Wednesday, November 13, 2013

TV News - 'Cougar Town' is Staging Another 'Friends' Reunion; 'New Girl' Brings Back Jess' Parents; Plus 7 More Updates!

Additional Updates for:
CBS' NCIS: Los Angeles; Netflix's Jessica Jones; and NBC's The Michael J. Fox Show.

Pilot Castings:
HBO's Open.

TBS' Cougar Town is staging yet another Friends reunion. Following appearances by Lisa Kudrow and Jennifer Aniston earlier in the series life, Matthew Perry will now be stopping by on the Courteney Cox-starring comedy. His episode will air towards the end of the series' upcoming fifth season.

Bones alum Andrew Leeds has landed a recurring role on CBS' NCIS: Los Angeles. He will play Booker, the team's newest tech operator who is smart, guarded, focused, curt and has a strong eye for detail.

Melissa Rosenberg - who once served as a head writer on Dexter and then created Red Widow but is more likely known for scripting all of the Twilight movies - has been tapped to write and showrun the second of Netflix's Marvel series - Jessica Jones.

Jamie Lee Curtis and Rob Reiner are returning to FOX's New Girl for an upcoming episode to reprise their roles as Jess' (Zooey Deschanel) parents. The episode will also bring back Angela Kinsey and Jessica Chaffin to the comedy as well as mark the first appearance of Ben Falcone as a new passive-aggressive co-worker of Cece's (Hannah Simone).

Aisha Tyler (Archer, The Talk, Whose Line Is It Anyway?) will guest star on the HBO drama pilot Open from Ryan Murphy. She will play Monica, a happily married nurse at Grace's (Michelle Monaghan) practice who possesses a modern outlook on matrimony.

Brooke Shields (Lipstick Jungle, Suddenly Susan) has booked a recurring role on NBC's The Michael J. Fox Show. She will play Deborah, a smart and beautiful single mother with a sweet and nerdy personality who doesn't have her life together at all. She will meet Ian (Conor Romero) in a ballroom dancing class and their chemistry is unmistakable from the very first moment.

Projects Announced in Active Development
  • NBC (1) -- Untitled Maya Rudolph Project (pilot), a variety series to be toplined by the Saturday Night Live alum.
  • The CW (1) -- Tales from the Darkside (script), a reinvention of the 1980s horror anthology series eyed for next summer.
  • Syfy (1) -- Beowulf (script), an adaptation of the Old English poem.