News Briefs: Claire Holt Joins The CW's Vampire Diaries Spin-off


... The CW's spin-off of The Vampire Diaries is keeping its originals for The Originals. Claire Holt has signed on to reprise her role as Rebekah, Klaus's vampy sister. She joins Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, and Phoebe Tonkin as the core four. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Private Practice star KaDee Strickland has joined NBC's pilot Bloodline. The drama follows a girl caught between a pair of feuding families in the modern suburbs. Strickland will play the girl's mom. Oh, and she's destined to be killed by her daughter. [TV Guide]

... Nick Gomez, who played sneaky con Tomas on The Walking Dead, will next appear on Dexter. He'll play a hitman who tangles with Deb. [TV Line]

... CBS's drama pilot Hostages is putting together quite the formidable cast. Dylan McDermott, recently seen chopping people up and masturbating in American Horror Story, has landed the male lead in the series opposite Toni Collette, who plays a surgeon who's ordered to operate on the president but ends up getting wrapped in a crazy conspiracy that somehow involves the kidnapping of her family. McDermott will play an FBI agent. Whether or not he masturbates on office furniture is TBD but I'm leaning yes. [Deadline Hollywood]

... That dancing maniac Jennifer Beals has signed on to the ABC drama pilot Venice. She'll play the matriarch of a family in this modern-day take on Romeo & Juliet. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Virginia Madsen has joined NBC's update on the classic tale of the Hatfields and the McCoys, cleverly titled Hatfields & McCoys. She'll play the momma of the McCoys. [TV Guide]


... AMC is developing an adaptation of the Dan Simmons novel The Terror, a very scary book! Set in 1847, the show would follow a Royal Navy expedition as it explores the arctic, but instead finds a very scary monster that wants to eat everyone! This sounds very scary and I want it now! [Deadline Hollywood]


... ABC Family has scooped up two more reality shows, Dancing Fools and The Vineyard. There are no details on Dancing Fools except that it's an unscripted comedy hosted by Baby Daddy star Melissa Peterman, but given the title Dancing Fools I'm going to take a guess and say it will feature people wearing dunce caps. The Vineyard stinks of MTV, with a group of 20-somethings living in Martha's Vineyard and groping each other near a pile of empty Corona Light bottles and discarded capri pants. Both shows are set for a summer debut. [ABC Family via press release]

... Prepare to kill yourselves, because VH1 has ordered Wicked Single, a reality show that follows young Bostonites looking for love. Of course it airs March 17, St. Patrick's Day, so grab your green Red Sox cap, put it on backwards, and drive off a cliff. [VH1 via press release]

... Everyone else is using this line, so I may as well too. The Jeff Probst Show has been voted off the island after one season. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Ryan Seacrest has teamed with A & E for a docu-series titled Montecito. Set in the California town, it will follow rich ladies who might be getting more than dancing lessons from their ballroom dancing coaches if you know what I mean. (I mean boning.) Look for six episodes later this year. [THR]

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