News Briefs: Henry Ian Cusick Isn't Returning to Scandal

CASTING NEWS

... It has not been a good couple of weeks to be a supporting cast member on an ABC drama! First, Private Practice parted ways with Tim Daly. Then Body of Proof booted three of its actors. Today, Scandal said goodbye to Henry Ian Cusick, who played Stephen Finch. The departure was described as amicable, but this can mean only one thing: ABC IS CLEARLY BROKE. The good news: now Cusick can join Fringe full-time as a super-future Fringe agent. [THR]

... No one wakes up in a field naked, smudged with dirt, and bloody like Kristen Hager, that tall blonde drink of water from Syfy's Being Human. And there's a good chance we'll be seeing more of Nora's post-wolf-out snuggle-ups because Hager's been promoted to series regular. Seeing as how every good episode of the last season featured her, this is a great thing. [THR]

... Actor journeyman Greg Grunberg has his next job: The former Heroes star will join ABC Family's Big Daddy for a guest role. The show, about a young guy who has to raise his daughter (who isn't named Hope but may as well be), will debut June 20. Grunberg will play the lead's absentee father. This show makes me not want to have kids. [TV Line]

... Professional basketball player and pro riot inciter Metta World Peace (formerly Ron Artest) will star in Lifetime's The Eleventh Victim, based on the book by Nancy Grace. Holy crap can this story get any weirder? Peace will play a detective alongside former Beverly Hills, 90210 actress Jennie Garth. Now would be a good time to buy that life insurance policy you've been thinking about, Jennie! [TV Guide]


BUSINESS TIME

... Cinemax's action series Strike Back has a return date, in case you are one of the few who have enough sense to watch this fun series. Season 2 will debut August 17 on Cinemax with back-to-back episodes. Plus, a special trailer will air this weekend after the Season 5 premiere of True Blood! [EW]

... Thanks to the miniseries Hatfields & McCoys, History won the week in ratings. OUT OF EVERYONE. The cable channel beat all broadcast and cable networks, averaging 6 million viewers in primetime to edge out CBS's 5.9 million. I know it's summer, but wowza! That's super-duper impressive, and the first time a cable channel has ever done that. [TV Guide]


JUST FOR ME NEWS

... Classic sitcom Get a Life, starring Chris Elliot, is finally coming to DVD on September 18. Hooray for me! [Laughspin]


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good he deserves to be in a better show than that crappy show scandal which i hope one day it will get cancelled
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How abouti if they kept Henry Ian Cussick as Finch, Himbo Manwhore Extraordinaire, and cancelled Scandal? That would be welcome news.
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Hope they bring back Henry Ian Cusick when a lawyer is needed.
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you had me at CottonAlfredo
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"The good news: now Cusick can join Fringe full-time as a super-future Fringe agent." - Oh hell yeah I'd say that's not just good news - that's great news! Hope it happens - I think it will - it now looks like it was meant to be. Woo-hoo!
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I don't think ABC is broke, he's character was just so useless. Besides, they upped to regular that other guy.
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Simon i s Free!!..i guess the letters finally reached ABC HQ!!
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Wow, an historical that tried sticking to history had high ratings - I bet other directors never saw that coming!



Just guessing that it being a mini-series might have given viewers hopes of not have a fave show canceled half-way through helped too.
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I refuse to watch new shows anymore because seems like whenever I like one it is canceled. So now I just wait till bored and find a show that was on for at least 3+ seasons and watch it online. Don't even use the tv for anything but sports anymore.
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Love Henry Ian Cusick, he is my favorite LOST character. The only reason I tuned into SCANDAL was him. I felt he was short changed in a role so beneath him. The man is awesome. I do hope he winds up on FRINGE but hope he gets his own series worthy of such a great actor.
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I'd like to be friends with this Chad guy.
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I honestly don't care that he's leaving, his character wasn't all that important. I did read that Joshua Malina is becoming a series regular though. As long as Kerry and Tony stay, it's all good.
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full-time.. for 13 episodes :D
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Henry Ian Cusick as Mance Ryder. It is known.
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Ron Artest... as a detective... LOL.
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No joke, I had a dream just a couple of hours ago where I met Chris Elliot!!! He isn't looking so good (in my dreams) :c
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Desmond bruthaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Like I've explained on many occasions, could you guys please f**k right off, because I'm running out of witty sh*t to post!
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But did you SEE the link? I'm just not sure if you saw that wheel of a deal of a link just yet.
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ABC needs to talk to Chad. Sounds like they could use some extra cash.
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Yay Nora!!!

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Wow....ABC really is broke, huh. But why must they screw up perfect casts?
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Viewers of BBCAmerica's Being Human knew it was time for Nora to be full time on SyFy's version.
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Yes! Free up Simon from the amber!
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man, i still remember the scene where he finally got in touch with Penny..



oh how i miss you LOST
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I'm sure the ability for Cusick to join a show that's only got 13 episodes left isn't good news to him.



I think the Hatfields and McCoys did well because there was just a lot of curiosity. People were wondering what the whole thing was about. It never really has been properly explored before.





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See ya on the other side, brutha....



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Excellent! I was just starting to wonder about Strike Back. And it's back to back episodes! I'm so excited that the wait till Aug. might kill me. I'm just gonna play a loop of the trailer for the next 2 months. That, and maybe I'll watch the DVDs over and over. As soon as fricking Amazon manages to get its shit together and send them to me even though I ordered them months ago.
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Hopefully Hatfields and McCoys success means we see more mini series on TV in the future.
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