News Briefs: ER's Julian Morris joins 24

... It's Alway Sunny in Philadelphia writers Sonny Lee and Patrick Walsh have sold a new comedy to ABC. Family Business "centers on a dysfunctional Midwestern family that tries to keep their grocery business afloat after being rocked by divorce." Last season, Lee wrote Sunny's "The Gang Solves the Gas Crisis," so we're hoping that his new show deals with similar themes of geopolitical conflict and racism. [Variety]

... 24 has added Rami Malek, Julian Morris, and Hrach Titizian to its season 8 cast. Malek will play a suicide bomber, Morris a CTU agent, and Titizian a security officer named Nabeel. Titzian played a different character in two episodes of Season 6; wxpect Jack Bauer to torture someone out of confusion. [THR]

... Remember when we said that Saturday Night Live would have six female cast members this year? Not so much. Casey Wilson and Michaela Watkins have been let go. In an interview with EW's Michael Ausiello, Watkins said, "It was a fantastic year. I don’t have any regrets." This is sad. Also, Darrell Hammond is still negotiating his contract for this year, and Don Pardo, SNL's announcer since the beginning, has retired. [Variety]

... Natalie Morales (the actress, not the Today Show host) has landed a regular role on USA's upcoming White Collar. Also on USA, Eric Lively (brother of Blake), Kari Matchett (Invasion), and Eion Bailey (hyena monster from Buffy) have joined new pilot Covert Affairs [THR]

... Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Russo (Empire Falls) is going to write an untitled drama for HBO based on David France's New York Magazine article about the Catskills gas rush. Executive producer Will Gluck calls it "There Will Be Blood: the New York edition." Milkshakes for everyone! [THR]

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