News Briefs: ABC Family Sets Return Dates for Bunheads and Pretty Little Liars

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TIME TO UPDATE YOUR TEEN-SHOW CALENDAR

... Oh you know you have a Teen-Show Calendar, don't try to pretend you don't. Mine has baby goats on it. ABC Family has announced the return dates for its winter shows, and they start on January 7. And they end on January 8, so that's easy! Look for Season 2 of Switched at Birth and the return of Bunheads to air back-to-back on January 7. The next night, it's the continuation of Season 3 of Pretty Little Liars and the start of The Lying Game's Season 2. Brace yourself, Twitter! [ABC Family via press release]


GOOD NEWS AND ALMOST-GOOD NEWS FOR SHOWS

... Fox has ordered two more episodes each of New Girl and Raising Hope, bringing their season totals to 24 episodes. That matches the recent add-on for The Mindy Project. Ben and Kate, meanwhile, is still stuck at 19 episodes because Fox doesn't love it as much as the other shows. Hey Ben and Kate, sorry to break it to you, but you were adopted. [Deadline Hollywood]

... ABC has ordered two more episodes of Shark Tank. Okay, let's move on. [EW]

... The CW has ordered three more scripts of its new dramas (comedies in disguise, actually) Beauty and the Beast and Emily Owens, M.D. because I'm guessing they ran out of toilet paper? Haha JK LOL, but seriously, neither of these shows are very good. [Deadline Hollywood]


IN DEVELOPMENT NEWS

... Jane Fonda (Barbarella 4ever) has signed on for her first regular series gig, the ABC project Now What?. She'll star as a mother who moves in with her daughter after the daughter writes a blog post titled, "Dear Mom, Here's Why I Hate You." Well doesn't that sound terrible!? [LA Times]


LOTS OF CASTING NEWS

... Showtime's House of Lies has boosted its cast with Lorenz Tate (Menace II Society's O-Dog 4ever) and Nia Long (Third Watch). Tate will play the younger brother to series star Marty (Don Cheadle), and Long will play another consultant and rival to Marty. [THR]

... Annie Wersching (24) will recur on TNT's Dallas reboot. She'll play a "sexy transportation commissioner" which sound like the lamest Halloween costume ever. [TV Line]

... Matt Dallas, star of ABC Family's Kyle XY, is returning to the network to join the cast of Baby Daddy. Here's the description for his character: "typical perfect guy who is rugged but sensitive, dedicated but laid back." That description sounds great but crappy. [THR]

... LOUIS C.K. IS HOSTING THE NOVEMBER 3 EPISODE OF SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE SORRY FOR SHOUTING BUT THIS IS REALLY EXCITING! Musical guest: fun. [NBC via press release]

... Michael J. Fox is returning to The Good Wife to reprise his role as Louis Canning. Look for him in early 2013. [TV Line]

... Good news, bad news here. Bad news first: Titus Welliver will no longer appear opposite Eric Dane in TNT's pilot The Last Ship, a drama about a naval destroyer that survives a nuclear holocaust. Good news: He's being replaced by Adam Baldwin of Chuck and Firefly fame. [Deadline Hollywood]