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Casting News: Larry Hagman Out of 'Dallas' Remake? Matt Dillon to Guest on 'Modern Family' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 20th 2010 11:00AM
Larry HagmanLarry Hagman is out of TNT's new 'Dallas' series? That's news to him.

Reports last week had Hagman dropped from the project, but the former 'I Dream of Jeannie' star told TV Guide he is unaware of the the negotiation halt.

"We were talking about money, but I didn't know it was going to come to a crashing halt like that," Hagman told TV Guide. "You got a scoop for whatever that's worth: Larry Hagman doesn't know what's going on!"

In November, Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray were in talks to join the TNT series. Hagman read the script and said he liked it. It features a single J.R. who hasn't changed much.

"I thought I wanted to do it, but I didn't know it had come to this," he said. "We were so close to [a deal], I didn't know there was an issue. I thought more or less we had it down, unless this is a scare tactic. But I don't need to be scared at my age.

"I'd miss playing with Patrick and Linda, that's for sure, because we're all buddies," he said.

In other casting news ...

• Michaela McManus is heading to 'Hawaii Five-0.' The former 'Law & Order: SVU' assistant district attorney will play Kathleen Roberts, a district attorney who works with Grace Park's character Kono. McManus is currently recurring on 'The Vampire Diaries.' [TV Guide]

• 'So You Think You Can Dance' host Cat Deeley is coming to the Disney Channel. The host will appear on an episode of 'Shake it Up' as the school's assistant principal. [EW]

• Matt Dillon will guest star on 'Modern Family' as Claire's ex-boyfriend. Dillon will show up as the new boyfriend of Claire's mom, DeDe. [EW]

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What's the Next Big Hit for the Disney Channel?

by Rich Keller, posted Sep 10th 2010 3:20PM
'Pair of Kings,' which premieres this Friday on Disney Channel, will spend most of its time on male-oriented DisneyXD.Every few years Disney Channel encounters a conundrum with their original, scripted series that puts its executives in a tizzy. It doesn't involve ratings or writing nor the overall quality of the programs. Rather, cast members reach adulthood and leave their series, which throws the executives for a loop.

This year the network higher-ups are being hit with a double-punch. The first swing was from 'Hannah Montana Forever' star Miley Cyrus. Despite being one of the top 2 shows amongst kids and tweens, Cyrus decided to end her run on the program this season and move as far away as possible from the hand that fed her over the last few years.

The follow-up hook came from Selena Gomez, who told folks earlier this summer the next season of 'Wizards of Waverly Place' would be her last.

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Disney Picks Up New Dance-Centric Comedy 'Shake It Up!'

by Rich Keller, posted May 27th 2010 8:45AM
The teen dance-comedy 'Shake It Up!' will premiere on Disney Channel in the fallWith folks like Miley Cyrus and Selina Gomez quickly growing out of the roles that made them household names, Disney Channel is looking to fill the gaps with some new comedies. Viewers have seen one of these results already in Sunday night's 'Good Luck Charlie.' Now the cable network has greenlit a series that will mix comedy with dance.

The new show -- titled 'Shake It Up!' -- will introduce viewers to CeCe Jones and Rocky Blue, two teenage girls and best buds who become backup dancers on the popular teen dance program 'Shake It Up, Chicago.' The show will mix dancing with traditional, three-camera comedy as the girls learn the ropes, battle against the stereotypical rivals, and adjust to their new-found fame.

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