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America Ferrera Joins 'The Good Wife,' 'The Game' Grabs Record Ratings and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Jan 12th 2011 6:20PM
America Ferrera'Ugly Betty' star America Ferrera is joining 'The Good Wife.' But, it's not as a new lawyer or poor soul of a client: Ferrera is joining the cast as a romantic interest for Eli (Alan Cumming).

According to Entertainment Weekly, Ferrera will play Natalie, a graduate student who catches Eli's eye. The Emmy-winner will appear in an episode next month along with 'Seinfeld' veteran Jerry Stiller. This is Ferrera's first TV gig since the end of 'Ugly Betty.'

"It's thrilling to have two actors who combine such dramatic and comedic ability," Robert King, co-creator and executive producer of 'The Good Wife,' said in a statement. "We've been watching and loving America for years now on 'Ugly Betty,' and it'll be fantastic to see her take on a completely different role - especially one that puts her across from Alan Cumming."

Stiller will play a judge who has a problem staying awake while on the bench. His character will preside over one of Diane's (Christine Baranski) cases. So far Stiller is just contracted for one episode.

"And Jerry Stiller is our dream judge," he said. "It was great when we got to stop saying 'We need a Jerry Stiller-type in the role' and just got Jerry Stiller."

In other TV news ...

John Goodman has joined the cast of 'Damages.' Goodman will play a CEO of a shady military contractor and a defendant in a wrongful death suit after an incident in a war zone. [USA Today]

'NCIS' pulled in its biggest audience ever: 22 million viewers. The CBS drama, now in season 8, helped the network win the night in overall viewers. [CBS]

In other surprising ratings news, the return of 'The Game' on BET was seen by 7.7 million viewers. The former CW show averaged less than 2 million viewers during its third season. [Deadline Hollywood]

Dick Vitale will stick with ESPN through the 2014-2015 season. In 1979 Vitale called ESPN's first major NCAA game. "Simply put, Dick Vitale is college basketball," Norby Williamson, executive vice president of ESPN said. [Deadline Hollywood]

Leven Rambin has been tapped to recur on 'One Tree Hill.' Rambin will play a woman Brooke encounters while exploring her adoption options. [TVLine]

Ready for a 'Dynasty' movie? Well, those shoulder pads shouldn't be busted out just yet -- the film will be set in the 1960s! The prequel will Blake and his love affair with Alexis. "It's not the wild and crazy 1960s, but the early Kennedy years," 'Dynasty' creator Richard Shapiro said. [E! Online]

FX's 'Lights Out' fizzled in ratings. The boxing drama debuted to 1.5 million viewers, fewer than the now canceled 'Terriers.' [EW]

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corky257

I really like this show,lets hope it lasts

January 17 2011 at 12:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rene

America Ferrera is as lovely as she is talented, my best wishes go out to her.

January 15 2011 at 3:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michelle

I personally think that America is very attractive, and some of the inappropriate remarks are disgusting! SHAME ON YOU ALL WHO MAKE THEM. Who do you think you are? She has come along way, and I think that she will do quite well in her new venture!

January 15 2011 at 2:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
plumber322515

i think its time she shows some skin

January 15 2011 at 1:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Debbie

Oh Yey! I love America and I LOVE Alan Cumming so maybe with him having such a lovely & mucho talented lady as a "romantic interest" I get to see him more as well. What a "Win Win!"

And btw~ 'Terriers' had more viewers than 'Lights Out' because 'Terriers' was a d**n good show!!!!! And it shouldn't have been canceled in the first place! URGGGGGH

January 15 2011 at 1:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
valerie

break a leg america, i know you'll be right for the role.

January 15 2011 at 12:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cjc9250

WAY TO AMERICA! BUENA SUERTE!

January 15 2011 at 12:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
WboG510

Why do they almost always match up actors with women old enough to be their daughters?

January 15 2011 at 11:35 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
nananpoppy

Love "the good wife" never miss an episode. But when I love a show it is usually the kiss of death. I loved "Dark Blue"....gone, loved "Cold Case"....gone, loved "Without a Trace"....gone. Lets hope that doesn't happen to "The Good Wife". Want to watch this for a long, long time.

January 15 2011 at 9:58 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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gimpgirl52

I have the same problem,so to cure this from happening, I watch the stories I love on ON DEMAND or I tape them on my DVR. So far so good! great shows "The Good Wife" and "Cold Case."

January 15 2011 at 12:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lthrnck68

I just might weatch the show just for Ms. Ferrera.

January 15 2011 at 9:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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