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'CMT's Next Superstar' Gets Season 2, '60 Minutes' Stands by Lance Armstrong Story and More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 2nd 2011 12:00PM
Kristin Chenoweth'CMT's Next Superstar' -- which hasn't finished Season 1 yet -- has been renewed for Season 2.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Emmy-winner Kristin Chenoweth will perform live during the June 10 finale. The singing competition series comes from 'American Idol' and 'So You Think You Can Dance' producer Nigel Lythgoe and his son Simon.

"Unlike other talent shows, we will continue to push for the entire package," Nigel Lythgoe told EW. "We were so thrilled to see the talent on the first season really step up and tackle each week's challenges. We can't wait to see just how far the finalists on season two are willing to go for the chance at superstardom."

Look for the new season of 'CMT's Next Superstar' to debut either later this year or in 2012.

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Britt Robertson Joins 'Secret Circle,' Aaron Ashmore Boards 'Warehouse 13' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 17th 2011 6:00PM
Britt Robertson'Life Unexpected' star Britt Robertson is staying in The CW family as a lead on the network's new pilot, 'Secret Circle.'

According to Entertainment Weekly, Robertson's casting in the drama series is in second position, behind 'Life Unexpected,' though it's not specified what part she'll play. The CW has not officially made a final decision on the fate of 'Life Unexpected,' but with a "complete series" DVD set being released soon, all signs point to its cancellation.

'Secret Circle' is based on L.J. Smith's novels about a young woman who moves to a new town and finds out she's a witch. Not only is she a witch, but she's part of a secret coven and is the key to the battle between good and evil.

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Aaron Ashmore has joined the cast of 'Warehouse 13.' The 'Smallville' actor will play Steve Jinks, a new ATF agent who can tell when people are lying. Ashmore will be a series regular. [EW]

Christina Applegate on 'The Office'? If she gets her way! 'The Office' star Jenna Fischer and Applegate are cooking up plots to get Applegate on the hit NBC series. [E! Online]

Rachael Harris has joined Mike O'Malley in 'Family Album.' Harris will play wife to O'Malley's Dave. The series follows a family on their vacation. [Deadline Hollywood]

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Michael Emerson, Christine Lahti, Mike O'Malley Join Pilots and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 17th 2011 10:35AM
Michael Emerson, Christine Lahti, Mike O'Malley Join Pilots and More Casting NewsThe stars are aligning for pilot season! Michael Emerson, Christine Lahti and Mike O'Malley have all landed key roles in network pilots.

According to Deadline Hollywood, Emerson has landed the lead role in CBS's 'Persons of Interest,' reteaming him with 'Lost' mastermind J.J. Abrams. The pilot from Jonah Nolan follows an ex-CIA agent who teams with a billionaire, played by Emerson, to fight crime in New York City. Abrams is on board as executive producer.

Emerson was previously attached to star in a lighthearted spy series with fellow 'Lost' veteran Terry O'Quinn, but the script was not turned around in time for pilot season.

In other casting news ...

Christine Lahti will play the lead in 'The Doctor,' CBS's new medical drama pilot. Lahti will play a mom and doctor who reconnects with her grown child at the family's medical practice. [Entertainment Weekly]

'Glee' breakout star Mike O'Malley has joined the cast of Fox's 'Family Album.' The Emmy-nominated actor will play a dad who embarks on an epic family vacation. Each season would feature a new vacation. [Vulture]

Amber Benson is returning to 'Supernatural.' The 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' actress will reprise the role of Lenore, a good vampire. [Zap2It]

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