Thursday, December 12, 2013

TV News - 'Nashville' Books Kelly Clarkson; 'Ground Floor' Star Headed to 'Glee'; Plus 9 More Updates!

Additional Updates for:
ABC's Revenge & The Goldbergs; CBS' Hawaii Five-0; FOX's Dads; The CW's Hart of Dixie; and NBC's Sean Saves the World.

Pilot News:
Showtime's The Vatican.

Brett Cullen (Devious Maids) and Gail O'Grady (NYPD Blue) have been tapped for recurring roles on ABC's Revenge. Cullen will play Jimmy, Patrick's (Justin Hartley) father who has gone on to start another family of his own. O'Grady will play Conrad's (Henry Czerney) first wife who he divorced in order to run away with Victoria (Madeleine Stowe) 25 years ago. Both are expected to first appear in the 13 episode of the third season.

Grammy winner Kelly Clarkson will be making an appearance as herself an upcoming episode of ABC's Nashville. She will appear in the 11th episode of the second season and sing one of Gunnar (Sam Palladio) and Scarlett's (Clare Bowen) classic songs, "Fade Into You."

Tom Berenger (Major Crimes, Hatfields & McCoys) will guest star on an upcoming episode of CBS' Hawaii Five-0. He will play Danny's (Scott Caan) father, an ex-firefighter.

Ground Floor star Skylar Astin has booked a guest role on FOX's Glee. He will play Jean-Baptiste, the lead singer of Throat Explosion - New Directions' main competition at Nationals.

Showtime has opted not to move forward with its high profile drama pilot The Vatican. The network ultimately thought the pilot didn't come in quite as strong as everyone had been expecting. The project was written by Paul Attanasio, directed by Ridley Scott and starred Kyle Chandler.

Eddie Matos (All My Children, General Hospital) has joined the cast of The CW's Hart of Dixie. He will play Enrique, the gorgeous Latino driver for Grandma Bettie Breeland (Maree Cheatham), who is saving money to attend poetry school but will also try to win the heart of one of the Bluebell ladies.

AJ Michalka (Hellcats) is heading to ABC's The Goldbergs for an early 2014 episode. She will play Lainey, Erica's (Hayley Orrantia) wild-child best friend who is not the greatest influence.

Jamie-Lynn Sigler (The Sopranos) will guest star on an upcoming episode of FOX's Dads. She will play a new love interest for Eli (Seth Green).

NBC's Sean Saves the World has been on a stunt casting roll this week. After signing Megan Mullally and Guy Pearce earlier this week for upcoming appearances, today the struggling comedy has tapped Arrested Development star Portia de Rossi for a three-episode arc. She will play Sean's (Sean Hayes) smart, high-powered ex-wife who suddenly re-enters his life.

Projects Announced in Active Development
  • WGN America (1) -- American Dream (Script-to-Series), a drama executive produced by House creator David Shore.
  • FX (1) -- The Bastard Executioner (Pilot Ordered), a drama from Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter.