News Briefs: Kate Walsh Is Leaving Private Practice Next Season

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CASTING NEWS, ATTRACTIVE LADIES EDITION

... Private Practice should just pull the plug on itself. Kate Walsh, the actress who the Grey's Anatomy spin-off was built around, has said that the upcoming season will be her last. She made the announcement on the new talk show Bethenny, which means she can back out of the statement because I don't think anyone is watching that show. [TV Line]

... And the role of Lily Munster in Bryan Fuller's Munsters reboot Mockingbird Lane goes to... Portia de Rossi! The Arrested Development star has taken over the role from True Blood's Mariana Klaveno, who got stuck in her contract for Devious Maids, a pilot that ABC passed on but Lifetime is interested in. Love Portia. Love Fuller. Not sure if love Mockingbird Lane, though. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Dexter has landed one of the more sought-after free-agent actresses on the market right now. For a few episodes, at least. Yvonne Strahovski, last seen as Sarah on Chuck, will play a character with the most cliché, generic, and uninformative description ever. From Showtime: She'll play "the role of Hannah McKay, a strong, independent woman with a past that she's struggled to put behind her." [Showtime via press release]

... Scandal has promoted actress Bellamy Young to regular status for Season 2. Young plays first lady Mellie Grant on the ABC show. [THR]


BUSINESS TIME

... ABC Family's new series Bunheads (which is totally good, by the way) got off to an okay start, which is a nice way of saying its numbers weren't that great. Just shy of 1.7 million viewers tuned in, well below the network's hits. However, the show did face competition from the Stanley Cup Finals, because as we all know hockey fans are also big Gilmore Girls/ballet fans. [TV By the Numbers]

... A & E's four-hour thriller Coma has a premiere date: September 3! The show stars Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under) as a doctor who discovers shenanigans going on at her hospital as patients fall into comas. Geena Davis, James Woods, Richard Dreyfuss, and Ellen Burstyn also star. [Deadline Hollywood]

... TLC has renewed What Not to Wear for a tenth season, because YOU JUST CAN'T TAKE A HINT APPARENTLY! Seriously, plaid with stripes? Are you blind? [EW]


NEWS THAT DIDN'T BELONG ANYWHERE ELSE

... Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale has signed a record deal with Hollywood Records and will bludgeon you with melodies sometime next year. [Just Jared]


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