News Briefs: Uma Thurman Joins NBC's Smash

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STAR POWER!

... NBC's upcoming musical drama Smash already has a thousand beehives' worth of buzz, and it's just earned more. The midseason show has added Uma Thurman for a five-episode arc as a feisty and difficult-to-work-with movie star. The show, which is looking destined to be a hit, debuts February 6. Quick question: Uma Thurman... HOT OR NOT? [NBC, via press release]


SCHEDULE ADJUSTMENTS AND FINALIZATIONS

... USA has pushed back the debut of Common Law, a buddy cop show where the cops go to couples counseling. USA Network recently announced a January debut, but now feels the show will do better in the summer. [Deadline Hollywood]

... PaleyFest, which is quickly becoming one of TV's biggest events, has added panels for Two and a Half Men, Sons of Anarchy, and Once Upon a Time. Previously announced panels include Modern Family, American Horror Story, and Mad Men. PaleyFest is set to take place in Los Angeles in early March. [THR]


DEVELOPMENT DEALING AND WHEELING

... The Office showrunner Greg Daniels is developing two new animated comedy projects for NBC. One, about a girls' high school volleyball team, will be co-written by Office star and writer Mindy Kaling. The other, about twentysomethings living in L.A.'s Hancock Park, will be co-written by Parks and Recreation writer Alan Yang. The real question is: Does NBC really need to get into animation? [Deadline Hollywood]

... HBO is close to ordering a pilot for The Viagra Diaries starring Goldie Hawn as an older woman who is suddenly divorced after her husband runs off. It's based on the book of the same name. [Deadline Hollywood]


THE REST OF TODAY'S CASTING NEWS

... Parks and Recreation stars Aziz Ansari and Nick Offerman will do voice work for Fox's Bob's Burgers. Aziz will play a teenage gamer, and Nick will play an aging hippie weed farmer. Combine them both and you have my dream job. [EW]

... Ed Asner will drop by Hawaii Five-0 to reprise his role as August March, the character he played 36 years ago on the original! HOW COOL IS THAT!? The show is even going to use footage from his original appearance! Old people are so cool. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Modern Family will welcome Bobby Cannavale as a guest star. He'll play the former clown partner of Cameron's Fizbo. If you don't know who Cannavale is, go watch the movie Win Win. It's one of the year's best. [TV Line]


KARMA NEWS

... Former Mr. Spears and current Mr. Arby's Kevin Federline was filming the Australian version of Celebrity Fit Club when he collapsed from heat exhaustion. Poor Kevin. He's had such a hard life. [US Magazine]


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