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.”


A Trailer A Day: “Charlie’s Angels”

ABC is rebooting the ’70s classic “Charlie’s Angels.” This time the Angels include Minka Kelly (“Friday Night Light”), Rachael Taylor (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Annie Ilonzeh (“General Hospital”) and a much younger Bosley (Ramon Rodriguez). Take a look at the trailer for the show, which premieres on Thursday, September 22 before “Grey’s Anatomy”‘s 2-hour premiere:

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:

It’s Showtime: The network’s “Nurse Jackie” casts Bobby Cannavale as new hospital administrator for its 4th season. [Deadline]

Another mother: “Malcolm in the Middle” alum  Jane Kaczmarek will recur on NBC’s new comedy “Whitney” as the titular character’s mother. [Digital Spy]

It’s T.O. time: Terrell Owens will guest star on the first season finale of USA’s “Necessary Roughness.” [AOL TV]

A “Smallville” reunion: the show’s producers, now working on ABC’s upcoming “Charlie’s Angels” reboot, have cast Erica Durance (the former Lois Lane) as a woman from Bosley’s past. [TVLine]

Mr. Congeniality: Benjamin Bratt will reprise his role on “Modern Family” as Manny’s fun-but-absent father. [TVGuide]

Country strong: Kellie Pickler has been cast on “90210” as (what else?) a country singer who also happens to be the cousin of a new recurring character on the show. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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 Fall Picks – ABC

While I’m counting down the days until fall, I’ve decided to detail the shows I’m looking forward to (and what I’m not) from each network. Disclaimer: I’ve only seen the trailers and am only going on my intuition as an avid TV viewer. The links will take you to the web site for each new show, click on them to watch trailers and see cast photos.

Returning Favorites:

“Modern Family” finished its wonderful second season with a touching finale that left us wanting more… additions to the family? We’ll see if Cameron and Mitchell decide to adopt another child, while Lily herself is getting older and will become more involved in the show.. Wednesdays 9pm.

I’m so excited that “Happy Endings” was renewed for a second season, complete with more Penny and Max. If only we can get a sequel to that Jazz-Kwon Do episode. Wednesdays 9:30pm.

Last season of “Grey’s Anatomy” ended up with some of the Seattle Grace doctors’ relationships on the rocks, and we’ll see how it all plays out before the original actors’ contracts are up at the end of the year.  Thursdays 9pm.

Hopefully we’ll get some answers on Benjamin Bratt’s mysterious “Private Practice” character soon after the start of the season.  We’ll see the aftermath of Pete’s heart attack and start fresh at a new medical practice without Naomi Bennett. Thursday 10pm.

“Desperate Housewives” returns for what feels like the 15th season of shenanigans. This show isn’t what it once was, but the finale twist that left the leading ladies (and Carlos) covering up a murder gave me a small glimmer of hope. Another thing is that Tom and Lynnette (AKA TV’s worst couple) have separated, and hopefully they won’t reconcile too soon. Sundays 9pm.

New Series:

I haven’t seen enough of “Once Upon A Time” to make up my mind. The parts from the trailer that showed the residents of Storybrooke in their  fairytale setting looked cheesy, but with a cast that includes “Big Love”‘s Ginnifer Goodwin and House’s Jennifer Morrison, I more than willing to give it a shot. Sundays 8pm in October.

“Pan Am” looks beautiful, and the 1960s flight attendants-and-pilots drama seems like it could be very fun. Not to mention the weekly addition of Christina Ricci on my television. My only concern is the espionage storyline, which could be entertaining or way over-the-top. I don’t know for sure, but this show looks like a keeper. Sundays 10pm.

I don’t have anything positive to say about “Last Man Standing.”  The comedy series was supposed to be Tim Allen’s big return to TV, but it just doesn’t seem like the show to do it.  Tuesdays 8pm in October.

If “Man Up!” can develop past its where-did-the-real-men-go premise, perhaps it could become a good ensemble comedy in the vein of the now mistitled “Cougar Town.” Let’s hope it can do so, because the cast, including Amanda Detmer and Teri Polo, has potential. Tuesdays 8:30pm in October.

One of the funniest comedy trailers (if not the funniest) I’ve seen so far, “Suburgatory” looks like a hit. Sandwiched in a sweet spot between the underrated “The Middle” and smash hit “Modern Family,” this show has more than a shot. I can’t wait to see more sardonic wit from up-and-comer Jane Levy. Wednesdays 8:30pm.

New drama “Revenge” has such a high-concept premise that it is hard to tell how it can sustain itself for more than a few episodes. Emily VanCamp (Brothers and Sisters) stars as a mysterious woman who returns to the Hamptons seeking — get it — revenge. If they can get the right amount of soapy drama, I’ll be there. Wednesdays 10pm.

“Charlie’s Angels” has the makings of a great remake, by staying true to the premise, a great cast, including Minka Kelly (“Friday Night Lights“),  Rachael Taylor (“Grey’s Anatomy”), and Annie Ilonzeh (“General Hospital”). However, I haven’t seen the chemistry between the actors, and a show like this rests on those relationships. I still think it’s worth a shot. Thursdays 8pm.

Along with NBC, ABC has one of the highest numbers of new series for this year.  Along with the returning “Cougar Town,” ABC will also premiere edgy comedy “Apartment 23,” soapy dramedy “GCB,” the Ashley Judd-starrer “Missing,” the frightening “The River,” Shonda Rhimes‘s “Scandal,” and the men-in-drag comedy “Work It.”

Also, don’t forget to check out my take on FOX’s Fall Schedule, my take on NBC’s Fall Schedule,  my take on CBS’s Fall Schedule, and my take on the CW’s Fall Schedule.

Sources: ABC, Entertainment Weekly (1), The Hollywood Reporter (1)

The ABC Fall Schedule

Monday 9/19
8 Dancing with the Stars (2 Hours)
10 Castle

Tuesday 9/20
9 Dancing with the Stars
10 Body of Proof

Wednesday 9/21
8 The Middle (1-Hour Premiere)
9 Modern Family (1-Hour Premiere)
10  Revenge

Thursday 9/22
8 Charlie’s Angels
9 Grey’s Anatomy (2-Hour Premiere)

Sunday 9/25
7 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2-Hour Premiere)
9 Desperate Housewives
10 Pan Am

Wednesday 9/28
8:30 Suburgatory
9:30 Happy Endings

Thursday 9/29
10 Private Practice

Sunday 10/2
7 America’s Funniest Home Videos

Tuesday 10/11
8 Last Man Standing (1-Hour Premiere)

Tuesday 10/18
8:30 Man Up!

Friday 10/21
8 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (Time-Period Premiere, 2 Hours)

Sunday 10/23
8 Once Upon A Time

Don’t forget to check out my take on ABC’s schedule here.

Sources: ABC