>-Renewals galore! NBC announced that it would be keeping its Thursday night comedy block intact, with renewals for Community, The Office, and 30 Rock, coming on the heels of the news that Parks and Recreation had been picked up for a third season. So no worries–Thursday nights will still be full of laughter. On the other networks, Fox ordered a third season of J.J. Abrams’ paranormal mystery-solving series, Fringe. The CW also issued a full order of episodes for Smallville‘s 10th season since the show has been performing well in its new Friday night time-slot.
-Rob Lowe is moving from ABC family drama Brothers & Sisters to NBC mockumentary Parks and Recreation. Not really the straightest of lines… Lowe has been playing Senator Robert McCallister, ambitious husband of Calista Flockhart’s Kitty, for the past four years, until he recently asked to be released from the show. It came as a surprise to many that he would jump back into another series so soon, but he seems to be comfortable playing the charming politician, a la The West Wing and B&S. Rumor has it that his Parks and Recreation role will be a similar political leader-type character, except, you know, funnier. He is scheduled to appear in the last couple of episodes in Season 2 with a storyline that carries over into next season. (Fancast)
And he’s not the only one transferring to Pawnee…
-Adam Scott, who has been starring in Party Down on Starz, has accepted a role as a series regular on Parks and Recreation for Season 3. If Party Down were renewed for a third season, Scott would appear with the misfit band of caterers in up to three episodes, but he seems to be tying himself creatively to NBC for the foreseeable future. (LA Times Show Tracker)
-As all respectable sitcoms must do, Modern Family is going to to Hawaii! The entire clan will take a tropical vacation to celebrate patriarch Jay’s (Ed O’Neill) birthday. The cast is currently over there filming the episode.
-HBO announced its pickup of the highly-anticipated fantasy series Game of Thrones. Based on the books by George R.R. Martin, the cast includes Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings), Jennifer Ehle (Pride & Prejudice), Lena Headey (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (New Amsterdam). The pilot has already been filmed, and production will resume this summer in Northern Ireland, with episodes expected to begin airing in 2011. It’s a long time to wait but will probably be so worth it.
Pilot Casting Update:
-Pleading Guilty, the new Fox legal pilot from Bones creator Hart Hanson, scored a major talent for its lead role: Jason Isaacs, aka Lucius Malfoy from the Harry Potter films. Last seen on television in the Showtime series, Brotherhood, this will be his first time on a major network show. Isaacs’ character is Mack, a “big handsome Irish lunk” who used to work as a cop and now works as an attorney. Casting is now underway for the supporting characters. (The Hollywood Reporter)
-Dustin Hoffman signed on to an HBO pilot called Luck, executive produced by David Milch and Michael Mann. His character, Chester “Ace” Bernstein, is an intelligent man with a gambling problem, just released from prison and deeply involved in the world of horseracing.
-Julie Benz, fresh off her work as Rita on Showtime’s serial killer show Dexter, will be acquiring superpowers on the ABC drama No Ordinary Family, alongside Michael Chiklis.
-Dermot Mulroney has landed the much-buzzed about lead in NBC’s remake of The Rockford Files, reprising the role of Jim Rockford played by James Garner in the original 70s version. The writer behind the project is David Shore (House), and Steve Carell is an executive producer. (Variety)
-Scott Porter (Friday Night Lights) was cast in The CW pilot, Nomads, from executive producers Ridley and Tony Scott, about a group of backpackers who go on secret missions for the CIA.
-Blair Underwood joined Zeljko Ivanek, Scott Patterson, and Jason Ritter in NBC’s The Event. Underwood will be playing the US President, in a show about a conspiracy to assassinate the President.
-Scott Caan (Ocean’s Eleven) was cast in CBS’ Hawaii Five-O remake pilot. Caan will portray Danno, the cop partnered up with Alex O’Loughlin’s Steve McGarrett.
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