According to TVLine, Jonas will play Ryan, the absentee father of Mike Baxter's (Tim Allen) grandson. Jonas will appear in the Christmas-themed episode of the ABC comedy.
Jonas popped up on Matthew Perry's 'Mr. Sunshine' and recently filmed a guest appearance for NBC's midseason musical drama, 'Smash.'
He'll be appearing in 'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying' on Broadway starting this winter.
In other casting news ...
Kaley Cuoco to Host People's Choice Awards, Lou Diamond Phillips Books 'Southland' Role & More Casting News
"We are thrilled to welcome Kaley as the new host of People's Choice Awards 2012," Mark Burnett, executive producer, said in a statement. "She's been making people laugh on top-rated comedy series for the last decade, first with '8 Simple Rules' and now with 'The Big Bang Theory,' Thursday's #1 show. I'm looking forward to working with her on a fun-filled, comedy-packed show in January."
In other casting news ...
The 'Saturday Night Live' veteran will guest star as Nancy, a single mom and "incompetent" associate producer on Ava's talk show. Hopefully that means Shannon and Maya Rudolph will have plenty of scenes together.
According to TV Guide, Shannon makes her debut on the Nov. 23 episode. Her role could become recurring.
Shannon will pop on 'The Middle' as Frankie Heck's sister and recently appeared as a co-host on 'The Talk.'
In other casting news ...
According to TNT, the 'Ally McBeal' veteran will appear throughout Season 4, billed as a special guest star. Liu will play a member of the LAPD alongside Michael Cudlitz, Shawn Hatosy, Regina King and Ben McKenzie.
Season 4 is set to debut in January 2012.
Besides 'McBeal,' Liu's TV credits include the short-lived 'Cashmere Mafia' and 'Dirty Sexy Money.'
With the return of 'Rizzoli & Isles' (Season 2 premieres Mon., July 11, 10PM ET on TNT) -- where stars Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander battle Boston bad guys as a detective and medical examiner team -- we salute those cops and lawyers who help maintain law and order (some of them are even on 'Law & Order') on TV.
Of course, all of the current TV cops on our list have some iconic legal ladies to thank, including 'Police Woman''s Pepper Anderson (Angie Dickinson); Claudette Wyms (CCH Pounder) on 'The Shield'; and the dynamic duo of 'Cagney & Lacey' (Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly), just to name a few.
And we can't forget their legal counterparts either, with beloved barristers like Susan Dey's Grace van Owen on 'L.A. Law'; Sarah McKenzie (Catherine Bell) on 'JAG'; the ladies of 'Boston Legal,' 'The Practice' and 'Ally McBeal'; Markie Post's Christine Sullivan on 'Night Court'; and Harmon herself, as 'Law & Order''s ADA Abbie Carmichael.
These pros all helped pave the moral way for what's now one of the most popular professions for women on TV. Here, 11 of our current favorite female TV cops and lawyers.
The gritty, realistic series, which takes an intimate look at life for the officers and detectives of the LAPD, has been given 10 more episodes for Season 4. After a bumpy start on NBC and subsequent move to TNT, the series averaged 2.9 million viewers this season, up 6% compared to the Season 2.
In a statement, executive vice president and head of programming for TNT Michael Wright said: "'Southland' has been acknowledged by many critics as one of the sharpest, most entertaining and most authentic dramas on television today. John Wells, Chris Chulack and their teams created a brilliant roller coaster ride this season, with countless riveting scenes and unforgettable character arcs. We are extremely proud to have 'Southland' on TNT and to bring it back for a fourth season."
Tell me that I wasn't alone in wiping away a tear or two by the end of tonight's season finale. What got me the most: Sammy getting closure on Nate's murder, or John finally admitting he needs help? Or was it the long-in-coming moment when Boot Ben finally stood up to his training officer and told him he was a hopeless addict?
All in all, a satisfying cap to a too-short season. We don't yet know if 'Southland' will be back for a fourth season and, if not, tonight's finale hit just the right emotional note. Ben graduated, John owned up to his addiction and Sammy paid tribute to Nate by naming his newborn son after him.
Hear me out: I've been a huge fan and an avid supporter of the show since the beginning. And when NBC cancelled it after airing only one short season, pulling the plug as they were in the middle of shooting season 2, I was quick to help rally to keep the show alive, along with many loyal fans and critics.
We've been along for the ride through ups and downs and some serious character lowpoints -- especially this season, which was a darker turn for the series. So naturally, I want another season for more time with the extremely talented cast, but also for some much-needed character redemption.
