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Connie Britton Heading to FX? Rob Schneider Lands CBS Pilot and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 7th 2011 1:30PM
Connie BrittonOscar-nominee David O. Russell is teaming with 'Friday Night Lights' star Connie Britton for a new female-driven FX drama.

According to TVLine, Russell, director of 'The Fighter,' will create the series with the Emmy-nominated Britton attached to star.

It's too early to reveal other details, but shouldn't "Connie Britton" and "female-driven drama" be enough to get you onboard?

In other TV news ...

Rob Schneider could be returning to TV with a new CBS sitcom. The currently untitled pilot is based on the 'Saturday Night Live' veteran's life after he married into a large Mexican-American family. [Deadline Hollywood]

Nia Vardalos is heading to 'Cougar Town.' Vardalos, wife of 'Cougar Town' star Ian Gomez, will play his character's sister-in-law. Vardalos's character seems to think Gomez's Andy is the one who got away. [TVLine]

Taylor Kinney has joined the cast of NBC's 'A Mann's World.' The pilot from Michael Patrick King would see the 'Vampire Diaries' veteran playing a popular stylist at a spa where an aging hairdresser is trying to remain relevant. [Deadline Hollywood]

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'Law & Order' Star Alana De La Garza Joins 'Law & Order: L.A.,' William Petersen Returns to 'CSI' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Jan 31st 2011 11:00AM
Alana De La GarzaFans of the mothership 'Law & Order' take note: Alana De La Garza is joining the cast of NBC's struggling 'Law & Order: Los Angeles.' Hooray! And it gets better: She's playing her 'Law & Order' character, ADA Connie Rubirosa.

According to Deadline Hollywood, the L&O veteran completes the casting overhaul that began with the dismissal of three actors and and the move of Alfred Molina's character to detective.

De La Garza joined 'Law & Order' in season 17 and was with the show until it ended in May 2010.

"I hope fans of the 'mothership' will be happy to see the return of Alana's character, Connie Rubirosa, one of the longest-running assistant prosecutors on 'Law & Order,'" Dick Wolf, the show's creator, said. "Alana has a huge following and it will be interesting to follow her character as she comes to terms with Los Angeles justice."

In other casting news ...

William Petersen will return to 'CSI.' An upcoming story features Grissom's mother and wife, Sara, but CBS did not confirm if Petersen will appear in that episode. The actor left the series in 2009. [Entertainment Weekly]

Laura Vandervoort is returning to 'Smallville.' The 'V' star will reprise her Supergirl role in one of the final five episodes of the hit CW series. [TVLine]

Jordana Brewster is the new face of 'Dallas.' The 'Fast and the Furious' star will play Elena, the daughter of the ranch's cook who is in a love triangle with J.R.'s son, John Ross, and Bobby and Pam Ewing's son, Christopher. [Deadline Hollywood]

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'The Vampire Diaries': Taylor Kinney Helps Us Say Goodbye to Mason Lockwood

by Jean Bentley, posted Oct 25th 2010 3:30PM
Taylor Kinney as Mason Lockwood on 'The Vampire Diaries' Watching a beloved character die is now a rite of passage for 'Vampire Diaries' fans, since writers Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec have proven time and time again that no one in Mystic Falls is safe from the grim reaper. So when Mason Lockwood met his untimely demise at the hands of Damon Salvatore on last week's episode -- literally, Damon used his hands to rip Mason's heart out -- it was an unexpected yet ultimately unsurprising moment.

But that didn't make Mason's loss sting any less. When Taylor Kinney, the actor who played Mason, called TV Squad on Friday to talk about his character's death, he understood our pain. "I'm in heaven now," he said. Interesting. That's where Mason went? "Or hell. I don't know."

Well, actually, that brings up a good point -- where do werewolves go when they die? "I don't know! Maybe they get thrown into some bad B-animated film like 'All Dogs Go to Heaven' type of thing and they get to terrorize puppies in that world," he suggested, then laughed. "Or not."

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Taylor Kinney Joins 'The Vampire Diaries'

by Mike Moody, posted Jul 12th 2010 9:40AM
taylor kinney That other sexy vampire show is bulking up its cast for its upcoming second season, as former 'Trauma' star Taylor Kinney has joined the 'The Vampire Diaries' in a key role.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Kinney has signed to play Mason Lockwood, the younger brother of Mayor Lockwood (Rob Pralgo), who bit the dust during last season's finale. Kinney will make his first appearance in the CW drama's season 2 premiere, set for Sept. 9.

Mason is described as the easygoing uncle of alpha male Tyler (Michael Trevino). He's a cool, athletic and, of course, sexy figure who can "flip in an instant" if he's crossed.

Mason's return to Mystic Falls will bring up a lot of questions about his estranged family, executive producer Julie Plec told TV Guide in June. Will we finally learn exactly what's so special about the Lockwood clan? Guess we'll find out in September.

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