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'ER' Star Scrubs in for 'A Gifted Man,' 'I Hate My Teenage Daughter' Grabs Sexy 'Chuck' Actor & More TV Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 7th 2011 4:00PM
Eriq La Salle'ER' star Eriq La Salle has booked a recurring role on 'A Gifted Man.'

According to the Hollywood Reporter, La Salle will play Evan Morrison, a physician who treats people with emotional and behavioral problems. He'll appear in at least four episodes and may direct one episode of the new CBS drama.

The role reunites La Salle and former 'ER' executive producer Neal Baer.

"I have very fond memories of our time together on 'ER' and look forward to having Eriq portray another unforgettable character on 'A Gifted Man,'" Baer told THR.

'A Gifted Man' premieres Fri., Sept. 23, 8PM on CBS.

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'Chuck' Season 5 First Look: New Cast Photos

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 7th 2011 10:20AM
Chuck Season 5 One minor annoyance related to coverage of 'Chuck': The cast photos on NBC's press site for the show were put there three seasons ago.

It's not a huge issue, obviously, but so much has happened on the spy dramedy since season 2. Morgan not only knows Chuck's spy secrets, he has the Intersect! Chuck and Sarah are not only in love, but married, for goodness' sake! Huge changes have occurred in the lives of our Buy More pals, yet the photos remained the same. That old shot of Chuck wearing a Buy More badge and a pocket protector just didn't look right when you'd go to grab an image for one of the show's game-changing season finales.

But that's all changed now. NBC just posted a swell new group of 'Chuck' portraits, and doesn't everybody look suave?

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Fall TV's Biggest and Best Guest Stars

by AOL TV Staff, posted Sep 6th 2011 2:00PM
Ray Romano, Charisma Carpenter, Seth RogenWhile some shows have lured famous movie stars into leading roles, other shows are taking a more temporary approach this fall with big-name guest stars booked for short-term stints on the small screen.

Fall TV will host several major reunions that you definitely won't want to miss. Terry O'Quinn will head back to the island for a stint alongside former 'Lost' costar Daniel Dae Kim on 'Hawaii Five-0,' while Ray and Debra are back together (sort of) when Ray Romano stops by 'The Middle' to visit his former 'Everybody Loves Raymond' costar Patricia Heaton. And let's not forget 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' alums Charisma Carpenter and James Marsters playing a married couple on an episode of 'Supernatural' this season.

Wanna know who else is heading to TV this fall? Check out some more of the biggest and best guest stars, including 'The Wire' alum Michael K. Williams (Omar!), Oscar-nominated actress Patricia Clarkson and crooner Josh Groban in AOL TV's fall guest star gallery.

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'Chuck' Casts 'The Office' Vet, T.I. Gets a Reality Show and More TV Casting News

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 31st 2011 7:00PM
David Koechner'Chuck' is going out with a bang.

While AOL TV brought to you exclusively last night that 'Community' star Danny Pudi will guest star on an episode of the NBC hit's final season, TVLine is reporting that 'Chuck' is adding a few more famous faces.

David Koechner, also known as 'The Office''s Packer, will guest star as a Buy More manager named Crazy Bob during a company convention that Chuck and Sarah attend. 'The Shield' star Catherine Dent will also hit up the convention as one of Bob's close friends.

'Chuck' returns to NBC Oct. 21 in its new Friday at 8PM ET time slot.

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EXCLUSIVE: 'Community' Star To Stop by 'Chuck'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Aug 30th 2011 9:45PM
'Community' plus 'Chuck'? Talk about a match made in TV heaven.

We can exclusively reveal that Danny Pudi, 'Community's' Abed, will have a cameo role in the fifth episode of the upcoming season of 'Chuck.' The details of his role are still under wraps, but really, what more do you need to know? Pudi is a very funny man and 'Chuck' will no doubt pull out all the stops to make sure his time in the spy world will be, in a word, awesome.

Of course, Pudi fans will recall that he made an appearance on 'Cougar Town' last season after Abed talked about the ABC comedy on 'Community.'

'Chuck' doesn't return with its final season until Oct. 21, but so far it's sounding like it'll be worth the wait.

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Mark Hamill Spills 'Chuck' Cameo Details, Talks All About Playing Bad Guys

by Maggie Furlong, posted Aug 29th 2011 7:00PM
Mark HamillMark Hamill made a career for himself playing Luke Skywalker in the 'Star Wars' franchise, but he's since made his career doing just about everything else, including playing quite a few anti-Skywalker bad guys ("I love Luke, don't get me wrong," he said with a laugh).

When the 'Chuck' cast announced at Comic-Con that Hamill was the latest awesome guest star popping by the show to play villain for their final season (premieres Fri., Oct. 21, 8PM ET on NBC), the crowds geeked out as their universes collided.

