Thursday, November 21, 2013

TV News - Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake Team Up for 'Saturday Night Live'; 'Hawaii Five-0' Ups Chi McBride to Regular; Plus 8 More Updates!

Additional Updates for:
FX's Braddock & Jackson & The Strain; TV Land's The Exes; and CBS' Two and a Half Men.

Pilot Castings:
CBS' Untitled Jim Gaffigan Project.

Edi Patterson has been cast on FX's upcoming comedy Braddock & Jackson starring Kelsey Grammer & Martin Lawrence. She will play Verushka, a busty, sexy Russian woman who co-owns the massage shop next door to the practice.

Tongayi Chirisa, who co-starred on CBS' original Jim Gaffigan/Peter Tolan comedy pilot last season, has been tapped to appear again on the retooled version. He plays Father Nicholas Ngungumbane, a Catholic priest from Zimbabwe, recently relocated to New York and thrilled to be living in the United States, who tries to convince Jim (Gaffigan) to come to church more often.

Leah Remini (The King of Queens, Dancing with the Stars) is joining TV Land's The Exes in a recurring role. She will play Nicki, Stuart's (David Alan Basche) sister, a tough-talking, no-nonsense, stylish and sexy woman from Staten Island whose 17 year marriage ends when she finds out her policeman husband had an affair.

CBS' Hawaii Five-0 has upped Chi McBride to series regular. He has appear in the three episode of the procedural's fourth season as SWAT Captain Lou Grover.

NBC's Saturday Night Live has set up its lineups for three December originals. On December 7, Paul Rudd will return as host for the third time alongside musical guest One Direction. On December 14, John Goodman will make his 13th appearance as host with musical guest Kings of Leon. Finally, on December 21, the sketch comedy will close the year with former castmate Jimmy Fallon returning as host with Justin Timberlake as musical guest.

Odette Annable (House, Breaking In) has booked a recurring arc on CBS' Two and a Half Men. She will play the new boss and possible love interest of Walden's (Ashton Kutcher).

FX's The Strain has tapped David Bradley (Doctor Who, the Harry Potter franchise) to replace John Hurt on the upcoming drama series. He will play Professor Abraham Setrakian, a holocaust survivor who immigrated to the United States after World War II and now runs a pawn shop in Spanish Harlem. As the outbreak spreads, he may be the only one with answers - if anyone will listen.

Projects Announced in Active Development
  • NBC (1) -- Two to Go (script), a comedy executive produced by Jason Bateman.
  • HBO (1) -- The Right Mistake (script), a drama starring Laurence Fishburne and based on the series of novels about Socrates Fortlow by Walter Mosley.
  • Syfy (1) -- The Woods (script), a drama from Chuck co-creator Chris Fedak.