News Briefs: Kevin Bacon Joins Fox's Serial Killer Pilot

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SIX DEGREES NEWS

... Kevin Bacon, who is totally a friend of a friend of a friend of mine, has been cast as the lead in Fox's upcoming untitled drama from Kevin Williamson, creator of The Vampire Diaries and Dawson's Creek. Bacon will play a retired FBI agent in pursuit of a serial killer who's has formed a legion of other killers using technology. You mean like a Facebook group? Bacon's deal is an unusual one; in order to free up time to continue starring in movies, he's only committed to appearing in 15 episodes. Does that mean Fox runs seven episodes without Bacon and sticks to the normal 22-episode season, or does it totally turn TV on its head and air a 15-episode season? [Deadline Hollywood]


WHAT'S AIRING WHEN NEWS

... CBS has finally announced a premiere date for the Robert DeNiro-produced police drama The 2-2 (formerly Rookies). Look for it on Sundays at 10pm starting on April 15. [Deadline Hollywood]

... The sixth season of Lifetime's Army Wives will start on March 4! I don't know anyone who has seen this show. It's like the Sasquatch of television. Does it even exist? [THR]


BIG DECISIONS NEWS

... ABC has ordered two more pilots. Malibu Country, a multi-camera comedy, will star Reba McEntire as a country singer who divorces her husband and moves to Malibu to get her career going. Prairie Dogs is a single-camera comedy about a cubicle-dweller who has his identity stolen by a thief who creates a much more interesting life with the stolen name than the real guy ever had. [THR]

... Spike TV has renewed Flip Men for a second season. It's about two guys who scoop up foreclosed houses, spruce 'em up, and resell 'em. What an honest way to make a living. [Broadcasting & Cable]


CASTING NEWS

... Once Upon a Time has recruited an Oscar nominee to play the mother of the Evil Queen. Barbara Hershey (Hannah and Her Sisters) will join the cast later this season for multiple episodes, with an option to return for Season 2 if the show makes it that far. (It will.) [TV Line]

... Supernatural is welcoming back a demonic presence. Rachel Miner, who plays the latest meatsuit for demon Meg, will return to the series sometime in the future. Miner was recently seen on Sons of Anarchy as Tig's daughter. [TV Line]

... Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston is dropping by Modern Family, but not to add another acting trophy to his crowded mantle. Cranston will direct an upcoming episode of the ABC comedy. Cranston is no stranger to that side of the camera; he's directed a few episodes of Breaking Bad and a handful of Malcolm in the Middle episodes. [TV Line]


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