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'Boss' Behind-the-Scenes Preview & Interviews, Plus a Big Giveaway

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 25th 2011 4:35PM
Jeff Hephner as Ben Zajac, 'Boss'What did you think of Kelsey Grammer's new drama 'Boss' (Fridays, 10PM ET on Starz)? The pilot episode laid out Mayor Tom Kane's major dilemma for the series, but it also introduced several other intriguing players in the political landscape of Chicago.

In this behind-the-scenes video, creator Farhad Safinia and stars Kathleen Robertson (Kitty O'Neil) and Jeff Hephner (Ben Zajac) give insight into the Zajac's character and motivation as he becomes the Kane-endorsed candidate for governor.

"I think Zajac is a bright guy, and I think he has the same DNA, in a way, that makes up a guy like Kane," Hephner says. "It's important for him to try to reconcile how deep he gets into bed with Kane," Safinia teases, "because he knows what happens to people who do. Yet, the temptation of the fast-track to winning high office is very alluring."

And then there are Zajac's dalliances, another thing he shares in common with Kane. Robertson teases more about their torrid relationship, pointing out that "she knows better ... but she can't help herself."

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Shohreh Aghdashloo Heads to 'House,' Jeff Hephner Gets New Role and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 28th 2011 4:00PM
Shohreh AghdashlooEmmy-winner and Oscar-nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo is making a 'House' call.

According to TVLine, the '24' veteran will appear in the Fox medical drama's season finale. Aghdashloo's role is being kept under wraps, but TVLine's Michael Ausiello theorizes she'll be House's new mother-in-law.

Aghdashloo recently popped up on 'Law & Order: SVU' and before that had guest roles on shows such as 'Flash Forward,' 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'ER.'

In other casting news ...

'Battlestar Galactica' veteran Katee Sackhoff has joined A&E's 'Longmire.' Sackhoff will play one of Walt Longmire's deputies. Lou Diamond Phillips, Bailey Chase and Cassidy Freeman have also joined the cast. [Deadline]

Jeff Hephner is going from 'Playboy' to 'Boss.' Hephner, who was formerly attached to star in NBC's 'Playboy,' will star opposite Kelsey Grammer in the Starz series about the mayor of Chicago. [Deadline]

Aubrey Dollar will guest star on 'The Good Wife.' The 'Women's Murder Club' star has been tapped to play a nurse Kalinda buddies up to for information. [TVLine]

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Taraji P. Henson Joins J.J. Abrams Pilot, Two Board 'Wonder Woman' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 4th 2011 11:05AM
Taraji P. Henson Joins J.J. Abrams PilotTaraji P. Henson is a 'Person of Interest.' The Oscar-nominated actress will star opposite Michael Emerson on the CBS pilot.

According to Vulture, Henson will play Carter, a detective. The J.J. Abrams-produced pilot follows an ex-CIA agent who is hired by a billionaire to help fight crime in New York City. Emerson will play the eccentric billionaire.

Henson previously appeared on 'Eli Stone' and 'Boston Legal.'

In other casting news ...

Gabrielle Union has joined the cast of 'Little in Common.' The Rob Thomas comedy follows three couples who are connected via Little League sports. Union will play a very competitive lobbyist. [Deadline]

Jean Smart will star in NBC's untitled comedy about a family of doctors. Smart will play Dr. Barbara Foote, a meddlesome mom. [Deadline]

Aidan Quinn will star in 'Prime Suspect.' Quinn will play Lt. Kenny Rowe. Maria Bello stars as Det. Jane Tennison. [TVLine]

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Tim Roth set to star in Fox pilot and other casting news

by Kristin Sample, posted Jul 1st 2008 4:19PM
Tim Roth wears Ray BansLots of casting news for Fox pilots lately. Tim Roth, who recently appeared in The Incredible Hulk, is set to star in Fox's pilot Lie to Me. The show, which is produced by 20th TV and Imagine Entertainment, follows a researcher in the field of deception detection named Cal Lightman. Roth is also currently filming King Conqueror and 44 Inch Chest.

And the casting news doesn't end there. The CW made some announcements too. Brian Hallisay, who has appeared in Bones and Bionic Woman, will co-star in the CW's new drama called Privileged. The show is about Megan (played by Joanna Garcia), a woman who is hired to be a life coach for a pair of rich 16-year-old twins in Florida.

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