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Casting News: Michael J. Fox Will Return to 'The Good Wife,' 'True Blood' Adds New Series Regulars and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 23rd 2010 11:25AM
Julianna Margulies, Michael J. FoxAlicia Florrick, prepare to go toe-to-toe with Louis Canning once again. According to Entertainment Weekly, Michael J. Fox will return to 'The Good Wife' early next year as Canning, the manipulative lawyer who gave Lockhart/Gardner & Bond one heck of a court battle.

"As soon as we saw the dailies of Michael playing Louis Canning, we started pleading with him to return," creators and executive producers Robert and Michelle King told EW. "Luckily he agreed. He's amazing in this role: unpretentiously brave and funny. It's good to have him back."

Fox played Canning in 'Poisoned Pill,' the sixth episode of the CBS drama's second season. Look for him in episode 13, competing with Alicia (Julianna Margulies) to reach homeowners for a class-action lawsuit.

In other casting news ...

Eric Mabius is heading to NBC's 'Chase.' The 'Ugly Betty' veteran will play Justin Tate, a former cop who has become a fugitive and uses his law enforcement knowledge to prey on innocents. [Entertainment Weekly]

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban were confirmed as two of the guests on Oprah's upcoming Sydney shows. The Australian episodes will be filmed on Dec. 14, and will also feature Hugh Jackman and wife Deborah Lee Furness, Baz Luhrmann and wife Catherine Martin, Cate Blanchett and Jon Bon Jovi. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Mariana Klaveno, Lorena on 'True Blood,' will guest star on 'Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior.' Klaveno will play Veronica, a spotlight-loving woman who is quite good an manipulating men. [Movieline]

Thomas Calabro will guest on ABC's 'Castle.' The former 'Melrose Place' star will play Scott Donner, the client of a matchmaker who becomes a suspect when the matchmaker turns up dead. [TV Guide]

Ready for more Nan Flannigan? Jessica Tuck, the actress behind the tough-as-nails Flannigan has been promoted to series regular on 'True Blood.' In addition to Tuck, 'True Blood' is adding 'The L Word' veteran Janina Gavankar as a regular. Alexandra Brecekenridge of 'Life Unexpected' and Vedette Kim of 'As the World Turns' fame will appear as recurring characters. [Deadline Hollywood]

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I think, some TV exectives, need look at all the cancellations, again. For one item; why didn't NBC give "Law and Order" a second chance or move to another day or time. Second why not revamp "Chase", or even change the name to U.S. Marshalls. Abc is thinking of ending "General Hospital" and putting a talk show in it's place. A soap that has own a few Emenys.

May 15 2011 at 10:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Michael J. Fox is trying to live and make a difference in the reserch of a terrible disease that I wouldn't wish on anyone. Shame on you for being so cruel. And on Obama, even though I didn't vote for him, he is my president and deserves respect. I am sorry that some people don't have that attitude, shame on you also. President Obama came into a terrible mess and I am sure it can't be fixed overnight. I am not sure what can be fixed, the greed of our society has caught up with us.

November 27 2010 at 1:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Glad To Hear This!!! To those who are talking about politics..let it go. He has a right to believe what he believes and support whom he chooses. I hope he does well in acting again. I loved him in the 80's. I am a Conservative Republican who loves his acting, even if I disagree with his political views.

November 27 2010 at 1:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Vince Sbardella

Would someone with a functioning brain tell me why we can't read and appreciate a moving story like that of Michael J. Fox without connecting it to our political views or hatred?

November 27 2010 at 11:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

we have Parkinson's in our family too...Go Michael J. Go...

November 27 2010 at 11:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Old MIKEY must be back on his meds now that the elections are over. you would have thought he couldn't function at all with the performance he put on during the OBOZO campaign.

November 27 2010 at 10:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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What a moron you have shown yourself to be. You need to stop sipping the tea party Koolaid. Your mind has completely forgotten about the fact that the previous president caused the economic depression in which we find ourselves today. Lie after lie was spewed out of Bush's mouth, but not once did he do anything to prevent economic collapse. You can blame President Obama all that you want, but the real culprit is people like you who stupidly voted for the dumba$$ W, twice. I hope you are proud that you helped a mindless, worthless mongrel of a human, become elected and cause the deaths of more than 4000 Americans, and more than 100,000 Iraqui's.
You and your mindless folk can go follow Palin, ( the only person on this earth that makes George W. look reasonably intelligent ), but she will lead you down a path like Jim Jones, and one day instead of Tea, you will be choking on the poison koolaid.

November 27 2010 at 1:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Miss Cole...this site is not about Obama. Someone else made it that. But, I would appreciate the time to address your thoughts towards Obama. This site however, is not the place. Michael J Fox is a great actor, and that is what this is all about.

November 27 2010 at 10:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am so sick of Obama bashing. He stepped in to an already enormously screwed-up situation in this country, and people expected him to turn it around within the first year? Can't be done. And anyone who thinks it can is a moron. And maybe hardly anyone ever heard of him, before he ran, and thought he was inexperienced, but he has lots of knowledgable advisors around him. He's not making decisions alone.

November 27 2010 at 10:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Johnny Thain

Susan. You're sick of Obama bashing????? All you guys did for eight years was to bash a truly great President George W Bush. Obama is an ass clown and a fraud. Turn it around???? It's been nearly two years and he made it worse. I'll admit that Bush let the Demoncrat congress spend like a bunch of bums are drove the economy into a ditch. This dope has driven it off a cliff and we need to fix it NOW. If you haven't noticed, American has awakened to his efforts to socialize the country and have repudiated his entire agenda. And, if you didn't like the November election results, just wait for the next one. You shiftless, lazy, free loading, pinko socialists are going on your ass again.

Now regarding Fox. You libs are probably too stupid to remember this but in the Stem Cell debates (and Bush's solution btw was proven to be 100% correct) Fox was a phony. He put on a good show to make the case for the liberal media with all his shaking and baking. The simple fact of the matter is that he is indeed a phony.

November 27 2010 at 8:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love Michael J. Fox and feel so sorry for what he is going through with Parkinson's Disease. But I can't bear to watch him, constantly moving around as he does. I know he can't help it, but it's just heartbreaking to watch.

November 27 2010 at 10:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Great person he has done some wonderful work for Parkinson's disease. I wish him the best on the TV shows. To call him a fake is so cruel and may that person burn.

November 27 2010 at 10:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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