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Anjelica Huston has signed on for NBC's musical drama 'Smash.' According to Entertainment Weekly, Huston will play a "shrewd, dry, smart, cynical New York City theatre producer."
The show is based on an idea from Steven Spielberg and follows the creation of a Broadway show from the early stages to opening night.
Debra Messing, Katherine McPhee and Jack Davenport also headline the cast.
Huston was last seen on TV doing a guest arc on 'Medium.'
In other casting news ...
• Oscar-winner Marcia Gay Harden will star in ABC's 'Smothered.' Harden will star as the overbearing mother of Zach, Kyle Howard's character. [Deadline]
• Chris Egan has been cast as a young, hot 'Poe.' The 'Kings' star will play the title role in ABC's period-drama about Edgar Allan Poe as a detective. [TVLine]
• 'Greek' star Andrew J. West has signed to star opposite Jean Smart in NBC's untitled Dan Goor pilot. West will play Adam, a doctor who joins his family's medical practice. [Deadline]
Casting Roundup: Marcia Gay Harden Returns to 'Law and Order: SVU,' Jack Black Coming to 'iCarly' and More
Harden will play Dana Lewis in the eighth episode of this season. The character first appeared in 2005, and Harden received an Emmy nomination for a guest spot on the series in 2007. The character was last seen in season 8.
Harden has appeared on a handful of episodes of USA Network's 'Royal Pains.' [TV Guide]
In other casting news ...
• Jack Black has signed on to appear in an episode of Nickelodeon's 'iCarly.' The funnyman has been tapped to play Jeremy's video game nemesis Aspartamay. The two will meet at the show's fictional convention, Webicon. 'iCarly' star Miranda Cosgrove appeared in Black's 2003 flick 'School of Rock.' [Ausiello Files]
• General Lane and Lucy are heading back to 'Smallville.' Michael Ironside and Peyton List are set to reprise their respective roles in an October episode of the hit series. The two characters were both last seen in separate episodes in season 4. [TV Guide]
The Ausiello Files reports that Harden will appear in several episodes of the dramedy, playing Dr. Elizabeth Blair, surgeon and board member of the Hamptons Heritage Hospital where Dr. Jill Casey (Jill Flint) works. Dr. Blair will at first butt heads with Dr. Casey, before eventually becoming her mentor.
Harden's first appearance on the show will be in the 'Royal Pains' season two premiere, on June 3.
(S02E13) "I've been having one helluva shitty month and someone is gonna pay." - Patty
Another great ending to another great season of television. The general consensus seems to be that season two of Damages far outpaced season one. They were pretty tied up for me - that was, until last night's finale. Just like the first season, by the time we got to the end, we'd already seen most of the episode because of all the flashbacks. Same goes this time around - season two's flash-forwards provided us with a pretty solid sense of what to expect. The beauty of Damages is that there was still about 20 minutes worth of plot holes that needed filling. Seeing it all play out, in order, was phenomenal.
Damages has lived up to the hype. After a jaw-dropping debut season that garnered Glenn Close an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her turn as Patty Hewes, the FX legal drama roared back in January amid speculation regarding whether or not the unique storytelling techniques used in season one could be re-created again. The result? Eight episodes into the new season and Damages is as thrilling as ever.
However, after learning that Patty is indeed the person being held at gunpoint in last week's final moments, it proved one thing - Patty isn't the only one in the hot seat. The creative team behind Damages should be sweating too.
(S02E01) "Actually, I take that back. You should be scared. You should be terrified." - Ellen
Payback's a bitch, ain't it? Not if you're Ellen Parsons - then it's a slow, methodical, patience-testing process where it apparently takes six months before you get to shoot a gun. And thus begins the second chapter in the twisted law legacy of Ellen Parsons. After one episode, David Connor's killer is no longer the issue at the top of everyone's mind.
The law/crime genre is a tired and used television landscape. In an era where almost every channel has been saturated with no less than four Law & Order's, three CSI's, and countless other attempts - some good, some bad - it reached a point where it seemed as though we'd seen it all. Then FX premiered Damages back in July 2007 and everything changed. Fast-forward over a year later, add in three history-making Emmy wins, a Golden Globe, and one lingering question remains - how can they possibly re-create the tense past-meets-present plot device that made season one so unique and memorable?
A few days ago I mentioned that both Nip/Tuck and Damages were returning after the New Year, but no premiere dates were known yet. However, FX has now announced that the highly anticipated second season of the Glenn Close legal thriller will make its sophomore debut on Wednesday, January 7th at 10PM. The network has been running ads for Nip/Tuck for a few weeks now, but this past weekend they released the first of what I'm sure will be many new promos for Damages. I've got a bit of an issue with it though.
- They are ordering an additional 19 episodes of Nip/Tuck. The show will be end its run in early 2011 with an even 100 episodes. Show-runner Ryan Murphy wil stay through the end of the run.
- Michael J. Fox will appear on a four episode arc of Rescue Me next season. He'll play Janet Gavin's new boyfriend, who is confined to a wheelchair.
- Oscar-winner Marcia Gay Harden will be a regular on second season of Damages.
- The network has ordered 39 more episodes of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. This is in addition to 13 currently being produced for the upcoming season.
- They are ordering 13 episode of new comedy series Testees, created by Kenny Hotz (South Park - Kenny vs Spenny). Its about two friends in their early 30's who earn living as medical guinea pigs.
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