News Briefs: Susan Sarandon Is Heading to Mike & Molly

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... Mike & Molly is adding some star power via Academy Award-winner Susan Sarandon, who will guest-star as JC Small, a literary icon and an idol of Molly’s. She's described as being "part JD Salinger, with a touch William Faulkner and a sprinkle of Gore Vidal." [CBS via press release]


... TNT has ordered 10 episodes of the Steven Bochco-created drama series Murder in the First. It stars Taye Diggs (who recently landed a guest spot on New Girl) and Kathleen Robertson as homicide detectives investigating the murder of an apparent drug addict. Much like The KillingThe Bridge, and Broadchurch, the series will take on one case per season. Because that really seems to be working out so well for the majority of the series that attempt it. [TNT via press release]

... I know you guys are all going to be really upset, but 60 Minutes will be preempted on Sunday for a late afternoon football game and the Emmy Awards. [CBS via press release]

... NBC is developing a miniseries about the legendary Johnny Carson. It'll be adapted from Bill Zehme’s upcoming Carson biography, Carson the Magnificent, which is cool and all, but at what point do we say oy with the miniseries already?! Miniseries used to be special projects, but now it seems like there's a new one being announced every other day, and you just know half of them are going to be terrible. [NBC via press release]

... See? What did I tell you? Now Spike TV is developing a miniseries about King Tut. When will it end? [Deadline]

... E! has canceled Ryan Lochte's reality series, What Would Ryan Lochte Do?. I think I speak for everyone when I say IT'S ABOUT TIME, amirite? [TV Line]


... Janina Gavankar (all the TV shows) and Khary Payton (General Hospital) have signed on to star opposite Ben Rappaport in USA's new comedy pilot Love Is Dead, about a romance in reverse, starting with the break-up. [Deadline]

... Adam Pally of the groundbreaking series Happy Endings has been upped to a series regular on The Mindy Project. His character, Peter, is the newest ob-gyn in Mindy's practice. Pally's first episode is slated for October 1. [Deadline]

... Beth Riesgraf (Leverage) has landed a role on ABC's Tricia Helfer-fronted midseason drama Killer Women. She'll appear in the second episode as Jennifer Jennings (that's unfortunate), an interior decorator who has a secret side-business that may or may not involve murdering people. I don't know, it wasn't really all that clear. [TV Line]

... Enlisted, which was recently moved to midseason, has cast Stacy Keach (Prison Break), Dean Stockwell (Battlestar Galactica), and Barry Bostwick (Spin City) as a trio of army veterans who return to the base for a funeral. It eventually becomes clear they're the older versions of the Hill brothers, played by Geoff Stults, Chris Lowell, and Parker Young. [TV Line]


... The third season of Sherlock is actually happening. It's not just something we all collectively made up in our heads. Look at these behind-the-scenes photos if you need actual proof! [Radio Times]

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