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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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Mary Lynn Rajskub Says CBS Made Her Be Sexy on 'The Late Late Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 28th 2011 3:45AM
Mary Lynn Rajskub, 'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson'When Mary Lynn Rajskub came onto the set for her appearance on 'The Late Late Show' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS), she was looking fabulous. Craig Ferguson certainly appreciated her new look, but asked her what happened.

When she was evasive as to why she was so sexy tonight, he asked if it was CBS's doing.

"CBS told me I need to be hot as hell and a basket of b****iness," she said with a straight face. She went on to describe the network trying to force her to show her chest before she came out.

It looked like the audience was about to boo the network, so she had to quickly tell them she was joking. Even if they had, Ferguson was quick to point out that it hadn't worked.

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Benjamin Bratt Joins 'Private Practice,' Dominic Purcell Heads to 'Castle' and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 21st 2011 11:00AM
Benjamin BrattBenjamin Bratt is returning to TV with a role on ABC's 'Private Practice.' The 'Law & Order' veteran will be a series regular on the medical drama.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Bratt will appear in the season 4 finale before joining the cast as a regular in season 5. Details about Bratt's role are being kept under tight wraps.

Bratt is just the latest cast change to the 'Grey's Anatomy' spinoff. Audra McDonald will leave the show after this season and Brian Benben and Caterina Scorsone were upped to series regulars.

In other casting news ...

Heather Locklear has joined the cast of CBS's pilot 'The Assistants.' Locklear will play one part of a celebrity couple who has a crack team of assistants to look out for their every whim. [Entertainment Weekly]

Michelle Trachtenberg will star in CBS's untitled comedy pilot about a venture capital firm. The 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' veteran will play a mail room clerk who gets promoted to junior associate. [EW]

Dominic Purcell is heading to 'Castle.' The 'Prison Break' veteran will play a Hollywood businessman who may have a connection to a murder. [TVLine]

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Cousin Mike Returns With a Wife And Three Brother-Husbands on 'Raising Hope' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 9th 2011 1:20AM
'Raising Hope' - 'The Cultish Personality'There's one in every family. That family member who's just not wired like the rest of you. The one who marches to his own drummer. Or maybe the one who falls into a strange religious cult and winds up one of four husbands to that chick from '24.' That's what happened to Cousin Mike on 'Raising Hope' (Tue., 9PM ET on FOX).

Not seen since the pilot, Mike returned in an RV with another new addition ... or four. It was a fun bit of continuity for long-time fans of the show, as Mike was quickly written out after that first episode, and the show hasn't looked back.

Mary Lynn Rasjkub was vastly underused as Mike's wife -- actually, the husbands were under-used as well -- in an otherwise quirky episode, even by 'Hope's already bizarre standards. Still, just the idea of that five-way marriage has our brains all tied in a knot. Quite frankly, we're afraid to untie it.

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Casting Roundup: 'Rules of Engagement' Books Sara Rue and Joan Collins, Robert Patrick Heads to 'Big Love' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 6th 2010 4:00PM
Sara RueSara Rue is heading back to TV -- aside from those Jenny Craig commercials, that is.

The 'Less Than Perfect' and 'Popular' star has booked a recurring role on 'Rules of Engagement' as Brenda, the surrogate mother for Jeff (Patrick Warburton) and Audrey (Megyn Price).

Deadline Hollywood also reports that 'Dynasty' veteran Joan Collins will pop up this November as Bunny, Russell's (David Spade) mom.

In other casting news ...

Mary Lynn Rajskub is heading to 'Modern Family.' Rajskub will play Mitchell's ex-girlfriend from his closeted days. [TV Guide]

Robert Patrick has been tapped to join HBO's 'Big Love.' Patrick will play Bud Mayberry, the leader of a fringe polygamist group. [Ausiello Files]

'Sopranos' star Drea de Matteo will play Will Arnett's stepmother on 'Running Wilde.' Look for the actress to pop up as Didi next month. The role is potentially recurring. [Ausiello Files]

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Mary Lynn Rajskub on the End of '24,' Being a Mom and Her Stage Show

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 27th 2010 12:02PM
Mary Lynn RajskubWhen I spoke to Mary Lynn Rajskub last month, my originally scheduled interview time was pushed back a day because her publicist forgot that it was her birthday. So the publicist decided to give her a "day off," which she used to hang out with her husband and 23-month-old son.

It's the kind of birthday celebration she probably never imagined she'd have when she was in her twenties. "When I was younger, you used to look at your parents and be like, 'Why don't they want to go out?'" she said. "Now I realize, oh, it's not because they're boring, it's because once you're a parent, the best time is when you're just at home, the kid's asleep. That's an exciting night out. Why would I go anywhere?"

Parenthood is on the mind of Rajskub, who just wrapped up her run as CTU tech Chloe O'Brian on '24.' She's gone back to her comedy roots, starring in 'Mary Lynn Spreads Her Legs' at the Steve Allen Theater in Los Angeles, which runs through August. In the very personal stage show, Rajskub talks about getting pregnant and the difficulty of being a new mother.

We talked about the show, how the character of Chloe developed, and why it's tough for her to get jobs. But first, I wanted to know what she used to do on her birthday before becoming a mom.

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Mary Lynn Rajskub Talks Emotional '24' Finale (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted May 24th 2010 5:02PM
Mary Lynn RajskubMary Lynn Rajskub, known to many as Chloe on '24,' got a little emotional on 'Rachael Ray' (weekdays, syndicated). The actress was recounting her last day of shooting on the action series and teared up.

