Stephen Moyer, who plays Bill on HBO’s “True Blood” has been cast to portray Capt. Von Trapp on NBC’s Sound of Music Special. Moyer will play war vet and single dad Capt. Von Trapp opposite Carrie Underwood’s Maria in the Special.
The three-hour production will be based on the original 1959 Broadway production.
NBC’s Sound of Music is scheduled for Dec. 5.
More casting news…
Wendy Williams is making new neighbors. The Daytime host will guest-star as a hair stylist in an upcoming episode of “The Neighbors.” [TVLine]
Navid Negahban has been cast to play Oliver Queen’s foe on “Arrow.” The “Homeland” alum will play Al-Owal in Episode 5 of the forthcoming season. [E! Online]
Keith Carradine (“Dexter”) will recur as a trusted friend of Ryan Hardy named Barry on “The Following.” [TVLine]
Omari Hardwick will play James “Ghost” St. Patrick, a New York City nightclub owner on Starz’s new series “Power.”
Phoebe Strole will play Sam’s new love interest, who is a college sophomore called Penny Owen on the Fox’s “Glee” in a recurring role. In addition, Demi Lovato has been cast to play a NYC-based struggling artist friend of Rachel and Santana’s who will regularly appear with Adam Lambert’s incoming character. [TVLine]
TVLine reports, Atkinson (“Jane By Design”) will appear in a multi-episode arc as Zach.
The character is described as “drummer in the band fronted by new arrival Oliver who bonds with Amber while recording at the Luncheonette.”
Atkinson will also play Amber’s love interest.
“Parenthood” season 5 premieres Thursday, Sept. 26 at 10/9c.
More casting new…
Nene Leakes will reprise her role as Coach Roz Washington “Glee’s” upcoming season in a multi-episode arc. [E Online]
Glenn Howerton is joining “The Mindy Project” in a recurring role. The “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” actor will a mild-mannered attorney and Mindy’s love interest in the forthcoming second season. [E! Online]
Richard Short has booked a multi-episode arc on “Covert Affairs.” The “666 Park Avenue” alum will play an Irish rocker. [Deadline]
“The Following” adds Sam Underwood as a series regular. The “Dexter” star has been cast to play “Luke, a very complicated and dangerous young man who may or may not be a follower of the “late” Joe Carroll.” ]TVLine]
Fox picks up “Glee” for two seasons – season 5 and 6.
“”Glee” debuted as the first and only successful musical comedy series on television, and more than four years later, it continues to defy genres, break new ground and have a significant impact on popular culture,” Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly said in a statement. “Week in and week out, Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan, Dante DiLoreto and the entire Glee team deliver a series that not only delights and surprises fans, but also inspires them to talk about, share, debate and engage with the show — and I’m absolutely thrilled to have them on board for another two seasons.”
Watch the first trailer of “Dexter’s” final season here.
NBC is moving “Grimm” to Tuesdays, beginning April 30.
Eva Longoria’s “Ready for Love” reality series has been cancelled. [EW]
Kris Jenner’s new talk show, “Kris” has been picked up for a six-week test run on select Fox stations beginning July 15.
“Dexter’s” next season will return sooner than you excepted.
The series’ upcoming eight season will air during the summer. The season will premiere three months ahead of its normal schedule on June 30 at 9/8c, David Nevins, President of Showtime Entertainment announced Saturday at the TCA winter tour.
“I’m not making any announcements today about when “Dexter” will end” said David Nevins. “There is a clear end game in place, but I can’t talk about it just yet. The decision of when to end “Dexter” is ultimately a creative decision.” The president also added “Dexter is to Showtime what Batman is to Warner Bros. It’s a core franchise.”
“Dexter” will lead-in new drama series “Ray Donovan,” which debuts Sunday at 10/9c.
Meanwhile “Homeland” is staying put in Showtime’s fall lineup. The series’ third season will launch on Sun. September 29, followed by the premiere of the new Showtime drama “Masters of Sex.” When questioned about the Emmy winning drama unbalanced second season, Nevins said, “I really liked Season 2, I think it started really strong and it ended really strong… Some of the criticism seems fair. [But] suspension of disbelief is the scaffolding all storytelling is based on. I have enormous confidence in the people that write and perform that show [and believe] that it will maintain its quality.”
David Nevins also stated “”Homeland” has a very long life” and “can go in many different directions. Everything on that show is vigorously debated. If at the end of that debate, it made sense story-wise, I could conceivably say yes.”
More highlights from the Showtime’s TCA winter tour:
Showtime’s “important franchise” ”The Real L Word” will likely return as a Documentary. ”I want to keep the franchise going and want to change up the show, Nevins stated. “It’s probably not going to continue in exactly the same form. I’ve been talking a lot with [executive producers] about exploring L Word culture — lesbian culture in places not New York, L.A. — where the subculture is not so defined and it’s not so easy. I think we’re likely to make a documentary that will feel like a “Real L Word” documentary.”
“Episodes’” season 3 production will be split between London and LA next and will be on the air in early 2014.
“Web Therapy” will return this summer “roughly the same time as last year.”
“Nurse Jackie” and “The Borgias” are set to return on April 14th.
“Inside Comedy” returns Feb. 11th, while ”The Big C” concludes on April 29th.
The paid cable network is developing a new drama named “The Vatican” with Ridley Scott directing the pilot.
A decision to renew “Californication” will be made “fairly quickly into this run” says David Nevins.
If you were not one of the 2.1 million viewers who tuned into “Homeland,” or one of the 3 million viewers who watched “Dexter” last night, fret not, for Showtime has shared both premiere episodes via YouTube.
You can watch the full season 2 premiere of “Homeland” and the entire seventh season premiere of “Dexter” online if you missed it or are not subscribed to Showtime. The paid cable network has released the full premiere episodes of its acclaimed dramas.
The upcoming season of “Dexter” picks up immediately where the previous season left off. Watch the first two minutes here. The promotional poster below is taglined ‘It’s all on the table.’ What do you think? Will Deb accept Dexter’s dark passenger?