The TV Casting Scoop

With so many new and returning shows coming this fall, there have been a lot of new characters being added. Here are some of the big casting scoops:

First A Musical, Now A Dance Number? “Fame”‘s Debbie Allen will guest star on “Grey’s Anatomy” as Jackson’s mother, and will direct her 4th episode of the series as well.

New Horizons: Andre Braugher (“Men of A Certain Age”) is coming to “Law & Order: SVU” and may get involved with Det. Benson.

“Castle” Fans May Hope For A Murder: “The Killing” star Kristin Lehman will appear on “Castle” as a love interest for the titular character.

Smooth Operator: Jay Mohr is joining “Prime Suspect” in a recurring role as a skeevy assistant district attorney.

Reunited and It Feels So Good: “Hawaii Five-0” will reunite Masi Oka with his former “Heroes” co-star Greg Grunberg.

Reunited and It Feels So Awkward: “Chuck” guest star and “Old Spice” spokesperson Isaiah Mustafa will recur on “Charlie’s Angels” as the ex-fiancee of one of the Angels.

Boy Meets Skeleton? “Boy Meets World”‘s Ben Savage will guest star on “Bones.”


The TV Casting Scoop

With so many new and returning shows coming this fall, there have been a lot of new characters being added. Here are some of the big casting scoops:

An Ideal Situation? “Parenthood” has cast newcomer Rosa Salazar as a pregnant woman at hopeful adoptive parent Julia’s office who isn’t sure if she’s ready for parenthood herself.

Getting Political: Ryan Rottman (“Gigantic”) has won the role of Shane on “90210.” Shane is an openly gay twenty-something fighting for marriage equality, and will probably play into Silver’s work with fellow newcomer Brandy.

Clueless: “Lie To Me” alum Kelli Garner will guest on “The Mentalist” as a woman who still believes Patrick Jane is a psychic.

“Castle” Meets “Futurama”: Veteran actor William Atherton will play a cryogenics expert who gets mixed up in one of Castle and Beckett’s cases when a body goes missing. Maybe it’s hanging Leela and Bender?

Frequent Flyer: Longtime “ER” star Goran Visnjic will recur on “Pan Am” as an immigrant torn between his Yugoslavian homeland and the U.S.

The TCA Breakdown: ABC

Here are a few tidbits from ABC‘s Television Critics Association session:

No spin-off in the works for “Desperate Housewives,” plus plot details on the final season. [The Hollywood Reporter]

ABC will announce the cast of the upcoming 13th season of “Dancing With the Stars” on Monday, August 29 during an episode of “Bachelor Pad.” [Zap2It]

A Marvel character will appear on “Castle,” ABC still developing Marvel’s “The Incredible Hulk” and “AKA Jessica Jones” for television series. [Wetpaint]

“Rookie Blue,” which has been renewed for a 3rd season, could air during the regular TV season. [TVLine]

The reboot of “Charlie’s Angels” will differentiate itself from the original series and the films by delving into the pasts of the Angels. [Hollywood Reporter]

Stop comparing “Pan Am” to “Mad Men,” and how the show’s premise lends itself to espionage storylines. [AOL TV]

Get the details on “The Chew,” the new show that has soap opera fans across the nation angry. [TVGuide]

The TV Talk’s Shows I Gave Up On

Pretty much all of these shows are very popular, either among a mainstream or a small-but-insatiable fan base. I in no way mean to diminish anyone’s love for these shows, only to say that although I watch a lot of television, I simply cannot watch it all (nor would I want to). Here are a few of those shows that other love, yet I, for one reason or another, left behind:

“Castle” – I watched most of the first season, really because I’m not a fan of many procedurals, other than “Bones,” which has a sense of humor unlike any other crime procedural. So, while “Castle” seemed like a cheesy copy-cat, with Nathan Fillion’s hammy Richard Castle. The cases were standard, as was the friction (read: future romance) between the lead characters. I was more willing to look past that because I’m a fan of what  the “crimedy” genre, mixing in comedy and heart with cop drama. It had all of the right elements, and no show is perfect in its 1st season, but eventually I chose to stick to the characters I’d already grown to love.

“Nikita” – One of the shows I was most looking forward to last fall, I watched the first half of the season before giving up, feeling like every episode was starting to feel the same. There was a case in which Nikita had to stop Division, along with help from Alex, and she succeeded every week. For a show about spies and double agents, there wasn’t nearly enough tension.  Likewise, there wasn’t enough of the secondary characters, especially Melinda Clarke’s intimidating but seldom-seen Amanda. Of any of these shows, this is the one I regret letting go of the most, since I know most of these problems were remedied as the series delved deeper into the mythology of Division and the Black Boxes, along with some intriguing character developments.

