News Briefs: Ray Romano is Headed to Parenthood


... Ray Romano, great in both Everybody Loves Raymond and Men of a Certain Age, will guest star on NBC's Parenthood for a multi-episode arc beginning with the fourth-season premiere. He'll play a photographer that tests the relationship between the older Sarah (Lauren Graham) and younger Mark (Jason Ritter). [NBC via press release]

... Mark Pellegrino, who's played big roles on sci-fi series Lost, Supernatural, and Being Human, will stick with the genre and head over to Grimm for Season 2. He'll play Jarold Kempfer, a buddy of Hank's that also happens to be a coyote-like creature. Maybe this time Pellegrino's character won't be a figment of someone's imagination. MAYBE. [TV Line]

... Oh this should be good. Tim and Eric's Tim Heidecker is guest starring on Workaholics as a faith-based power lifter. That is so tight butthole as those weedheads would say. [EW]

... NCIS, this little show that you've never heard of, has promoted Brian Dietzen to series regular. His character Jimmy Palmer is the medical assistant to Ducky Mallard. You go, Autopsy Gremlin! Way to celebrate your wedding. [EW]

... Being Human, the Syfy one, will welcome Xander Berkeley (Nikita) to its cast next season. He'll play the dad of Brynn and Connor, the weredouches that ran into trouble with Aidan last season, and become a mentor to new wolf Nora, who was just upped to regular cast member status. [Deadline Hollywood]

... NBC is putting together Stars Earn Stripes, a reality competition where celebrities are put through tough military training exercises, and now we know who will be participating. Boxer Laila Ali, Dean Cain, Terry Crews, Nick Lachey, Todd Palin (Sarah's husband), Picabo Street, WWE star Eve Torres, and Biggest Loser trainer Dolvett Quince will all pair up with pro soldiers in drills that include shooting, jumping out of helicopters, and invading small village nations. Look for it on August 13. [NBC via press release]


... Fringe has famously survived on two showrunners throughout its last several seasons, but it will be down to one when its final season begins in September. Jeff Pinkner has decided to leave the show to start on new projects. Reports are that his departure was friendly. Don't worry, Fringe fans. The show is still in the great hands of J.H. Wyman. [TV Guide]

... Disney Junior has ordered the animated series 7D, about the seven dwarves. In it, new takes on Snow White's slaves will protect their kingdom from some likely regular-sized bad guys. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Comic-Con has added some more panels. Community will be heading down to San Diego, date to be announced later. HBO has also given word that both True Blood and Game of Thrones will be in attendance, with the former in the much-too-small-for-it Ballroom 20 on Saturday and the latter in the big-as-Westeros Hall H on Friday. [TV Line / HBO via press release]

... Everybody, sing it with me! "I'll be there for bluuuuuuu! Ray, that is!" The complete Friends collection will get the 720p treatment from Warner Bros. Home Video this November. The set will include all 236 episodes, 17 hours of special features, and might just cost you a few month's rent. [TV Guide]

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