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Kelsey Grammer Returning to '30 Rock,' Megan Mullally Books 'Up All Night' & More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 14th 2011 7:30PM
Kelsey Grammer 30 RockThe Best Friends Gang is getting back together on '30 Rock.'

According to TV Guide, 'Boss' star Kelsey Grammer will return to '30 Rock' and reunite with Kenneth and Jenna for a scam. Grammer previously guest starred as himself in the Season 5 episode 'Reaganing.' In the Season 5 episode, the trio scammed Carvel.

The Season 6 episode will feature a bigger scam, Grammer told TV Guide. Look for the former 'Frasier' star to pants Pete (Scott Adsit).

In other casting news ...

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Finding New Homes for the Stars of Fall 2011's Canceled Shows

by AOL TV Staff, posted Oct 12th 2011 1:00PM
Canceled Shows 2011Look out! The post-premiere-season cancellation axe is swinging, and no star is safe. So far, four shows have fallen -- taking with them everyone from Kathryn Hahn ('Free Agents') to Johnny Drama ('How to Be a Gentleman') -- and more are sure to follow.

But there's no reason one bad project should banish '24' veteran Mary Lynn Rajskub or 'Flight of the Conchords' genius Rhys Darby from our TV screens -- or, perhaps worse, relegate them to one-off-guest-star obscurity.

To remedy this situation, AOL TV has some free advice for casting directors: together, we can find new homes for the undeserving victims of fall 2011.

Check out the gallery below, and tell us if you agree with our choices.

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Meet the Fresh Faces of Fall TV

by AOL TV Staff, posted Sep 2nd 2011 1:00PM
Sure there are plenty of big stars coming to TV this fall, but there are also some lesser-known names to look out for.

There's a talented and sassy bunny from 'The Playboy Club,' a British TV host we'll all be swooning over, a 'Charlie's Angels' vixen you'll love to see in action and a reality TV star-turned-dramatic leading man.



There are also a few new additions to returning shows we love, like the familiar face that's stopping by 'Glee' to romance Mercedes, and the sexy brunette who'll be pulling double-duty on Fox this fall with a turn on 'House.'

See all of our picks for freshest faces of Fall TV, and go ahead and commit their names and faces to memory, if you haven't already -- we guarantee this won't be the last you'll see of them.

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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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TV Casting: Christopher Lloyd to Play Mind Games With 'Chuck'

by Andrew Scott, posted Feb 9th 2010 10:36AM
Christopher LloydGet psyched, 'Chuck' fans: According to reports, actor Christopher Lloyd ('Back to the Future') will guest on an upcoming episode, playing a therapist who helps Chuck (Zachary Levi) weather the stress of his job. Reportedly, Lloyd's character will have a "huge influence" on Chuck when he shows up during episode 16. So does this mean we're in for time travel? [Auisello Files]

More casting news after the jump.

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Eli Stone: Pilot (series premiere)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 1st 2008 12:46PM
Eli Stone(S01E01) "Oh, Did I mention I recently found out I could be a prophet? Yeah, I was shocked too."

What better lead-in could a show about a guy who may be a prophet having visions of the future (or may just be plain crazy) want than the season premiere of Lost? And in this strike-stripped era of reality television and reruns, any new scripted fare is bound to draw the reddened eyes of those sad and pathetic little viewers asking themselves why oh why did they watch the entire season of Crowned.

But while I went into it expecting something different and interesting, I instead found a fairly standard legal drama with a gimmick. Sure, you could argue that Pushing Daisies is nothing more than a standard mystery show with a gimmick, but the characters and charm of Daisies can win out over that. So far, Eli is missing that ingredient.

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