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'Mormon' Star Pays 'Modern Family' a Visit, '90210' Alum Joins Stephen King Series & More TV Casting News

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 30th 2011 6:30PM
Josh GadA Broadway star is paying a visit to the Dunphys on 'Modern Family' this season.

'Book of Mormon' Tony nominee Josh Gad has been cast as a neighbor of the Dunphys who worships Phil, Entertainment Weekly reports. Interesting choice.

Gad and Ty Burrell co-starred together on the short-lived sitcom 'Back to You' a few years ago. Gad's 'Modern Family' episode will air at some point in the fall.

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John Corbett Returns to 'Parenthood,' 'Alphas' Books Major Nerd Bait & More Casting News

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 2nd 2011 7:00PM
John CorbettJohn Corbett is reprising his role as Lauren Graham's ex on 'Parenthood' this season. The former 'Sex and the City' stud will drop into town for several episodes as Seth, the alcoholic father of Sarah's character.

"Just when everything seems to be going well between Sarah and Mark [Jason Ritter], Seth shows up and he's kind of in a darker place than he's been," creator Jason Katims told TVLine. "And so you see Sarah really having to struggle with wanting to help him and be there for him, but also at the same time [be fully present] in this relationship with Mark that's really good and healthy."

Also going on in the Braverman world: Brittany Belt will play Haddie's BFF who disapproves of her relationship with Alex, TVLine reports.

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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.

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Jason Priestley Says '90210' Was 'Just Another Job' on 'Chelsea Lately' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 28th 2011 3:31AM
Jason Priestley, 'Chelsea Lately'To an entire generation of young people Jason Priestley was and forever will be associated with the character of Brandon Walsh from the original 'Beverly Hills, 90210.' While he accepts this, he doesn't seem to be as attached to the character himself, as revealed on 'Chelsea Lately' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on E!).

On his new-to-the-US DirecTV series, 'Call Me Fitz,' he plays a much smarmier and unlikable anti-hero, and that seems to suit him just fine. Though he couldn't find the expression to say it, he indicated that playing such an iconic role on such an iconic show is a bit of a double-edged sword.

Certainly many actors and actresses have struggled with typecasting after playing signature roles for many years on television. The kids of the original '90210' were no different.

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Jason Priestley Derails Segment With Jennie Garth on 'Access Hollywood Live' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Apr 20th 2011 3:15PM
Jason Priestley Derails Segment With Jennie Garth on 'Access Hollywood Live'Jason Priestley accidentally derailed a segment with former co-star Jennie Garth on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated).

Priestley's microphone was open during Garth's interview, and he can be heard chatting with costumed individuals meant to celebrate a countdown to the royal wedding.

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Jason Priestley Gets 'Haven' Role, Ellen Barkin Joins Pilot and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 11th 2011 1:00PM
Jason PriestleyJason Priestley is stepping back in front of the camera to join Syfy's 'Haven.'

According to TVLine, Priestley will play Chris Weekly, an antisocial genius marine biologist. He'll have an affliction of sorts that some would call a blessing.

Priestley is signed to appear in four episodes during season 2. The 'Beverly Hills, 90210' star will also direct an episode of the Syfy series. (The series airs on Showcase in Canada.)

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Ellen Barkin has joined NBC's 'A Mann's World.' The pilot, from 'Sex and the City's' Michael Patrick King, stars Don Johnson as an aging hair stylist. Barkin will play Johnson's character's ex-wife. [Vulture]

Paul F. Tompkins is getting his evil genius on at Comedy Central. Tompkins will write and star as Professor Tiberius Lynch, a villain who has successfully taken over the world. What happens next? How do you run Earth? Those are Professor Lynch's questions. [Deadline]

Eddie Cibrian is replacing Jeff Hephner in the NBC drama pilot 'Playboy.' Hephner reportedly performed well in his auditions but didn't work out after the table read. [Deadline]

Titus Welliver has been tapped to star in The CW's 'Awakening.' 'The Good Wife' and 'Lost' actor will play a zombie hunter. [TVLine]

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Jason Priestley Tells Story of Obsessed Fan on 'Access Hollywood Live' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jan 21st 2011 2:00PM
Jason Priestley of 'Beverly Hills, 90210' recalls his scariest encounter with an obsessed fan on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated). Priestley said one woman actually broke into his home while he was at work.

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Jason Priestley, Luke Perry Partner Up for TV Western

by Gary Susman, posted Jul 27th 2010 11:40AM
Luke Perry and Jason PriestlyIt's a mini-'Beverly Hills, 90210' reunion, but it's taking place in the old West. According to Deadline Hollywood, the '90s teen drama's two chief heartthrobs, Luke Perry and Jason Priestley, are reuniting to make a TV western.

The two pardners will team up for 'Goodnight for Justice,' to be made for the Hallmark Movie Channel. Perry, who came up with the idea, will star in and executive produce the TV movie, which Priestley will direct.

