Cast updates: Minds, Jessica Simpson

The November sweeps period is just around the corner, and a few networks are sweetening their shows with some special guest appearances in an effort to entice more eyeballs.

Prankster and comedian Jamie Kennedy ditches the laughs in favor of suspense, as he makes a guest appearance on CBS's crime drama Criminal Minds. Kennedy will play a character named Floyd Feylinn Ferell and appear on the November 14 episode titled "Lucky."

The description of the episode says the BAU team will be in pursuit of "a serial killer with cannibalistic tendencies." Cross your fingers and hope Kennedy is the one they're hunting, and from the look of the picture (right) CBS handed out, he just may be.

CBS will also welcome Ja'Net DuBois (Good Times), Montae Russell (ER's Zadro), and Cleavant Derricks (Sliders' Rembrant "Crying Man" Brown) to Cold Case on November 11. In the episode, the bodies of four boys that went missing from 1999 to present are found in storage units.

Also from CBS on November 11, Shark will feature ER's Amy Aquino, Desperate Housewives' Brenda Strong, Dawson's Creek's Meredith Monroe, and Deadwood's Titus Welliver.

Speaking of Deadwood, rumor has it that Timothy Olyphant--who played the mustachioed Seth Bullock on HBO's western--will be joining ABC's Samantha Who?. TVGuide.com is reporting that Olyphant will play the boss and possible love interest for lead actress Christina Applegate. Olyphant reportedly starts work this week, meaning he won't debut on the show until late this year or early next.

The most unusual (and potentially most entertaining) guest spot isn't even for a prime-time show. Actress-singer Jessica "Chicken of the Sea" Simpson will be cohosting back-to-back episodes of the girl gabfest The View beginning November 15, according to ETOnline. Set your TiVos.

And while we're here, Bravo has cast the two hosts of its upcoming take on the modeling-reality-show genre due in early 2008. Niki Taylor, one of the mid-to-late-1990s magazine cover superstars, and Tyson Beckford, Ralph Lauren's top man, will emcee the new show Make Me a Supermodel. The reality series will seem similar to America's Next Top Model save for one thing--viewers get to choose who stays and who goes.

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Great to hear things spiced up in Minds ans Shark
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I liked Cleavant Derricks on "Sliders," his performance being maybe the best thing about that show, except of course for how sexy Kari Wuhrer was on it. But of course I agree: is this the level of guest stars on TV shows today? I'm sure a lot of popular actors want to be seen, and of course people want to see them, so why don't the networks spend the extra ten bucks? Am I the only one who thinks television is missing its successor to "The Love Boat" and "Fantasy Island" currently? On the other hand, the presence of Jamie Kennedy is a reason to turn the TV off.

On the other hand, there have been some interesting guest stars over the past season that haven't been promoted as they should have been, such as Jennifer O'Dell (of "The Lost World") on "Shark" and recently "Two and a Half Men"; Dean Cain did guest star on "Smallville" last week; and I believe a commercial said Alyssa Milano is on "My Name Is Earl" tonight.

I am looking forward to seeing Jessica Simpson on "The View." I think we'll finally see that she isn't as dumb as her persona suggests. She has been known to draw a blank on some things considered common knowledge in the popular culture that she obviously never paid attention to before, but possessing knowledge and having the intelligence to use it are two different things. Just consider our commander-in-chief.
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I haven't even heard os some of these so called "Guest Stars."
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wow
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wow could the view get more stupid
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That's fantastic, Jessica Simpson is my woman. :D
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I just came over to the news once I saw Jessica Simpsons name, her on the view now that will be a show to watch
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Godo castings to come!
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The caption under the Kennedy picture is the best I've ever seen on this site.
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Jessica will air her opinions???? Mwa-ha-ha!!
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