News Briefs: The CW Announces Its Midseason Schedule, Including One Tree Hill's Return

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BIG NEWS

... You've been waiting for The CW to tell you when The Vampire Diaries is coming back after its winter hiatus so you can plan your holiday travels. Well, now you can book that Amtrak ticket or reserve that horse-drawn carriage for January 5, because The CW has announced its midseason schedule! Highlights include The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle returning on January 5, One Tree Hill kicking off its final season on January 11, and new show Remodeled debuting on January 18. I didn't forget about you, Supernatural fans: Look for Sam and Dean to return January 6. [Deadline Hollywood]

... And I didn't forget about you, The Bachelor fans! Ben Flajnik will try to find love with random sexy strangers beginning on January 2. [Zap 2 It]

... And I didn't forget about you, Jersey Shore fans! Season 5 of MTV's lovable drunkards-and-a--holes reality show premieres January 5, even though Season 4 ended like three minutes ago. After a season in Italy, the orange Faux-talians will return home to do fake stuff in New Jersey. [EW]

... Family Feud has been renewed through 2015. Survey says: Slow News Day. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... Mary Steenburgen will guest-star on 30 Rock as the excitable mother of fellow guest-star Elizabeth Banks' character, Avery. NBC has yet to schedule 30 Rock's return, but the show is expected to come back sometime in the midseason. [EW]

... Suburgatory has promoted Ana Gasteyer to series regular, because she's perfect on the show. Gasteyer plays George and Tessa's nosy, well-intentioned neighbor, Sheila. [EW]

... True Blood is adding another sexy Northman. The vampire drama—well, let's call it a soap—has cast Nora, Eric's sister. British actress Lucy Griffiths, who you may know as Maid Marian from the BBC's Robin Hood, has nabbed the role and will be a regular next season. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Charisma Carpenter, who recently played a witch on Supernatural, continues to make the rounds as a guest star. Her next stop will be on ABC Family's The Lying Game, where she'll play the sister of Phyllis, Char's mom. [TV Guide]

... Hickory dickory dope. Andrew Dice Clay is guest-starring on Raising Hope. Ask your dad if you don't understand that, kids. [TV Guide]


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