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Jason Priestley Still a 'Scoundrel'

by Scott Harris, posted Jun 2nd 2010 12:40PM
Hey guys, remember Jason Priestley? Playful smile, great hair, sideburns that stretched for miles? Well, when last we saw Priestley he was busy putting together a small budget flick about wineries in Canada, which is about as far as you can get from the glamor and glitz of his old 'Beverly Hills 90210' stomping ground. Yes, it appeared he had faded into a comfortable -- and comfortably obscure -- semi-retirement up on his grape farm.

Well, not so fast. According to Entertainment Weekly, Priestley isn't quite done with small screen stardom just yet, as the 90's heartthrob will be appearing in a multi-episode arc on ABC's upcoming summer dramedy 'Scoundrels.'

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Hoda Kotb and Jason Priestley Race on Tricycles (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 15th 2010 3:00PM
Hoda Kotb and Jason Priestley race through a course on tricycles on the fourth hour of 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM ET on NBC), navigating around construction barriers and orange cones with eggs balanced on top.

In her haste to cross the finish line, Kotb breaks a total of two eggs, allowing Priestley to triumphantly take the win.

Watch the video after the jump.

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All Star cast for BBC's Day of the Triffids

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 12th 2009 12:06PM
Eddie IzzardA myriad of celebrities are set to star in the BBC's modern remake of the classic sci-fi novel Day of the Triffids. Names include Jason Priestley, Vanessa Redgrave, Brian Cox and Eddie Izzard.

There seems to be quite a few remakes going on in the world of British television at the moment (Triffids was adapted for BBC television once already in 1981 and had a big-screen version in 1962). We have The Prisoner, Survivors, and now Day of the Triffids. Both Survivors and Triffids deal with the theme of a post-apocalyptic world.

I'm not sure if Triffids was the first story to use the post-apocalyptic genre, but it's certainly one of the most popular. The book itself is a combination of the movies The Happening (where plants attack humanity) and Blindness (where most of humanity is rendered blind).

The anti-Soviet themes of the book won't be applicable in these times, but I'm sure the flesh-eating Triffids will have other, more modern analogies.

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Jason Priestly says he "did his time" on 90210

by Kona Gallagher, posted Jul 14th 2008 3:03PM
Jason PriestleyDon't expect to see Brandon Walsh hanging out with the rest of the gang at The Peach Pit when the new 90210 debuts this fall. Jason Priestly, who played Brandon throughout 90210's original incarnation has revealed that he has in fact been approached by CW execs about reprising his role--but that he has turned them down.

Priestley, who is currently promoting a one episode directing stint on The Secret Life of the American Teenager, seems to be more interested in taking a seat behind the camera than donning his acid-washed jeans in front of it. While Walsh appeared in nearly 250 episodes of the teen soap, he also directed 18 of them. Despite turning down the CW's original offer, he seems quite interested in taking a seat on the director's chair.

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Is Shannen Doherty really coming to the new 90210?

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 2nd 2008 10:38AM
Shannen D 90210The new 90210 has yet to air but it's already created a tremendous amount of buzz. The return of actresses Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth from the original series has made news, as well as Luke Perry's words that he won't be coming back and Jason Priestley letting the world know he'd be available to direct.

But what about Brenda?

Well, in his new perch at Entertainment Weekly, Michael Ausiello reports that his sources -- producers Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah -- have confirmed that Miss Shannen Doherty is in formal talks to join 90210 in her original role, Brenda Walsh.

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Welcome back to 90210 ... except you, Shannon

by Brad Trechak, posted May 24th 2008 11:01AM
Lori LaughlinActress Lori Laughlin believes that any cast reunion that takes place on 90210 will most certainly not include Shannen Doherty. In the OK Magazine article, the actress is quoted as saying "I don't think anyone wants to touch that."

Doherty has a history of rancor between herself and the cast and crew around her. She left Beverly Hills 90210 after four years, and the departure was pretty acrimonious. When she later joined the cast of Charmed (also produced by Aaron Spelling), she left after three years due to supposed problems with her co-star Alyssa Milano.

On the other hand, according to Laughlin, the door is still open for other cast members such as Luke Perry and Jason Priestley. Tori Spelling is already reported to be appearing in the pilot.
Nothing makes a spin-off official like having original cast members in it. It seems a shame that Shannen Doherty keeps shooting herself in the foot like this.

[via TVTattle]

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Jason Priestley says no to dancing, maybe to 90210

by Allison Waldman, posted May 5th 2008 1:04PM
Jason PriestleyThe new Beverly Hills 90210 is busy casting and coming together, but it doesn't seem like any of the stars from the original Fox hit will be involved. Don't look for Brandon Walsh among the characters, at least not with the man who created him. Jason Priestley admits that nobody from the new 90210 has even contacted him about an appearance. In a brief interview with momlogic.com, Jason said, "I'm certainly open to it. I loved working on that show. I loved everything I did on that show. I had so many jobs on that show, I loved it so."

On the other hand, Priestley makes it abundantly clear that he has no interest in following in the dancing footsteps of two of his 90210 castmates, Ian Ziering and Jennie Garth, by joining Dancing With the Stars. He just can't dance and he makes no bones about his inability to do a Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly turn. His hobby is on the race track, not the dance floor.

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