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'Psych' Scoops Up Jason Priestley & Tony Hale, Nicole Richie Joins 'Fashion Star' and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 7th 2011 1:00PM
Jason Priestley, Tony HaleThis is no joke: Jason Priestley and 'Arrested Development' star Tony Hale are heading to USA Network's 'Psych.'

According to Entertainment Weekly, 'Beverly Hills, 90210' veteran Priestley will play a biker con man who attempts to pull off a job at the same resort where Shawn (James Roday) is vacationing.

Hale will play an imports and exports businessman who interacts with Shawn and Juliet (Maggie Lawson) while they're on a romantic weekend away.

In other casting news ...

• Nicole Richie will mentor contestants on NBC's 'Fashion Star.' Designer John Varvatos will also serve as a celebrity mentor. "NBC could not have asked for better additions to the celebrity mentors than John Varvatos, one of the most well-known menswear designers in the nation and international style icon and creative director, Nicole Richie," Paul Telegdy, executive vice president of alternative programming at NBC and Universal Media Studios, said in a statement. "Both are trendsetters and tastemakers and their design skills and expertise will be invaluable to our contestants on the series." [NBC]

• Jamie-Lynn Sigler is heading to 'Drop Dead Diva.' The 'Sopranos' veteran will play a travel agent with a bad heart whose death row inmate brother offers her his own. [TV Guide]

• AnnaLynne McCord is getting a new lover and enemy on '90210.' Justin Deeley will play Austin, a cowboy-esque son of a country music star. 'CSI: Miami' actress Megalyn Echikunwoke will play Holly, Naomi's new nemesis. [TVLine]

• ABC News has hired kidnap victim Elizabeth Smart as a contributor. The now-23-year-old was abducted from her home in 2002, and will comment on missing persons cases for the network. [THR]

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