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Alan Alda, Hugh Dancy Stop by 'The Big C,' Bret Michaels Sues CBS for Tonys Fall and More TV News

by Jean Bentley, posted Mar 28th 2011 5:15PM
Alan AldaAlan Alda is donning scrubs once more.

The onetime 'ER' actor has booked a guest role on Showtime's 'The Big C' as Dr. Atticus Sherman, an oncologist whom Laura Linney's Cathy consults after her first cancer treatment fails, the network announced today.

Also joining the half-hour comedy: British actor Hugh Dancy, who has signed on for a recurring part, Deadline reports.

In other TV news ...

Remember that time Bret Michaels got hit in the head with a stage piece at the Tony Awards? Well, he's suing CBS and the show's producers for not telling him how to exit the stage properly. [THR, Esq.]

CBS corporate synergy alert! Julie Chen and Holly Robinson Peete of 'The Talk' and Drew Carey of 'The Price is Right' will appear on each other's shows in a crossover event scheduled for next week. [EW]

Alton Brown has signed a new three-year deal with the Food Network. The star will continue to develop and host shows as well as appear on 'The Next Food Network Star,' 'The Next Iron Chef' and 'Iron Chef America.' [Deadline]

It's now official: 'Futurama' has been renewed for two more seasons. "Our entire staff will celebrate tonight by going out and getting even drunker," said creators Matt Groening and David X. Cohen in a statement. [Vulture]

Amanda Knox might not have been able to get Lifetime's 'Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy' pulled before airing in the U.S., but she's trying to have to program barred in Italy. The movie drew 2.8 million viewers last month, but Knox doesn't want it to air in Italy while her appeal is ongoing. Knox is serving a 26-year sentence for killing her British • roommate while studying abroad in 2007. [EW]

Introducing Discovery's newest reality star: Jewel's dad. The father of the singer is the star of new series 'Mountain Men of Alaska.' The network also announced another new show: 'Moonshiners.' The two series will debut on the Discovery Channel this summer. [Discovery]

FX is getting into the sports game. The network will air college football games beginning Sept. 3. [Deadline]

In other guest star news: Andrew Dice Clay will appear in the final season of 'Entourage,' and former 'Mad Men' star Michael Gladis has booked an upcoming episode of 'Leverage.' [The Hollywood Reporter, TV Guide]

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