News Briefs: Patricia Arquette Is Headed to Boardwalk Empire

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... Boardwalk Empire is adding Medium star Patricia Arquette to its cast in a major recurring role for Season 4. She'll play a speakeasy owner who tangles with Nucky. [Deadline Hollywood]

... The Following's Jennifer Ferrin is joining the third season of AMC's Hell on Wheels as a regular. She'll play a New York journalist sent to cover the building of the railroad. You know what Hell on Wheels needs more of? Edgar Allen Poe! [TV Line]

... Carrie Mathison will just have to clean out her own refrigerator on the next season of Homeland. Actor David Marciano, who played snoop-for-hire Virgil in the first two seasons, is leaving the show to write and produce his own project. While Marciano will no longer be a regular on the series (he was promoted to that status in Season 2), he could recur as a guest star. Marciano's new project is a drama about a criminal enterprise that operates out of a prison, and it's currently being shopped around to networks. No word on Virgil's partner Max! [Deadline Hollywood]

... Prolific and versatile actress Alfre Woodard is joining the next season of BBC America's Copper. She'll play Hattie Lemaster, a former slave who's looking to start things over in the Five Points. [BBC America via press release]


... Comedy Central has ordered eight episodes of Adam Devine's House Party, a standup showcase hosted by Workaholics star Adam Devine. Devine, who played Jeff Winger's half-brother in a recent episode of Community and is generally hilarious, is setting the show in a Hollywood mansion and will give 24 of his friends a chance to make you laugh. Look for it in the fall. [Comedy Central via press release]

... Revenge is planning on killing off one of its main characters in the upcoming Season 2 finale! If we all cross our fingers and pray, maybe we can will it to be Declan. [TV Line]

... Another day, another History miniseries in development. This time, the network that brought you The Bible and Hatfields & McCoys is fictionalizing the Revolutionary War in Sons of Liberty. The series would follow Samuel Adams, John Adams, John Hancock, Paul Revere, and that turncoat Benedict Arnold. Yesterday, the network announced that it's working on a Harry Houdini miniseries starring Adrien Brody. [THR]

... Stay busy, Ryan Murphy. The Glee, American Horror Story, and The New Normal creator has another show in the works, this time at HBO. Details are scarce, but the pilot, titled Open, takes a look at modern human sexuality and relationships. It's being co-written by Dexter's Lauren Gussis. Hey Murph, how about leaving some of Hollywood for the rest of us? [Deadline Hollywood]

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