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'Glee' Sidelines Ashley Fink, 'ER' Star Joins 'Awake' & More TV Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 9th 2011 10:45AM
Ashley FinkAnother day, another 'Glee' cast shake-up story. We're more than a little bummed to report Ashley Fink's character is heading to the sidelines.

According to TVLine, Fink's Lauren Zizes character is quitting New Directions and ending her relationship with Puck (Mark Salling).

Why? Well, she's not part of the main cast and her storyline could be picked up down the line.

The main cast has already ballooned to close to 20 people, plus the guest stars from 'The Glee Project,' Idina Menzel and new players LeMarcus Tinker and Vanessa Lengies.

However, viewers might see Fink's Lauren here and there, just like they do Max Adler's Karofsky.

In other casting news ...

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Stockard Channing Joins Ron Moore's Magic Pilot, 'Burn Notice' Prequel Gets Premiere Date and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 11th 2011 6:00PM
Stockard ChanningStockard Channing will headline '17th Precinct,' the new magic-based pilot from 'Battlestar Galactica' mastermind Ron Moore.

According to Deadline Hollywood, the 'West Wing' veteran will play Mira, a former homicide detective who now covers robberies. '17th Precinct' is set in the fictional city of Excelsior, a place where magic and the supernatural rule.

When NBC picked up the show to pilot, it was described as a 'Harry Potter'-type show for grown-ups.

In other TV news ...

'Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe' will premiere April 17 at 9PM on USA. The prequel is set in 2005 and directed by 'Burn Notice' star Jeffrey Donovan. [Entertainment Weekly]

Gary Cole has joined the cast of Fox's comedy pilot 'Tagged.' Cole will play James Percy, a coroner who works with his son. [Deadline Hollywood]

Will Paget Brewster leave 'Criminal Minds'? The actress is currently fielding comedy pilot offers from Fox. Her final 'Criminal Minds' episode of the season will end with a cliffhanger, A.J. Cook is returning to the series to possibly whisk her away. [Deadline Hollywood]

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Meet 'Glee's' Lauren Zizes, aka Ashley Fink

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 8th 2011 1:30PM
Ashley Fink, GleeHas 'Glee's' Brittany S. Pierce met her match in the one-liner department?

Actress Ashley Fink has popped up as McKinley High student Lauren Zizes on 'Glee' since the first season, often to bluntly call out her classmates for their dumb behavior and crack wise. But now that her character has joined New Directions, we've noticed the Houston-born, L.A.-raised actress can deliver a zinger with the bite of Sue Sylvester and the humor of our beloved Brittany.

When TV Squad caught up with the 24-year-old actress last month, she told us she didn't find out Lauren, the Greco-Roman wrestling state champion, was becoming a full-fledged member of New Directions until the wardrobe department called her for a fitting.

"They were like, 'You need to come in for your fitting tomorrow because for the big number you have to match everyone,'" she said. "And I was like, 'That's weird. Why do I have to match everybody?' Because they called me before I got the script. And they were like, 'Oh, no! Did we ruin the surprise?' I was like, 'There is no way this could be ruined -- this is the best news ever.'"

The self-professed musical theater geek ("I know the big snobs don't like 'Wicked' and 'Rent,' but I love 'Wicked' and 'Rent.' I love 'Spring Awakening,' 'Next to Normal,' 'In the Heights'") would not spill one. Single. Detail. About the upcoming episodes. (Though we now know for sure she's the lady Puck is crushing on.) After the jump, Fink discusses her Golden Globes experience, her dream 'Glee' guest star and her favorite karaoke song.

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