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Benjamin Bratt Joins 'Private Practice,' Dominic Purcell Heads to 'Castle' and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 21st 2011 11:00AM
Benjamin BrattBenjamin Bratt is returning to TV with a role on ABC's 'Private Practice.' The 'Law & Order' veteran will be a series regular on the medical drama.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Bratt will appear in the season 4 finale before joining the cast as a regular in season 5. Details about Bratt's role are being kept under tight wraps.

Bratt is just the latest cast change to the 'Grey's Anatomy' spinoff. Audra McDonald will leave the show after this season and Brian Benben and Caterina Scorsone were upped to series regulars.

In other casting news ...

Heather Locklear has joined the cast of CBS's pilot 'The Assistants.' Locklear will play one part of a celebrity couple who has a crack team of assistants to look out for their every whim. [Entertainment Weekly]

Michelle Trachtenberg will star in CBS's untitled comedy pilot about a venture capital firm. The 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' veteran will play a mail room clerk who gets promoted to junior associate. [EW]

Dominic Purcell is heading to 'Castle.' The 'Prison Break' veteran will play a Hollywood businessman who may have a connection to a murder. [TVLine]

'24' star Mary Lynn Rajskub is eying a return to TV in CBS's 'How to Be a Gentleman.' Kevin Dillon will also star in the buddy comedy about a columnist. [EW]

Will Nicki Minaj join Simon Cowell's 'X Factor'? The R&B singer is reportedly in talks to join the judging panel that already includes L.A. Reid. Rumored judges also include Paula Abdul and Enrique Iglesias. [NY Post]

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Good move for Bratt. He, like other stars (David Caruso, etc), got the big head and thought he was too good for television... but I am glad he is back.

March 25 2011 at 9:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What a great choice -Benjamin Bratt is one of the few good guys left-

March 22 2011 at 9:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wow. TV just sucks.

March 22 2011 at 9:07 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I'm very happy to see "Michelle Trachtenberg" back in doing something TV!! She's one of my young actress favorites!!

March 22 2011 at 7:28 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

There's nothing wrong with Benjamin Bratt. I enjoyed him on Law & Order and on the cable series "The Cleaner". He should be a welcome actor to the series, devinmcusters. you can always change the channel and choose another series to watch.

March 22 2011 at 6:21 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Kathy's comment

No, because that's where my beloved Judging Amy is.

March 22 2011 at 8:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

BB on PP? pass.

March 21 2011 at 4:02 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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