But we knew very little about the bad guy he's playing ... until now. I caught up with Hamill to hear all about his James Bond-style cameo (including some details he probably shouldn't have mentioned -- mild spoilers ahead!) and whether or not he'll be returning for more than just "one scene."

He also talked about his voice work as The Joker, first in animation and now in hit video games Arkham Asylum and the upcoming Arkham City. I even got him to say a line in the Joker's voice -- don't you kind of wish this was a video interview?

Keep reading for more 'Chuck' talk and bad guy banter with the one and only Mark Hamill.

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'Chuck' Check-In: A Jeffster Jailbreak? A Casey Romance? An 'Office' Temp Job?

by Maureen Ryan, posted Aug 2nd 2011 4:30PM
At an NBC party at TCA press tour on Monday, I ran into 'Chuck' executive producer Chris Fedak, who talked about a couple of big things that'll be happening in the NBC spy show's final season.

There's the casting of 'Matrix' star Carrie-Anne Moss in a multi-episode arc as Gertrude Verbanski, the head of a private espionage agency that competes with Chuck's new firm. A woman as tough, competitive and weapons-obsessed as Gertrude naturally appeals to John Casey.

"What we wanted to do this season is really kind of open up [Casey] to a new romantic relationship, and we thought we needed someone as badass as him," Fedak said. "Carrie-Anne seemed like the perfect fit."

But during the final season, there trouble among the Buy More staff -- Jeff and Lester, otherwise known as the not-quite-legendary rock band Jeffster, hit a rough patch in their relationship, and I learned that one of them even goes to jail. But could an 'Office' gig be in Jeffster's future? It's a long shot, but if it happens, it could be one of the funnest crossovers of the season.

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Carrie-Anne Moss Brings Her 'Matrix' Pedigree to 'Chuck'

by Alex Moaba, posted Jul 30th 2011 2:35PM
Trinity is coming to 'Chuck.' Well, not exactly, but 'Matrix' actress Carrie-Anne Moss will be joining the fifth and final season of NBC's hit spy comedy in a recurring role, according to a report in TVLine.

Moss will play Gertrude Verbanski, a deadly owner of a private spy firm that's in competition with Chuck and Sarah's new operation. TVLine reports that Moss's character will be a romantic foil and rival to John Casey, and that casting breakdowns describe her as "Miranda Priestly meets Lara Croft, with a rather wicked sense of humor."

Moss joins a pantheon of sci-fi legends 'Chuck' has been able to recruit as guest stars. Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in 'Star Wars,' signed on for the Season 5 premiere earlier this week. Other luminaries have included as James Bond (Timothy Dalton), Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), Superman (Brandon Routh), Dr. Sam Beckett (Scott Bakula) and Number Six (Tricia Helfer).

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Craig Kilborn Joins Mark Hamill on the 'Chuck' Season 5 Premiere

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jul 29th 2011 7:30AM
Craig KilbornAs it gears up for its fifth and final season, spy caper 'Chuck' keeps adding to its impressive guest star roster.

Hot on the heels of signing 'Star Wars' legend Luke Skywalker Mark Hamill to appear as a baddie, it's been announced that Craig Kilborn will also be guest-starring as a villain.

According to TVLine, Kilborn will be feeling the force alongside Hamill in the Season 5 premiere.

He'll play Roger Bale, a charming yet conniving investor who's stolen money from some of the world's most dangerous people. Oh, and it turns out that Roger's rather dangerous himself.

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Comic-Con 2011 Wrap-Up: The Stars Share Their Love for All Things Con (VIDEO)

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jul 24th 2011 6:40PM
San Diego Comic-Con InternationalComic-Con is sweaty, smelly, crowded, crazy, devoid of anything actually edible and a complete whirlwind for all involved. But truly, Comic-Con is nothing if not an epic celebration of fandom.

Need proof: Four-day badges with special preview night access sold out for this year's Con before last year's Con had even ended. With over 100,000 people in attendance, it's grown by leaps and bounds since the first incarnation in 1970.

This year, we covered the Con like no one else, bringing you video interviews with the stars of your favorites shows, recaps and highlights from all the hottest panels and up-to-the-minute breaking news on casting and TV scoop.

As our last hurrah after a long four days in San Diego, here's our Comic-Con 2011 "best of," with scenes from the convention floor and plenty of awesome costumes, plus sincere thanks to fans and hilarious Comic-Con stories from the stars.

"Anywhere you can see like a Wolverine crying or like a Jabba the Hut trying to catch its breath ... people dressed up as things that are like invincible or extremely powerful, but like, 'Yeah, can I have two Starbucks?' is the funniest thing to me," 'Community' star Donald Glover said.

