News Briefs: ABC Sets Finale Dates for Castle, More

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THE END(s) IS NEAR NEWS

... ABC has announced its finale dates for the season, so pay attention because I'm only typing this once:

May 1 - Last Man Standing
May 6 - GCB
May 7 - Castle
May 13 - Once Upon a Time, Desperate Housewives (2-hour finale)
May 15 - Cougar Town (one-hour finale), Private Practice
May 16 - Suburgatory
May 17 - Missing, Grey's Anatomy, Scandal
May 18 - Shark Tank
May 20 - America's Funniest Home Videos
May 21 - Dancing With the Stars (performance show)
May 22 - Dancing With the Stars (results show)
May 23 - The Middle, Modern Family, Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, Revenge

The River finishes things up March 20, and Happy Endings wraps up April 4. [ABC via press release]

DEVELOPMENT, RENEWALS, AND OTHER BUSINESS NEWS

... ABC has renewed Bachelor Pad for a third season, much to the delight of herpes medication Valtrex. This season, the producers are throwing in a twist and letting a fan join the show. I nominate Johnny "I have a deadly case of Ebola" Johnson, who I also recommended for every Kardashian show! [EW]

... A couple studios you haven't heard of are putting their heads together to create a drama series about the life of William Wallace, the famed Scotsman played by Mel Gibson in the movie Braveheart. The show is just in the cocktail napkin sketch phase, but it will be shopped around next month. [THR]

... Shawn Ryan is a busy man! In addition to his ABC pilot Last Resort, he'll now team with novelist Gregg Hurwitz to develop a drama series for TNT based on novels by Hurwitz. The series will follow U.S. marshal Rackley, star of the books The Kill Clause, The Program, Troubleshooter, and Last Shot. [Deadline Hollywood]

... BOOM! Hollywood hotshot Michael BOOM! Bay is developing a CRASH! new reality competition show TRANSFORM! at A&E; that will "test the strength of the family unit like never before." Whatever that MEGHAN FOX BENDING OVER! means. [Deadline Hollywood]

CASTING ROUNDUP

... The Sopranos star Michael Imperioli has landed a role on the NBC medical drama pilot County. Before you groan, know this: it comes from Jason Katims, the man behind legitimately good shows Friday Night Lights and Parenthood. Imperioli will play a doctor, which will hopefully keep him off my TV chastising me for not drinking his crappy tequila. [TV Line]

... Cinemax's new pilot from Alan Ball, Banshee, has cast its lead: New Zealand's Antony Starr. The program follows an ex-con (Starr) who assumes the identity of a town sheriff. Also cast in the program is Demetrius Grosse, who plays Limehouse's henchman Errol in the current season of Justified. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Modern Family and human flotation device Sofia Vergara will be hosting the April 7 episode of Saturday Night Live with musical guest One Direction, some crappy band chicks in junior high school listen to. [EW]

... Mariana Klaveno, who had her neck twisted around in some kinky True Blood sex-making back when the show was still okay, has joined ABC's soap pilot Devious Maids. The show centers on maids in Beverly Hills. Also joining the show is Melrose Place alum Grant Show. [TV Line]

... Stockard Channing (The West Wing) and Kurt Fuller (Supernatural) have joined Mandy Moore in ABC's comedy pilot about a newlywed couple. Elsewhere, Jay Mohr (Suburgatory) has joined CBS' Applebaum, about a stay-at-home mom who becomes a private detective. [Deadline Hollywood]


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