TV Casting News
Allison Janney Plays Mom to Anna Faris
Hot on the heels of CBS announcing that Anna Faris would lead the network's upcoming comedy pilot Mom, they revealed that the hilarious Allison Janney (The West Wing, Juno) will play the mother of Faris's character. Mom follow Faris as a single mother getting her act together after combatting alcoholism. Even though producer Chuck Lorre (creator of such painful "comedies" as The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men) is at the helm, I can't help but be intrigued by Janney stepping aboard.
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Dexter Nabs Sean Patrick Flanery for Season 8
Though Dexter stopped being interesting several seasons ago, the Showtime drama still manages to nab interesting guest stars from time to time. The serial killer series has added Sean Patrick Flanery (Boondock Saints, Young Indiana Jones) to its roster, playing Miami private eye Jacob Elroy. Judging by the show's recent history, Flanery will likely play yet another supporting character who is significantly more layered than Dexter himself.
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Girl Meets World Finds Its Leading Girl
So it's official, Cory and Topanga fans: Girl Meets World, the sequel series to ABC's '90s staple Boy Meets World, is coming to your television screen. With Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel set to return (as parents this time around), The Disney Channel has settled on its pre-teen leading lady: Rowan Blanchard, best known for her roles in The Back-Up Plan and Spy Kids: All the Time in the World. Production is about to begin in February.
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Ellis Returns to Smash's Second Season
As a reluctant viewer of the first season of ABC's showbiz drama Smash, I joined with many of the show's fans in my intolerance of the show's gossipy backstabber, Ellis (Jaime Cepero) -- so I was glad to hear that his role would essentially disappear during Season 2. But hang on a second, word on the street is that Ellis will return to the show, "but not necessarily in the present," according to showrunner Josh Safran. So... what he seems to be saying is that Smash will be dealing with alternate timelines and dimensions, similar to the recently-wrapped Fringe. Honestly though, what could this possibly mean?
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