News Briefs: Joss Whedon's S.H.I.E.L.D. Casts Ming-Na

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CASTING COMES FIRST TODAY

... Joss Whedon's potential ABC drama Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D., hot off the success of Whedon's film The Avengers, has cast another agent. Following the news that Clark Gregg would reprise his role as Agent Phil Coulson, ER's Ming-Na Wen has signed on to play Agent Melinda May. May is described as a dang good pilot and a weapons expert. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Rescue Me's Adam Ferrera will recur on Showtime's Nurse Jackie. Ferrera will play a cop and potential love interest for the titular pill-popper. [TV Line]

... The Vampire Diaries has finally found Bonnie's dad Rudy. Actor Rick Worthy will play the witch's father and show up in the tenth episode. You'll recognize Worthy from Supernatural—in which he played the Alpha Vampire—Heroes, and Battlestar Galactica. [TV Guide]

... The Big Bang Theory's Penny is getting a new classmate. Ryan Cartwright, who is currently killing it as Gary on Syfy's Alphas, will guest-star as Cole, a school buddy who befriends Penny and makes Leonard jealous. How awesome would it be if Gary sat in Sheldon's spot on the couch? [THR]

... Conan O'Brien and Andy Richter will both guest-star on Netflix's revival of Arrested Development. Their roles have not been disclosed, but Richter previously appeared on the original run as identical quintuplets. [TV Guide]

... Actress Garcelle Beauvais has been let go (freed) from her gig on TNT's Franklin & Bash, where she plays played Hannah. Apparently the news was a shock to her too, as she said she was "stunned" in a tweet. Make that #stunned. [TV Line]


YOUR DAILY SCRIPT ORDER NEWS

... NBC has ordered five more scripts of its comedy... Guys With Kids. It's a sign that NBC isn't ready to cancel the show, and now that Whitney is on deck to share its hour-long block on Wednesdays, Guys With Kids may stick around for a while. Guys With Kids is about guys with kids. [THR]


FAMOUS PEOPLE SELLING PROJECTS TO NETWORKS NEWS

... Charlize Theron, who is alright looking, is developing The Clan at ABC. The drama is set in the medieval Scotland Highlands and follows various clans as they fight each other and also vikings. I'm assuming the executive who bought this just dreamily nodded at Theron as she said whatever she said and then just handed Theron a suitcase full of cash. [The Wrap]

... Zach Braff has also sold a project to ABC, a comedy called Garage Bar. The sitcom follows a group of friends whose lives change when one becomes a pop star. I'm assuming Braff put on a blonde wig and pretended to be Charlize Theron, but instead he had to give an actual pitch with slides and everything. Nice try, Braff! [Deadline Hollywood]

... The Daily Show's Jason Jones will topline a new untitled comedy project at Fox produced by Steve Carell. Jones will play a rich, family-free bachelor in New York who ends up with a couple kids when his sister is called into active duty. How does this not have a title? Guy With Kids, it's easy! [Deadline Hollywood]

... The American adaptation of the Australian dramedy Rake has found a home at Fox. As previously reported, Greg Kinnear will star in the project about a loud-mouthed criminal defense lawyer. [Deadline Hollywood]


NOW I CAN FINALLY WATCH THE VAMPIRE DIARIES NEWS

... Yes! The CW is putting its stuff on Comcast's Xfinity On Demand starting tomorrow. The last four episodes of its programs will be available for free, so you can finally get your Beauty And the Beast on! CBS is now the only holdout among the major networks to not put its programming on America's largest cable company's streaming service. [Comcast via press release]

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