PAPERWORK NEWS

... NCIS has inked deals with the five cast members whose contracts expire this spring, making it a full house for Season 12. Sean Murray, Pauley Perrette, David McCallum, Rocky Carroll, and Michael Weatherly have all agreed to deals that include Seasons 12 and 13. The rest of the cast was already booked to return, and Ziva still isn't on the show anymore, sorry. [TV Line]


BUSINESS TIME

... SpikeTV has ordered the six-hour event series Tut, a drama about the famed Egyptian pharaoh King Tut, with a target premiere date of 2015. SpikeTV is making a period drama about an ancient Egyptian king? What the hell is SpikeTV thinking, anyone know? [Deadline]

... CW Seed, the digital studio attached to The CW, has announced a handful of new digital series for the summer: the previously teased Veronica Mars spin-off Play It Again, Dick; an untitled comedy about a friendship that's tested when one friend starts dating the other's mom; a talk show called The Kelly Cutrone Project; and The Real Backpackers, a companion piece to the upcoming CW series (and former digital series) Backpackers. Additionally, CW Seed will bring back HusbandsThe P.E.T. Squad Files, Very Mallory, and CelebTV. And debuting today are L.A. Rangers, about two park rangers who live out their fantasies in dreams, and Whose Line Is It Minis, mini episodes of Whose Line Is It Anyway?. [CW Seed via press release] 

... Adult Swim has greenlighted a live-action show from The Office's John Krasinski called Dream Corp LLC. The show will feature rotoscoping (the animation from Waking Life) and follow a group of scientists who run a virtual reality program that allows users to simulate their wildest dreams. [Deadline]

... Hallmark Channel has ordered a second season of When Calls the Heart, which might be the most Hallmark-sounding name for a Hallmark Channel show ever. It's about a young woman who starts a new chapter in her life in a 19th century coal-mining town and it stars Daniel Lissing from Last Resort, which I find kind of funny. [Deadline]



CASTING NEWS

... Seth Gilliam (The Wire) is joining The Walking Dead next season. He'll play... well, we don't know who he'll play because the casting details are being kept a secret. But The Hollywood Reporter thinks he'll be thrown into the role of Gabriel Stokes, a preacher from the comics. Gilliam is the third Wire actor to be cast on The Walking Dead after Chad Coleman (Tyreese) and Lary Gilliard Jr. (Bob). [THR]

... Ridiculous summer soap Mistresses has cast Emmy nominee John Heard as the father of Alyssa Milano's character Savi. Heard's career has gone from Home Alone to Sharknado to Mistresses. That's quite a career, Mr. Heard. [TVLine]

... Dreama Walker (the non-B from Apartment 23) will star in the Amazon pilot Cocked opposite True Blood's Sam Trammell. She'll play the illegitimate daughter of Trammell's character's father on the drama about gun-manufacturing companies. [Deadline]


BONUS VIDEO ROUND

... Here's the trailer for Disney XD's Star Wars Rebels!



OTHER RECENT STORIES YOU MAY HAVE MISSED ON TV.COM

... HBO officially ordered a new season of Lisa Kudrow's The Comeback.

... Netflix ordered a third season of Orange Is the New Black before Season 2 even starts! OITNB also won a GLAAD Award.

... Yes ANOTHER renewal. This time it was WGN America wanting more Salem

... Batman universe news: Fox has ordered the James Gordon-centric Gotham to series. And there's a trailer!

... Coach is coming back for more! Damon Wayans Jr. has been promoted to series regular for New Girl's fourth season.