"There were a lot of practical jokes going on and people just sort of looking in each others' eyes, a lot of hugging," Rajskub said about the last day of shooting. "When it was my last scene, I don't know what I was expecting, I wasn't thinking about it, but then [they said] 'It's a series wrap on Mary Lynn,' and I just looked around at this crew that I've been working with and I just burst into tears."

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Torture on '24' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted May 11th 2010 2:35AM
Torture on '24'How far is too far, if you're a special agent? On '24' (Mon., 9PM ET on Fox), Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) goes all out to catch a killer -- and to avenge the death of a loved one. Does his quest for vengeance get the better of him?

[Spoiler alert.]

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Mary Lynn Rajskub to Guest on 'Royal Pains'

by Chris Harnick, posted May 10th 2010 10:20AM
Mary Lynn RajskubMary Lynn Rajskub, better known to some as Chloe, one of Jack Bauer's only friends on '24,' has signed up to guest on the June 10 episode of the hit USA series 'Royal Pains,' the Ausiello Files is reporting.

In it, Rajskub will play Newberg's (Christine Ebersole) stepdaughter, who, according to her Twitter, does yoga on diet pills.

'Royal Pains' returns to USA on June 3.

Meanwhile, in other '24' news, executive producer Howard Gordon recently sat down for an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, during which he revealed that the show will have an unhappy ending. Jack (Kiefer Sutherland), for example, will be left in a "compromised place morally, ethically and emotionally," he said.

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'24' - '11:00AM - 12:00PM' Recap

by Mike Moody, posted May 4th 2010 8:09AM
24 episode recap
(S08E10) Jack hit the streets last night on a bloody mission to expose everyone responsible for his pain. Was Dana was right when she said that Jack wouldn't stop until he's hunted down and killed everyone involved in the conspiracy, 'Kill Bill' style? I'm starting to think the answer is yes.

To echo Jane's review from last week ... I'm really starting to enjoy '24' again. This episode and last week's ep were quite awesome. I didn't like seeing Renee die a few weeks back, but her death seems to have given Jack and the show a much clearer focus and a sharper edge.

I'm loving watching Charles Logan pull the president's strings like a weasely little puppeteer. Can we all just agree that Prez Taylor has completely lost her marbles? I think we all knew she was in for a big fall once she got in bed with Logan. Ethan Kanin had the right idea getting out while the gettin' was good. Torture, lies, terrorism. He doesn't want to be connected to that awful mess.

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'24' - '10:00AM - 11:00AM' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 27th 2010 8:31AM
24, Cherry Jones(S08E19) "I just want the people who are responsible for this to be held accountable. All I need to do is expose them." - Jack to Chloe

Jane here, filling in for Mike. I was actually reviewing '24' at the beginning of the season, but found the storyline so preposterous that Mike graciously agreed to take it off my hands.

Somewhere between then and now, the show has gotten much better -- more interesting and less ridiculous. In fact, last week, my nephew emailed me and said the show's gotten better lately, especially with the return of Charles Logan. I wholeheartedly agree. Not that Logan's any less of a weasel, but that's what I love about him.

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Everyone Is Chasing Jack on '24' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 27th 2010 3:15AM
Everyone Is Chasing Jack on '24'The clock is ticking down on '24' (Mon., 9PM ET on Fox) as the show nears the end of its final season. The pressure is intensifying. Now, everyone is after Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) -- even members of his own team.

Watch the video after the jump.

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'24' - '7:00 AM - 8:00 AM' Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 6th 2010 10:29AM
24 7am - 8 am recao
(S08E16) The second hour of Fox's '24' double-bill kicked off with the hunt for the CTU mole. This was probably the stronger episode of the two that aired last night, considering the shocking development that ended the hour. This season still feels like its rehashing old plots and twists, but a few of tonight's scenes and images will probably be burned into the memories of fans for some time to come.

Head after the jump for the spoils.

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'24' - '6:00 AM - 7:00 AM' Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 6th 2010 10:02AM
'24' - '5:00 AM - 6:00 AM' Recap
(S08E15) The sun finally came up over Jack Bauer and crew last night on '24'. And with it came the first of two exciting if ultimately empty-feeling hours of the veteran real-time drama.

I use the word empty to describe these episodes because I'm no longer very invested in the story. '24' lost me a few weeks ago, even before Dana so inelegantly stuffed Stephen Root's dead body behind a CTU wall panel. Like I typed last week, the twists feel cheap, the stakes arbitrary, and the real-time gimmick has gotten stale.

At this point I'm mostly watching for the tightly edited procedural elements, the action scenes, and Kiefer Sutherland's sturdy performance. That stuff is solid -- so solid that it almost makes up for the lack of compelling drama and the unbelievable plot developments this season.

Head after the jump for spoilers, and remember to check out our recap of the next hour when it goes live.

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'24' Canceled

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 26th 2010 8:05PM
24There's been a lot of talk lately about whether or not FOX would renew '24' for another year or if NBC could pick up the show if FOX didn't want it. Now here's the answer to at least the first of those questions: '24' has been canceled.

Star Mary Lynn Rajskub announced on Twitter that this is the last season of the long-running show. No word yet on if NBC still wants the show or if FOX is still interested in the big-screen movie that they were interested in doing at one point. I'm sure we'll hear more about all of this in the coming days.

Update: NBC won't pick up the show, but they're making a big-screen film.

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