Gillian Anderson is making a grand return to television.
The X-Files actress' big comeback will see her play a therapist in Bryan Fuller's serial killer thriller Hannibal, based on Thomas Harris' novels about psychiatrist turned flesh-eater Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen).
Bryan - who is writing and producing the series - commented, "Every therapist needs their own head examined and we are ecstatic that Gillian Anderson has chosen Hannibal to mark her return to American television after 10 years to portray Dr. Lecter's personal psychiatrist. Her intelligence and sophistication, not to mention her pedigree of ground-breaking TV, make her the perfect actress to match wits and psychological manipulations with one of the greatest villains of pop culture. I couldn't be more excited."
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+ Some are speculating that Kenan Thompson's upcoming sitcom - which will be produced by his current Saturday Night Live boss Lorne Michaels - might prompt the late night sketch comedy veteran to leave.
+ Casting news for The Walking Dead gets more exciting with each announcement! The Wire alum Chad Coleman has been hired to portray Tyrese in the popular zombie series, which is based on a comic book of the same name.
+ Vulture has compiled a list of American Horror Story: Asylum's horror and sci-fi nods. Did you catch all of them on your own?
+ Liz & Dick director Larry A. Thompson opens up about working with troubled starlet Lindsay Lohan. At one point, he claims that "making a movie with [her] is not for the faint of heart."
+ Fox has just announced that the two-hour series finale for cult sci-fi show Fringe will air on January 18. Here's to hoping that it will actually answer all the questions to the series, unlike that other J.J. Abrams show...
+ ABC's hit comedy Modern Family has cast Elizabeth Peña (Rush Hour, The Incredibles) as the Pilar, mother to Sofia Vergara's Gloria.
+ Juno writer and creator of Showtime's short-lives The United States of Tara, Diablo Cody, has sold her romantic comedy series to ABC. Alex + Amy "will revolve around a millennial guy and Gen X woman in love." No word on casting just yet.
Buffy fans, rejoice!
Oz Seth Green Will soon reunite with Willow Alyson Hannigan as a guest star on How I Met Your Mother.
Green will appear on the sitcom as Daryl LaCoutre, a man who considers Lily (Hannigan) and Marshall (Jason Segel) two of his best friends from college. Twelve years later, the pair run into him, but they have no clue who he is. LaCoutre apparently goes into stalker-sounding territory, as he is “creepily obsessed with having them [Lily and Marshall] in his life.”
The episode is tentatively schedule to air on CBS on December 10.
Until then, True Blood fans will want to tune into the show on November 12, when Joe Manganiello is set to begin his two episode arc on the hit series.
Read More | Entertainment Weekly
Bette Midler is to star in Glee. The "Wind Beneath My Wings" singer has agreed to film a cameo for the musical TV drama after being asked to by the show's co-creator Ryan Murphy.
Ryan asked Bette while she was on stage for the God's Love We Deliver Golden Hearts Awards event in New York City. "And from the stage, @ryanmurphy invited me to guest on @Glee! I should get out more," she wrote on Twitter.
Ryan couldn't contain his excitement and also took to Twitter to speak of his joy: "Bette said yes! Amazing. I am plotting...who should she play?"
But it seems, Bette, 66, already has some ideas and thinks she could be the grandmother of Rachel Berry, who is played by Lea Michele. "I have one vote for Rachel's grandmother," she tweeted.
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It's not a bad thing to be Joss Whedon's friend. Like, say, when your character is killed off in one of the summer's biggest films and he's resurrected in an ABC television series. Such is the case with Clark Gregg. Cue the comic book fans' tears of joy.
Marvel announced in a panel yesterday at New York Comic Con that the character of Agent Phil Coulson will be revived for the small screen series adaptation of S.H.I.E.L.D. Based on the Jack Kirby comics of the same name, the series will follow the adventures of the secretive military agency S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistic Directorate). Coulson will be brought back from his death in The Avengers, but there's no word yet as to exactly how that will be done...
Joss' brother Jed Whedon will join him in producing the show, along with Jed's wife Maurissa Tancharoen, Jeffrey Bell and Jeph Loeb.
There's no word yet as to when the series is set to premiere.
Read More | E! News
Chloe Sevigny was worried fans would be "angry" at her for playing a transsexual.
The 37-year-old actress plays Mia, a pre-op transgender hitman, in TV series Hit & Miss, and she was concerned that she wouldn't be able to do the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community justice in the role.
"I was worried people would be angry that they didn't cast a real person who was transitioning. I asked why they didn't, and the producers said they didn't find the right person. It's a big responsibility toward that community, and I wanted to do them right."
Despite her concerns about taking on the part, Chloe insists she knew the role was perfect for her as soon as she started reading the script. "Who doesn't love a challenge? My manager called me and said, 'I got some scripts today, and they're f***ing crazy. I've never read anything like them, and I kinda think you're going to be into it.' A little way into reading the first script, I knew I was in."
The cast of the second season of American Horror Story is coming together slowly, but surely...
In addition to a handful of actors returning to the FX show from season one, word through the TV grapevine says that Joseph Fiennes -- whom you may recall from his most recent small screen role as Mark Benford on Flash Forward -- is in talks for the Ryan Murphy/Brad Falchuk-created show.
The anthology series takes place in the sixties -- more specifically, in an East Coast institution for the criminally insane. Fiennes would play the head of the institution, where Jessica Lange's character works (incidentally, her character is a love interest for Fiennes').
Musician-turned-reality show judge Adam Levine is also new to the series, portraying a character known only as one half of a couple known as The Lovers.
American Horror Story's sophomore season is scheduled to premiere this Fall.
Read More | The Hollywood Reporter
Cheryl Cole would be "perfect" for a role in Glee.
The Girls Aloud beauty is currently starring in her first movie role as herself in What to Expect When You're Expecting alongside Matthew Morrison, and the star of the musical TV show believes she would be great in the series.
"I think she actually has all the tools to be in our show. She'd be a perfect fit for Glee - the acting and singing and dancing," he said.
Matthew admits they only hung out briefly on the set of the romantic comedy but he was impressed with how she dealt with the part: "We spent three days hanging out on the set of What to Expect When You're Expecting. As someone who comes to London quite often, you can't leave without hearing who she is or seeing her face so, it was really good to actually talk to her as a human being and see what a genuinely nice and beautiful person she is."
Leonardo DiCaprio was almost cast in Baywatch.
The Great Gatsby star was in line to play the role of Hobie - son of central character Mitch Buchannon - in the hugely popular 90s Californian lifeguard series, but show star and producer David Hasselhoff thinks it was better for his career not to have won the part.
"Yeah, it was true! You know what, it was the best thing to happen to Leonardo DiCaprio. I saw Leonardo and I said, 'You know what, that was the best thing that ever happened to you! You would have never gotten Titanic and have been this big star,'" said David, who played Mitch and co-produced the show.
Joking about the actor who did get the role he added, "'You'd be like Jeremy Jackson and David Hasselhoff, looking for work.' Ha!"
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