According to Deadline Hollywood, Purcell has been vacationing in Australia and taped a test and sent it along to the producers the same day Starz chief Chris Albrecht spoke to reporters at TCA.
Besides Purcell, Australian actor Liam McIntyre is still in the running for the role previously held by Andy Whitfield. Purcell's 'Prison Break' costar Wentworth Miller has also expressed interest in the role.
In other casting news ...
• Nick Stahl has joined the cast of 'Locke & Key.' The Fox pilot, based on Joe Hill's comic book, follows Nina Locke (Miranda Otto) and her three children after they move to her deceased husband's family home. Stahl will play Duncan, Nina's art teacher brother-in-law. [Deadline Hollywood]
• Tilky Montgomery Jones has joined the cast of 'Pretty Little Liars.' Jones will play Logan Reed in the first season finale. [Zap2It]
Listen up, DWTS producers. Season nine is just around the corner, and Alan Alda is probably waiting by the phone. (...In our wildest dreams, that is.)
But then something happened: the episode got funny. Not peak-level Scrubs funny, not even peak-level season seven funny. But it at least gave me hope that Bill Lawrence and his gang have enough in the tank to give us another twenty or so episodes (between what's left this season and what they'll likely shoot for ABC next year) and not make me want to stick a fork in my eye or, worse yet, turn the show off altogether.
You would probably end up with something like this skit from MADtv, which is particularly humorous and pretty much on target. And that's coming from someone who is a casual viewer of both series. It has all of the elements you would find in both medical dramas. From the Grey's side you have the schmaltzy soap-opera and characters that only think of themselves. While on the House side you have the caustic, arrogant doctor himself who thinks his own fecal matter doesn't have an aroma.
Michael McDonald portrays House in this skit. Even though he really didn't get the character's voice down he has all of the mannerisms that Hugh Laurie portrays on the actual show. This is the second MADtv skit where I've seen McDonald really nail the character he's playing. The first one was when he portrayed the Danny Tripp character on MADtv's send-up of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. The other actor who really did a fine job was Bobby Lee, who portrayed the Sandra Oh character. My Lord, those two could be twins!
And, to dispel rumors that comedy doesn't teach us anything, this sketch reveals that their is a hierarchy of guys whose nicknames begin with 'Mc' that are needed to be bedded down in order to reach McSupremy, who apparently lives in a castle in France. So, know you know. Video after the jump.
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