News Briefs: Wilfred Fetches Smallville's Allison Mack


... Smallville's fan favorite cast member Allison Mack is finally returning to television, and she's found a pretty cool show on which to do so. Mack, who played Chloe Sullivan on the long-running CW series, will join FX's dark comedy Wilfred in a major recurring role. She'll play a romantic interest for Elijah Wood's character, Ryan. What a perfect role for her. I approve! [TV Line]

... NBC's Munsters reboot from Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller is still very much alive. Called Mockingbird Lane, after the street that the original show took place on, the dramedy has brought on comedian Eddie Izzard to produce and star as Grandpa, the horny old vamp and patriarch of the family of monsters. This pilot just went from "snooze" to "hmmmm" on my radar. [Deadline Hollywood]

... This news kind of makes me want to vomit, but I'll try and hold it in for you. Adam Levine, frontman for "rock" band Maroon 5 and judge on The Voice, is a signature away from booking a role on FX's American Horror Story. It will be his acting debut and my throwing-my-TV-out-the-window debut. [EW]

... Abby Elliott, who I can't mention without saying how adorable she is, recently landed the lead role in the Fox comedy pilot Ned Fox Is My Manny providing her with an escape route from Saturday Night Live. However, producers have decided she's not right for the role and booted her from the project. She'll remain at SNL. Into my comforting arms, Abby. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Olivia Wilde will return to House for the series finale, which airs on May 21. [TV Line]

... Actor Jason O'Mara, who was last seen chasing flying iguanas and singing anti-spider songs on Terra Nova, finally has a role in a show that has real promise. He's joining CBS's drama about real-life sheriff Ralph Lamb, who battled mobsters in Las Vegas in the 1960s. The high-profile project already has a solid cast, including Dennis Quaid as Lamb, Michael Chiklis as a mean mobster, and Carrie-Anne Moss as an ADA. O'Mara, who I actually like, will play Lamb's younger bro. [Deadline Hollywood]

... How does Chuck Lorre REALLY feel about Charlie Sheen? He's cast Kathy Bates as the ghost of Sheen's character Charlie Harper in the April 30 episode of Two and a Half Men. Ouch. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Eureka's Salli Richardson and Community's Greg Cromer have joined NBC's comedy pilot Downwardly Mobile. The show stars Roseanne Barr and John Goodman as people who live in a trailer park. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Law & Order: SVU's Stephanie March has jumped aboard CBS's drama pilot Baby Big Shot, about a street-wise woman (Janet Montgomery) who makes leaps and bounds in the legal world. March will play an associate at the firm where the show takes place who isn't too keen on the new girl. [Deadline Hollywood]


... Dancing With the Stars returned last night, and it had its worst debut ever, ratings-wise. Still, 18.5 million viewers tuned in to watch quasi-celebs dance, good for a 3.5 rating in the important adult demo. That's down almost a third from a year ago. [EW]


... TBS has announced the premiere dates for new comedies Men At Work (May 24, 10pm) and Sullivan & Son (July 19). Men At Work is about four buddies who work at a magazine and Sullivan & Sons follows a man who returns to Pittsburgh to take over the family bar. [TBS via press release]

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