Actress Alyssa Milano has kept herself plenty busy since the bewitching Charmed flew off the air on a broom in 2006, and it hasn't all been in front of the camera. Other than starring in the film Pathology (alongside Heroes stud Milo Ventimiglia), which is due out later this year, Milano has focused on her other passion--baseball.
She's pitched her own line of Major League Baseball-branded women's wear, is a regular at Los Angeles Dodgers games (and has criticized the manager's moves on her blog), and has recently been romantically linked to Dodgers starting pitcher Brad Penny.
With baseball season winding down, Milano will be keeping herself busy by going back to where she got her big break--television. According to TVGuide.com, the 34-year-old actress is joining the cast of NBC laugher My Name is Earl for several episodes as Samantha (hey! Just like her role in Who's the Boss?), a love interest for the now-jailed lead character played by Jason Lee.
Earl, one of the Parents Television Council's nemeses, will also welcome Craig T. Nelson to its cast, says E! Online. Nelson, who won an Emmy as the lead in the late 1980s show Coach, will play the warden at the jail that houses Earl.
The Return of Jezebel James, the new show from Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, is adding more female firepower to its already loaded lineup, says TVGuide.com.
In addition to the spunky Parker Posey (Best in Show) and plucky Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under), who play estranged sisters in the comedy, Oscar-winner Dianne Wiest--the vibrator-owning mother in Parenthood and more recently District Attorney Nora Lewin in Law & Order--has joined the cast as the mother of the sisters. Her character will be eagerly anticipating the baby that Ambrose's character is supposed to carry for Parker's character.
In more unscripted news, The View has finally filled out its round table by officially adding Sherri Shepherd to the estrogen-fueled gab-fest, says the Associated Press. Shepherd previously appeared on the show as a guest host several times and has had stints on The Jamie Foxx Show, Suddenly Susan, and Less Than Perfect. The announcement is expected to be officially made on Monday's show by host Barbara Walters.