News Briefs: Chris Meloni Is Returning to TV... on a Sitcom

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CASTING NEWS

... Christopher Meloni will star in the Fox comedy pilot I Suck at Girls, based on a book written by the guy who squatted down and gave us S#*! My Dad Says. Meloni, best known for his many seasons on Law & Order: SVU, will play a man who is forced to take a more active role in his kids' lives when his wife enrolls in law school. The comedy is being produced by Bill Lawrence (Scrubs), which I suppose is a bonus for some people. [TV Line]

... I'm putting this in here because I love her. Jasika Nicole, who played Astrid on Fox's Fringe, will make a guest appearance on ABC's Scandal. We don't know who she'll play, but we know she'll appear in the 19th episode of this season. Is this the right place to say that I think Scandal is actually kind of good even though I've only seen one episode? [Shonda Rhimes' Twitter]

... Cinemax's Strike Back has added to its cast. Dougray Scott (Desperate Housewives) will join Season 3 as a rogue operative (obviously). Milauna Jackson and Robson Green have also signed on for Season 3. [Cinemax via press release]

... Mandy Moore will get a series one of these days, dammit. Now she's on board the CBS drama pilot The Advocates, playing a lawyer who teams up with an ex-con (Ben McKenzie) to fight for the little guys who need help more than most. Moore was recently booted off the ABC redo of Pulling, where she was replaced by Kristen Schaal. [Deadline Hollywood]

... And your host of GSN's revival of Minute to Win It is... Apolo Anton Ohno! [GSN via press release]

BEHIND-THE-CAMERA NEWS

... The Walking Dead's Glen Mazzara, who was recently kicked off the show by AMC, has landed safely at Fox TV Studios. Mazzara has signed a deal to develop cable series through his new production company. This means Mazzara, who was responsible for The Walking Dead's big turnaround (and also its current lull), could end up with some shows on FX, where he worked on The Shield for six years. [Deadline Hollywood]

... I don't normally write anything about television directors in News Briefs, because directors: overpaid do-nothings, RIGHT? But this is an exception because the guy I'm about to mention just won an Academy Award for doing his thing. Life of Pi director Ang Lee will helm FX's drama pilot Tyrant, a politically tinged show following a family of Americans that get drawn into the affairs of the Middle East. Lee will also produce the series, joining Homeland producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff and Six Feet Under producer Craig Wright in the credits. This is almost a shoo-in for a series order. [Deadline Hollywood]


THE LEFTOVERS

... Netflix has finally secured its deal with AMC for the upcoming new season of The Killing. The streaming video service will get all episodes of the drama three months after the Season 3 finale airs on AMC. Netflix was rumored to be resurrecting the show as an exclusive before AMC stepped in and grabbed it for itself. [Deadline Hollywood]



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