News Briefs: Jimmy Smits Joins Sons of Anarchy

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Do you remember when Jimmy Smits was on Outlaw? Congrats! You're the only one. Even Smits doesn't remember that gig.

CASTING NEWS

... Jimmy Smits (NYPD Blue) is joining SAMCRO! The Emmy nominee will star in the fifth season of FX's Sons of Anarchy in a major role. He'll play a dangerous Latino gangster who becomes a mentor to Jax. I'm sure this will go great! [Deadline Hollywood]

... Will someone please give Battlestar Galactica's Tahmoh Penikett a starring role so he can stop doing all these guest spots? Until then, we'll look forward to seeing him on Castle, where he'll play a bad military guy in the season finale on May 7. [TV Line]

... CSI will welcome former Frasier star Peri Gilpin for a major role. She'll play the wife of Ted Danson's character D.B. Russell starting in the season finale, and return next season for multiple episodes. I hope she shows up in the series and just nags him to tears. Wives, am I right? [TV Line]

... Think of NBC's Bent as a six-episode screen test for star David Walton. Since NBC wanted NOTHING to do with Bent and burned it off in three weeks, Walton has found new work at CBS. He'll star in the untitled comedy pilot about a man who realizes his female best friend is his soulmate. Problem is, she's already engaged to a guy he approves of. We've all been there, right fellas? Solution: Kill the guy. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Royal Pains has doled out some promotions to its cast members. Both Campbell Scott and Brooke D'Orsay will jump from recurring status to regulars. Enjoy your health benefits, guys! [TV Guide]

.. Matt Lauer has signed a new multi-year deal with NBC to stay on board as the host of Today. The details will be released tomorrow, but insiders are saying it's a "long-term" thing. [NY Times]


SILLY NEW SHOW ALERT

... Comedy Central has requested a pilot presentation for Drunk History Across America, the Funny or Die web series that's been passed around by your coworkers. The premise is simple, someone gets drunk (or pretends to get drunk) and explain a few historical moments. This sounds like a great idea for one three-minute episode. [Deadline Hollywood]


TRASHY NEWS

... Kim Kardashian is now dating Kanye West, apparently. These two deserve each other. [TMZ]

... MTV is CLASSY, you guys. The network is asking the stars of its Teen Mom series to not get breast implants. But please, keep on having underage sex so MTV can exploit you. [Radar Online]


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