CSI: NY Has Already Replaced Melina Kanakaredes

... The body may still be warm, but that's never stopped CSI: New York before. One day after it was revealed that Melina Kanakaredes is leaving the CBS procedural, the network announced that Sela Ward would be joining the cast. Ward is a two-time Emmy winner for Sisters and Once and Again and will play an experienced investigator from Washington, D.C. [CBS via press release]

... Robot Chicken is prepping its third Star Wars spoof, which is set to premiere December 12. This time around, the special will focus mainly on the perspective of the Empire and its evildoers, including Darth Vader, Boba Fett, and Gary the Stormtrooper. Lending their voices to the project will be Anthony Daniels (the original voice of C3PO), Zac Efron (?), Community's Donald Glover, and The Cleveland Show's Mike Henry. [The Live Feed]

... Lindsay Lohan may turn a profit on this whole jail thing. Major networks are scrambling to arrange pre- and post-incarceration interviews with the starlet, and the bids are as high as $500,000, according to "sources." Way to go, Lindsay! Now you will only owe about $2 million for stolen clothes and unpaid bar tabs! [NY Post]

... Glee is coming backkkk OMGZZFF!!!!! The show returns on September 21 at 8pm. There are more premiere dates in the link, but the gist is this: Fox is treating premiere week like a normal premiere week and debuting all its shows during the week of September 20-24. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Showtime also has announced premiere dates... for January. Shameless, starring William H. Macy as a drunk dad to six headstrong kids, premieres January 9 at 10pm. Episodes, about an actor (Matt LeBlanc playing a caricatured version Matt LeBlanc) starring in an ill-fated U.S. adaptation of a British series, will premiere January 10. These both have the potential to be very good. [Showtime via press release]

... Dexter is making some kick-ass casting decisions this year. First it was Jonny Lee Miller, and now it's RoboCop himself: Peter Weller is joining the cast next season as a troubled police officer who is under investigation by Internal Affairs. This may be the season I get back into the show. [Deadline Hollywood]

... And finally, even better casting news. We're all excited about HBO's fantasy epic Game of Thrones, and now we're totally frickin' stoked. Actor Aidan Gillen, better known as politician Tommy Carcetti on The Wire, has signed on to play King Robert's adviser, Littlefinger. My nerdy friends tells me that this choice is spot-on. [THR]

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