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News Roundup: Cybill Shepherd to Guest on 'No Ordinary Family,' TNT Renews 'Memphis Beat' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 1st 2010 6:00PM
Cybill ShepherdJulie Benz, meet your new TV mom: Cybill Shepherd!

That's right, the veteran TV actress is heading to ABC's new superhero show 'No Ordinary Family.' According to TV Guide, Shepherd will play Barbara Crane, mom to super speedster scientist Stephanie. Look for Stephanie's parents to not have warm feelings towards Michael Chiklis' Jim.

"They don't know yet about what's happened to the family," Benz told TV Guide. "So we have to decide if it's best to clue them in or keep them in the dark."

In other TV news ...

TNT has renewed freshman drama 'Memphis Beat.' The series starring Jason Lee and Alfre Woodard has averaged 4.5 million viewers over its 10-episode season. [Live Feed]

HBO is bringing 'Hung' back for a third season. The show about Thomas Jane as a downtrodden high school teacher/male prostitute drew 2.5 million viewers last week. [Deadline Hollywood]

'Heroes' star Jack Coleman is headed to 'The Mentalist' on Oct. 14. Coleman will play Max Armstrong, a wealthy and arrogant man who just so happens to catch Patrick Jane's eye and becomes the prime suspect in a murder case. [TV Guide]

'Six Feet Under' star Frances Conroy will play Max's compulsive hoarder mom on 'United States of Tara.' Look for Conroy to pop up in one episode in the Showtime series' third season. [Showtime]

Maira Walsh of 'Desperate Housewives' will guest star on 'The Vampire Diaries.' In the Oct. 7 episode, Walsh will play Sarah, a high schooler who likes to party. [TV Guide]

Kevin Rankin will recur on HBO's 'Big Love.' The 'Friday Night Lights' veteran will play the son of, you guessed it, polygamists. [Hollywood Reporter]

Sharon Lawrence is coming to 'One Tree Hill.' The veteran actress will play Julian's mom on multiple episodes of the CW series. [Ausiello Files]

Sarah McLachlan and Ben Lee will perform on 'Life Unexpected.' The same episode will also feature a 'One Tree Hill' crossover with Haley (Bethany Joy Galeotti) and Mia (Kate Voegele) also performing at a music festival. [Zap2It]

JJ Abrams and 'Lost' executive producer Elizabeth Sarnoff are shopping around a script called 'Alcatraz.' The script was written by Sarnoff and would be under the Bad Robot banner. [Deadline Hollywood]

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Check out this really sweet movie I saw with Cybil Shephard called "Mrs. Washington goes to Smith". http://bit.ly/9FQZmW

September 27 2010 at 6:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chris Arrington

I am glad that Memphis Beat got renewed for another season. I got hooked on it. Jason Lee is great as quirky detective Dwight. I hope it is on for a long run on TNT. The cable stations programs are far more engrossing and well-scripted than many of the network programs. Chris in Ohio

September 15 2010 at 8:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Its that big eared idiot Obamas fault.

September 03 2010 at 8:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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