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Comic-Con Q&A: 'Chuck' Panel Highlights & Cast Interviews on Final Season (VIDEO)

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jul 23rd 2011 7:40PM
Near the start of the 'Chuck' panel at Comic-Con, we learned that Mark Hamill will be guesting on the show, and the hourlong session ended in tears -- but they were the good kind.

Star Zachary Levi got choked up on stage as he recalled the show's first Comic-Con panel and as he talked about all that fans had done to keep the show alive for five seasons.

"This show would not have been here without you guys," he said, before his emotions overcame him and he stopped talking. Fans took up the slack by cheering and clapping.

The panel began with a video of Jeffster playing 'Eye of the Tiger' as Gomez did a 'Rocky'-style workout. Morgan is the new Intersect, after all, and as Ryan McPartlin said in the video, the former Buy More nerd has to be "ripped" for the new season.

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Comic-Con 2011: 'Chuck' Panel Exclusive 'Morgan vs. The Intersect' (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jul 23rd 2011 1:55PM
Today in San Diego, it was another fine showing for the 'Chuck' cast versus Comic-Con. These people own the Con, and they always prepare something extra special for their fans.

Last year, it was an epic Jeffster performance, with the two Buy More musicians going Gaga to 'Bad Romance,' and the year before that they rocked the crowd with a little 'Fat Bottom Girls' (long before 'Glee' tackled it, mind you).

This year, the crowd gave the cast and producers a huge standing ovation, but it wasn't for any one stunt in particular -- sadly, with 'Chuck''s final season approaching (premieres Fri., Oct. 21, 10PM ET on NBC), this will be their last Comic-Con all together. It was a very touching moment, and star Zachary Levi teared up a bit as he thanked the fans.

But it wasn't all emotional, of course. After the jump check out a little Comic-Con exclusive they prepared called 'Morgan vs. The Intersect,' where Josh Gomez and Ryan McPartlin try to convince executive producer Chris Fedak that Morgan really could be the intersect.

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'Chuck' Star Zachary Levi Talks Nerd HQ: A More Intimate Alternative to Comic-Con

by Laura Prudom, posted Jul 20th 2011 6:40PM
Zachary Levi sporting Nerd Machine apparelStarting today, thousands of fans, celebrities, industry executives and journalists will make the annual pilgrimage to San Diego for Comic-Con International, a five-day festival of all that is geeky and fantastical.

For some, it's a chance to meet their favorite TV and movie stars, for others, it's to test out the latest video games, while plenty go just to get their hands on the newest comics, merchandise and free swag from studios. What they'd all likely agree on, though, is that with over 120,000 attendees, Comic-Con can be more than a little overwhelming.

Enter Zachary Levi, star of NBC's 'Chuck' and holder of some indisputable geek credibility. Levi is right alongside Nathan Fillion and Joss Whedon in terms of commanding a loyal nerd army, eager to follow him from project to project. Having experienced Comic-Con as both an entertainer and a fan, Levi found himself wondering if he could do something to improve the San Diego experience for the people it was supposedly designed for -- to allow fans and the people that they're fans of to interact in a more intimate, low-key setting, while still enjoying the same mecca of merchandise, video games and comic books they've come to know and love from Comic-Con.

Thus, the Nerd HQ was born -- viva la Nerdolution!

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Comic-Con Plans for 'Supernatural,' 'Fringe,' 'True Blood' and 'Chuck' Announced

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 21st 2011 3:15PM
The Winchesters have hit the big time.

Warner Bros. TV, the studio that makes the CW show, announced that 'Supernatural' would make its first-ever appearance in Hall H, San Diego Comic-Con's biggest venue, on July 24.

This year Comic-Con takes place from July 21-24, and dozens of shows from many networks will have panels at the annual nerdfest. 'Chuck' will occupy its usual Saturday morning slot in Ballroom 20, which will also host appearances from the casts and creators of 'The Big Bang Theory,' 'The Vampire Diaries,' 'Fringe' and 'Alcatraz,' the new Fox series co-created by 'Lost' veterans J.J. Abrams and Elizabeth Sarnoff.

For more details on various shows going to Comic-Con -- including 'True Blood, 'Game of Thrones' and 'Mythbusters' -- read on.

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Talking TV Podcast Takes On 'HIMYM,' 'Chuck,' 'Smallville,' 'Good Wife' and Upfronts

by Maureen Ryan, posted May 18th 2011 3:00PM
It's been a busy week in TV land, so it may not surprise you to learn that we recorded two, count 'em, two Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan podcasts on Tuesday.

In the first one, Ryan McGee and I take on the season finales for 'Chuck' (which I wrote about here), 'How I Met Your Mother' and 'The Good Wife' (which I wrote about here). We also discussed the series finale of 'Smallville.'

In the second podcast, we discussed some good and bad trends emerging from Upfronts Week, which is when the broadcast networks announce what they'll be airing in the fall and offer clips from many of their new shows.

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