News Briefs: The Voice Is Moving to the Fall

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NBC IS STICKING WITH THE HOT HAND NEWS

... NBC is in last place. NBC has a surprise hit in The Voice. Therefore, NBC is going to load up on The Voice as much as it can. The singing competition will be moved from its normal midseason slot to the fall for the 2012-2013 TV season, with all four judges returning for Season 3. After its post-Super Bowl boost, the show has gotten off to a tremendous start in Season 2, with last week's episode drawing more than 16 million viewers. NBC has yet to confirm the move, but given how desperate NBC is, we all knew it was coming. [The Wrap]


SAMCRO NEWS

... Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter has announced that the fifth season of his hit show will feature four new characters. One is the father of a woman Tig killed in Season 4, one is from a new gang/MC we've never seen, one is described as "hard, curvy, and very sexy," and one sounds like a total badass. Keep 'em coming, Kurt. [Sutterink]


HEY COMEDY CENTRAL HAS ANOTHER STAND-UP SHOW COMING NEWS

... Comedy Central has ordered eight episodes of Mash Up, a show featuring stand-up comedy and some material acted out as sketches. Comedian T.J. Miller will host. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING BONANZA NEWS

... Former Friends star Matthew Perry is returning to television after starring in ABC's failed Mr. Sunshine. Perry will recur on CBS's The Good Wife as... a lawyer! Look for Chandler to appear on the series starting March 25. [EW]

... Ugly Betty's Ana Ortiz has landed a role on Marc Cherry's Devious Maids. She'll play a Beverly Hills maid looking to help her son beat a murder charge. Heroes' Dania Ramirez has also been cast in the series. [Deadline Hollywood]

... The legendary Donald Sutherland is joining his son Kiefer at Fox. The elder Sutherland has been cast in the comedy pilot Living Loaded, about a man (Mike Vogel) who goes from hard-partying blogger (?) to NPR radio host. Sutherland will play the man's father and the general manager of the radio station. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Scott Speedman (Felicity) has joined ABC's pilot Last Resort. Created by Shawn Ryan (The Shield), the thriller follows a crew of a nuclear submarine that secedes from the United States after refusing an order to launch a nuclear missile. Speedman will play the second-in-command on the vessel that's long, hard, and full of seamen. Hee hee. Junior high school jokes are the best. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Eureka's Colin Ferguson is already back to work, signing on to star in Like Father. The Fox comedy pilot, from Cougar Town creator Bill Lawrence, follows a father who moves in with his son in a college apartment. [Deadline Hollywood]

... When ABC's pilot The Smart One cast Portia de Rossi as a woman who lives in the shadow of her hotter sister, I thought, "Boy oh boy, they're gonna have a hard time finding someone cuter than Portia!" But they did. Malin Ackerman (Childrens Hospital, The Watchmen) will play a woman who becomes the mayor of a city and gets help from her jealous and intellectually superior sister (de Rossi). [TV Line]


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