Cast updates: Starbuck to Nip/Tuck

One of the more in-demand television actresses in Hollywood is Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff, who plays the tomboyish Kara "Starbuck" Thrace on the Sci Fi Channel hit. The future seems pretty bright for Sackhoff, and she should have her pick of roles when she's wrapped Battlestar.

Before moving on to her next major gig (the whole Bionic Woman thing didn't work out too well, did it?), Sackhoff will do a short run on the sixth season of Nip/Tuck as a guest star, says The Hollywood Reporter. Sackhoff will play Dr. Teddy Love, who goes head-to-head with Dr. Sean McNamara.

Former Melrose Place resident and Women's Murder Club member Rob Estes is moving on up. He'll play 90210's father figure Harry Mills when the show premieres this fall on the CW.

There's another exodus from Smallville, but this one seems to be on the producers and not the actor. Kara, better known as Supergirl, will be flying out of the action during next season, says

"[The CW] announced the cast... and I'm not a part of it," Vandervoort told the Web site. "We were all surprised when they chose not to bring me back as a regular, but I'm sure I'll be back for one or two [episodes]!"

Somewhat lost among the busy week of upfronts last week was a couple of big names joining television shows. Movie veteran Eric Stoltz has signed on to join Caprica as Dr. Daniel Graystone, one of the pivotal characters in the show. Michael Rapaport, a recurring character in My Name is Earl, is headed to prison. The actor will join Fox's Prison Break as a government agent.

It's about time--CSI's cast is getting bigger. After losing a few regulars, the forensics show will be adding Lauren Lee Smith to its list of actors. Smith, who previously starred in The L Word and the pilot Can Openers, is expected to replace the departure of Jorja Fox.

Finally, in pilot news, Kelly Preston has been cast in HBO's Suburban Shootout, Adam Goldberg will be in ABC's The Unusuals, and Michael Landes is joining Fox's Courtroom K, says The Hollywood Reporter. And for all you Human Giant fans, funnyman Aziz Ansari (read our Q&A; with him) is taking up residency on Scrubs, along with Betsy Beutler and Eliza Coupe. The trio will play recurring interns.

And that's a wrap. Any of these casting decisions look good to you? Sackhoff on Nip/Tuck certainly is surprising, but Stoltz on Caprica as Graystone versus Esai Morales' Adama sounds like the winner here.

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