News Briefs: Justin Chatwin Isn't Retuning to Shameless

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SHAKEUP AT SHAMELESS

... Showtime's Shameless is going to be Justinless. Justin Chatwin, who plays Jimmy on the drama, will not be returning to the series, at least as a regular. There was no reason given for his departure, but producer John Wells did leave the possibility of a guest return open. The move is slightly odd, as Shameless increased its ratings in the third season, but his character Jimmy was [Season 3 spoiler alert!] possibly killed in the Season 3 finale (his fate was left ambiguous). In the U.K. series the show is based on, Jimmy apparently returns to Fiona, which makes sense because Fiona is really pretty. [THR]


BUSINESS TIME

... J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot production house has acquired the rights to The Twilight Zone writer Rod Serling's final unproduced screenplay, with the intention of developing it as a miniseries. We don't know what the screenplay is about, but we do know that it's called The Stops Along the Way and that this sounds like a great idea. [THR]


REALITY APOCALYPSE NEWS

... NBC's The Voice hit a series low for its Tuesday edition last night, notching a 3.0 in the adult demo. The latest cycle of America's Got Talent also premiered last night to a 3.1, the lowest premiere for the series yet. ABC's Extreme Weight Loss hit a 1.0, Fox's So You Think You Can Dance tallied a 1.6, and CBS's Brooklyn DA managed a 0.8, all down from previous weeks. I hope you don't think less of me when I say, "GOOD!" [TV By the Numbers]

... The 20th cycle of America's Next Top Model will crown its 20th "top model" who'll then fade into obscurity later this year. How later this year? Well, the new season starts on August 2! Also, the theme will be a guys vs. girls this time, and I hope they all still model women's clothes. [The CW via press release]


CASTING NEWS


... Bobby Cannavale is close to booking the lead for an upcoming HBO project from producers Martin Scorsese, Terence Winter, and Mick Jagger. Cannavale would play a record executive in the late '70s during the heyday of rock n' roll, disco, and hip hop hibbity hibbity hop you don't stop, when everyone snorted whatever was put in front of them. It'll be a reunion for Scorsese, Winter, and Cannavale, who worked together on Boardwalk Empire. This show will be a BLAST, and the Cannavale casting is spot on. [THR]

... There's a live episode of TV Land's Hot in Cleveland coming up (ummm, who asked for a live episode of Hot in Cleveland?), and it will bring a pair of guest-stars with it. William Shatner (Kirk!) and Brian Baumgartner (The Office) will participate in the Wednesday, June 19 live show, though details on their roles are still unknown. But apparently Betty White's character cuts in on some mob turf, so at least it has that going for it. [TV Land via press release]

... Jerry O'Connell is going to visit his wife at work. The Sliders star will guest-star on TNT's upcoming drama King & Maxwell, where his main squeeze Rebecca Romijn stars as a private investigator. O'Connell will also play a private dick, albeit one who isn't that great at his job. The series premieres on June 10, and O'Connell's episode will air in mid-July. O'Connell can also be seen on CBS this fall, in the network's new comedy We Are Men, or on the DVD box art for the complete series of The Defenders. [EW]

... The C. Thomas Howell comeback continues! Following stints on Alphas, Southland, and Revolution, Howell has found his latest stepping stone to the top in Sons of Anarchy. He'll join Season 6 as an ATF agent who may be a bit dirty. Shameless's Steve Howey will also be featured in the series. [TV Line]