“The Big Bang Theory” – I was a huge fan of “The Big Bang Theory” for the whole 1st season and well into the 2nd. Yet somewhere along the way, I stopped finding Sheldon’s antics funny and just found his character to be grating. One of comedy’s biggest challenges is that the characters do not evolve as easily as they do in dramas, usually because their personality flaws are what bring the laughs. While I understand this, I would look to “How I Met Your Mother,” for all of its flaws, for allowing Barney to be true to himself while also growing into a man who is ready for marriage (hopefully to Robin!). My problem with that show was when it gets too “sitcom-y,” and “The Big Bang Theory” always feels that way to me. Which is why, no matter how much I like Kaley Cuoco, I had to give this show up.

“The Middle”– This show gained a lot of critical buzz in its 2nd season as an underrated comedy gem. My problem is that I find the show and its characters cute but not very funny. Brick is adorable, as are his under-his-breath whisperings. Sue’s positive attitude, despite constant setbacks, is also amusing. But the show never really makes me laugh. Patricia Heaton’s exasperation doesn’t do much for me, and Neil Flynn, who was so great on “Scrubs,” never really gets much to do. I check in on the show periodically, usually when everything else is in reruns, and it’s always nice to see the Heck family again. But for me, “The Middle” is like an old friend that it’s nice to run into every once in a while, but not someone you need to see on a weekly basis.

“One Tree Hill”– I can’t believe this show is still on, seeing as how many times it has been on the renewal bubble, not to mention the fact that it has been on for almost 9 years. “One Tree Hill” was always an over-the-top melodrama, with a pretend-brother stalker, a limo crashing off a bridge after a teen wedding, and a grown man murdering his brother (seriously, the show’s creator Mark Schwahn must have a seriously complicated relationship with his brother), all while the characters were in high school. But I stopped watching the show after they all became famous (writer, musician, fashion designer, etc.) and they introduced their second psycho stalker in two seasons (Nanny Carrie). Although I am not apologetic about giving it up, “One Tree Hill,” something about the show ending this year has made me a little nostalgic for the early years.

So tell me, am I crazy for giving up on these shows? And what shows have you dropped from your TV line-up?

Related Post: The TV Talk’s Shows I Just Can’t Quit

The TV News and Casting Round-Up

Here’s somewhat of a mix of today’s general TV scoop and casting news:

Don’t expect any crossovers between “The Vampire Diaries” and Kevin Williamson’s new series “The Secret Circle.” [Deadline]

The Patty Duke will appear on “Hawaii Five-0″ as the mother of a murder victim who also suffers from Alzheimers. [Inside TV]

Singer Brandy joins “90210″ in a recurring role as a political candidate who enlists Silver to promote her campaign. [TVLine]

Martin Lawrence may return to series television, signs development deal with CBS. [Vulture]

Beckett will see a psychiatrist on “Castle” after last season’s shocking finale. See who will play him. [TVGuide]


The TV Casting Scoop

With so many new and returning shows coming this fall, there have been a lot of new characters being added. Here are some of the big casting scoops:

Before Angelina Jolie does, Paula Marshall will be Maleficent in ABC’s “Once Upon A Time.” David Anders (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Alias”) tweeted that he will be joining the show in the 3rd episode. [AOL TV, Twitter]

Chad Michael Murray would like to return for “One Tree Hill”‘s final season. “For the fans.” Riiiiiight. [Zap2It]

“Castle” alum seeks “Revenge” as a private investigator to the rich. [TVLine]

Jeri Ryan (“Body of Proof,” Star Trek: Voyager”) will guest on next Monday’s “Warehouse 13.” [The Futon Critic]

“Jericho”‘s Alicia Coppola has USA fever, guesting on “Suits” as a woman who has a history with Harvey, and recurring on the network’s upcoming “Common Law.” [TVLine]

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The TV Round-Up

With so many developments in the TV business today, catch up on the news in this edition of The TV Round-Up:

It’s looking like Jennifer Lopez will return to “American Idol.” [The Hollywood Reporter]

A preview of what’s to come on The CW‘s upcoming 7th season of “Supernatural.” [eOnline]

No need to worry football fans, a deal has been made and there will be a 2011-12 NFL season. [The Washington Post]

Superheroes, “The X Files,” and long-lost dads? Here’s some scoop on the new season of  ABC‘s “Castle.” [TVLine]

If you enjoyed the AV Club’s breakdown of “Community” season 2 with creator Dan Harmon, check out their new 4-part series on “Parks & Recreation” season 3 with co-creator Michael Schur. [The AV Club]

James Franco will return as “General Hospital” villain. [TVGuide]