My concern comes from the fact that TNT, the network that stepped in when NBC opted out, has yet to announce whether or not they're picking up the show for another season, even though this season's finale is Tuesday.
This last episode before the 'Southland' season finale felt like a bit of a placeholder. Yes, there was a shootout, and Ben got in John's face telling him flat out, "You have a problem," but you know they're holding the big stuff for next week's season ender.
'Failure Drill,' the episode title, was explained on the police shooting range where Lydia had gone to brush up on her skills.
Another officer explained it's a sequence of shots -- "two to the body, one to the head" -- designed to bring down a suspect. If the first two shots don't drop the suspect, he's wearing a vest and you've got to take him out with a head shot, advice that Lydia employed before the episode's end.
Tonight's episode was grim as Sammy turned vigilante and John revealed more about why he became a cop, but it was enlivened by a turn from guest star Kay Lenz as a boozy, washed-up actress who sees another chance at stardom by testifying in a murder trial.
This season has been a race to see who breaks down first: Pill-popping John or hothead Sammy. The good money seemed to be on Sammy, who's not only had an unfaithful b**** of a wife (she's got to be the least likeable character on TV), but had to deal with the murder of his partner and, worse, not being able to I.D. the correct suspect.
In tonight's episode, Sammy followed the suspect to his job, abducted him, drove him out to the desert and made him dig his own grave.
['Southland' - 'Sideways]
Regina King has never been better than tonight as Lydia dealt with helping a witness make life and death decisions, the possible end of her career and a betrayal so big that it left her speechless.
Shawn Hatosy, as grieving Sammy, continued his journey to the darkside after blowing the ID for Nate's murderer. As Dewey commented when he heard, "Ouch. Notify the suicide hotline."
Actually, based on next week's preview, it looks more like Sammy's leaning toward homicidal rage. But these days, even after running over and killing a pedestrian during a high-speed pursuit, Dewey has his head screwed on straighter than Sammy's.
According to Deadline Hollywood, the 'West Wing' veteran will play Mira, a former homicide detective who now covers robberies. '17th Precinct' is set in the fictional city of Excelsior, a place where magic and the supernatural rule.
When NBC picked up the show to pilot, it was described as a 'Harry Potter'-type show for grown-ups.
In other TV news ...
• 'Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe' will premiere April 17 at 9PM on USA. The prequel is set in 2005 and directed by 'Burn Notice' star Jeffrey Donovan. [Entertainment Weekly]
• Gary Cole has joined the cast of Fox's comedy pilot 'Tagged.' Cole will play James Percy, a coroner who works with his son. [Deadline Hollywood]
• Will Paget Brewster leave 'Criminal Minds'? The actress is currently fielding comedy pilot offers from Fox. Her final 'Criminal Minds' episode of the season will end with a cliffhanger, A.J. Cook is returning to the series to possibly whisk her away. [Deadline Hollywood]
Six weeks after Nate's death, Sammy returned to work, this time in uniform so he could patrol with the Gang Enforcement Detail. As he told Sal, "They need to see that they didn't win."
Josie and Lydia caught a high-profile celebrity murder case with a poolside decapitation and lots of media attention. When Josie wanted to know how the paparazzi were able to get to the scene so quickly, Lydia explained, "Celebrity death in the Twitter age."
John and Ben were assigned to crowd control at the upscale neighborhood where the murder took place, which John didn't like one bit. "This detail is crap. We should be out doing real police work," he told Ben but stood his ground, literally, refusing to sit on the job despite obvious back pain.
As the opening voiceover says: "Southland cops know that when the Santa Ana winds blow, you learn just how close you are to the edge." The cop closest to the edge this week: John Cooper (Michael Cudlitz) who was dealing with bad news about his chronic back pain and his father's parole hearing.
Last week's emotionally wrenching loss of Nate (Kevin Alejandro) wasn't addressed until 44 minutes in when Dewey, of all people, asked if John was going to his funeral. There was no glimpse of Sammy, whom we assume is still in a state of shock.
Lydia and Ochoa butted heads once again over how to handle a complicated rape case: Ochoa had no problem lying to the victim to coerce her to identify the man who attacked her, even though the woman didn't want to testify, while Lydia wanted to leave the obviously traumatized victim out of it.
We've got two exclusive photos from tonight's episode (Tuesday, Feb. 1, 10PM ET on TNT), both featuring a very special guest star: a huge snake. When Officers Cooper and Sherman get called to a home, they arrive to find a small dog being strangled by someone's python. To make matters even worse, the two neighbors who own the pets are fighting, throwing F-bombs and totally freaking out.
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