the cast of FX's Justified for its fifth season. He will play Danny, the romantic sociopath of the Crowe crime family.

Colin Hanks (Dexter, NCIS) has been cast on FX's limited series Fargo starring Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton. He will play Duluth Police Deputy Gus Grimly, a single dad who must choose between his own personal safety and his duty as a policeman when he comes face-to-face with a killer.

Vincent Regan (Strike Back) and Jim Piddock (Family Tree) have landed roles on the E! drama pilot The Royals. Regan will play King Simon while Piddock will play Truman, Simon's butler.

Fresh off his Emmy win, Bob Newhart will return to CBS' The Big Bang Theory in the Nov. 7 episode. In it, when Professor Proton (Newhart) contacts Leonard (Johnny Galecki) to ask for help with an experiment, a scorned Sheldon (Jim Parsons) seeks revenge by befriending a rival science TV host, Bill Nye - guest starring as himself.

Bunheads star Bailey Buntain will guest star on an upcoming episode of ABC Family's Baby Daddy. She will play Bailey, a fast-talking, vivacious spitfire who starts dating Ben (Jean-Luc Bilodeau) but is essentially a younger version of his mother Bonnie (Melissa Peterman).

ABC has ordered a second season of Motive, its Canadian-imported drama series starring Kristin Lehman and Louis Ferreira. The series will return with new episodes in summer 2014.

Emily Rutherford (The New Adventures of Old Christine) has landed a leading role on the ABC Family comedy pilot Work Mom. She will play Eden, Heather's recently unemployed mother who mixes up her daughter's office in a way no one could have predicted when Heather hires her.

Jennie Garth is in talks to reunite with her 90210 co-star Tori Spelling on the ABC Family comedy pilot Mystery Girls. The project follows a former starlet (Spelling) who is roped into solving crimes with her former mystery TV show co-star (Garth) when a witness to a crime will only speak to the infamous Mystery Girls.

FX's Wilfred has been renewed for a fourth season to be comprised of 10 episodes. The fourth season has also been announced as the series' final season. Additionally, the dark comedy will move to network sibling FXX for its final run.

David Harewood (Homeland) and Andrea Riseborough (Oblivian) have joined the cast of the HBO drama pilot The Money starring Brendan Gleeson and Nathan Lane. Harewood will play Kurt Corbitt, a grandiose, boisterous, irascible ideologue and the CEO of the parent company to Castman's (Gleeson) holdings. Riseborough will play Anna Elkin, an Oxford educated and self-made success who is an editor at a top New York newspaper.

Julie White (Go On) has booked a major recurring role on the sixth season of Showtime's Nurse Jackie. She will play Antoinette, a ballsy Southern realtor who becomes an AA sponsor to a spiraling Jackie (Edie Falco). She has seen and heard it all and could potentially be Jackie's match.

ER vet Sherry Stringfield has been cast on an upcoming episode of CBS' CSI. She will play Dawn, a likable blue-collar swing shift CSI who joins Morgan (Elisabeth Harnois) in investigating a serial rapist case. When she's not at work, Dawn is attempting to manage her son's addiction issues.