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News Briefs: Jimmy Smits Joins Sons of Anarchy


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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Royal Pains: Kinda surprised they're bringing Boris and Paige on full-time since Boris sat a lot of this season out, and Paige was going on a long trip at the end of this season.
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Jimmy Smits was pretty cool on Dexter, so I could see him being pretty cool with SOA. Sounds like similar roles though... except Jax isn't a serial killer.
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I liked Bent it was funny unlike alot of things on NBC these days they made a mistake in bringing it without no advertising or nothing and midseason premiere after Are You There Chelsea are u kidding me no one watches that show and u want them to watch a show after it.
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Now we need to get USA's White Collar to give Sharif Atkins a promotion to regular. He's been on more episodes than even Thiessen or Thamason. That redhead comes on three episodes and they make her a regular, but she only came back about twice after that. I wonder if that must have been insulting to him. Of course, he could be getting paid enough not to care, but I think it disrespects him after all this time not to.
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Jimmy Smits on SOA. I am still conflicted with SOA given the BS finale.
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I love David Walton, will someone please give him a (successful) starring role?!
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ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzz
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JIMMY SMITS on SOA - Season 5 is going to be epicly awesome.
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remember when MTV (Music Television) actually played music videos? Even when they added a news program it was still all about music and musicians. sigh.
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The new was all i watched plus House of Style, the rare show that featured only new videos, so ya didn't have to sit through junk all day to catch them, Headbanger's Ball, an unplugged performance or two, and them Live Aid type concerts. Back then they had something called rock and roll or heavy metal too.



sigh - I am old now...
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