Today's round of casting updates isn't your typical batch of notes. Aside from the normal former-Saturday Night Live cast member getting a role on a hot new show, the rest features a pair of entertainers one would never expect near dramatic television.
The oft-maligned Kevin Federline--yes, the one-time Mr. Britney Spears--can now add actor to his list of "occupations." The rapper/dancer made his acting debut in an episode of CSI last year, and will be featured as a guest star on The CW's One Tree Hill.
However, his role as a frontman for the show's fictional rock band may go from guest spot to regular. According to UK entertainment site Digital Spy, Federline has been asked to return to the show as a regular character. The CW has not made any official statement on the matter.
As for Federline's other careers, he says, "Music is a passion to me but I'm finding my passion in acting right now."
K-Fed isn't the only musician heading to the small screen. In a match seemingly made by a mad scientist on hallucinatory drugs, rapper and hip-hop producer Timothy "Timbaland" Mosley will be featured on an episode of ABC daytime soap opera One Life to Live. The Grammy winner will be joined by fellow musician Ken Hilson and perform the song "The Way I Are."
"I am very excited to have been afforded this opportunity on One Life to Live," said Timbaland in a statement. "This is a new experience for me. I am looking forward to having a great time and sharing my music."
Back on planet Earth, former Saturday Night Live comedian Molly Shannon has been added as a recurring cast member of ABC's Pushing Daisies, according to TVGuide.com.
In keeping with the show's quirky theme, Shannon will allegedly play Dilly Balsam, the proprietor of a salt-water taffy emporium that is located directly across the street from The Pie Hole, the business of protagonist Ned (Lee Pace). She will appear in multiple episodes in November.
In other casting news, actress Orla Brady (Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise) will be joining the cast of Shark as James Woods' character's ex-wife, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Meanwhile, Emily Rose (John From Cincinnati) will play multiepisode arcs in Jericho and Brothers & Sisters. In Jericho, she'll play an aid worker who helps rebuild the town, and in Brothers & Sisters, she'll play a friend of Rebecca's and have a fling with Thomas.