News Briefs: Wilfred Fetches Smallville's Allison Mack

LOTS OF GOOD CASTING NEWS

... 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]


REALITY TV IS DYING FINALLY NEWS

... 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]


SCHEDULING NEWS

... 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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Wilfred. :)

How can you not love a show with a Hobbit who gets brain banged by a guy in a dog suit.

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A lot of interesting news (nice to see Allison Mack returning), but Kathy Bates as Charlie Harper's ghost? What does that even mean??



Men At Work looks embarrassingly bad even for TBS.
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Lorre & Sheen!! I hope these two continue this war FOREVER!! Always good for a laugh!
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:O Roseanne and John Goodman back together on a new show? Hell yeah! :D
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Vegas. Rodeo star. Mobsters.



May I quote the great Johnny Cash?



"I hear the train-wreck a comin'; it's rollin' 'round the bend,

And I ain't seen the sunshine since I don't know when..."
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Looking forward to seeing Allison Mack back on TV. lt helps that she'll be in a show that I like too:-)



Hey Tim, what do you have against Adam Levine?? Or is it just musicians trying to act in general that you don't like?
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Good for Allison, though I wish she landed a lead or supporting role on something. Major recurring can mean anything (3 episodes, 5, 10, etc).



Honestly, she was the best part of Smallville. And for a couple of seasons, the ONLY good thing on the show.



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The casting of Downwardly Mobile makes it sound like Rosanne clone. And what do you want to bet that the trailer will be far larger than any trailer that could possibly fit on the road? If you thought the apartment in Friends was abnormally large, imagine a trailer.

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So happy for Allison Mack can't wait to see her again on TV.
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Allison Mack on Wilfred? Excellent. I've always thought she is a great actress, and it's a shame for us viewers that she hasn't had more roles on screen lately. Apparently she is also very nice and down to earth in person. And who can resist that smile of hers?
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Wilfred is such a weird show. I don't know if I like it but I really love it.
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Your hate for Adam Levine is upsetting, as I've had a mancrush on him ever since I heard Songs About Jane.
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I don't mind seeing Adam Levine on TV i mean it can't be much worse than all those other idiot celebrities who want even more fame than they deserve...



and it's also great to hear Jason O'mara's saved from that train-wreck of a show people call Terra Nova
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Well, in the "Which former Smallville leading lady will get the better follow-up role?" competition, Alison Mack laid a beat down on Erica Durance. I'd say Wilfred is a solid step-up from Erica's new Canadian made (we generally don't make very good television) medical drama, Saving Hope . . . Okay, Flashpoint is decent, but that's about it.



Why, Adam Levine, why!? Did Justin Timberlake put you up to this? That idiot doesn't know what the hell he is talking about!



Jason O'mara's agent just saved their job. His new role sounds fantastic. With this CBS drama and Frank Darabont's L.A. Noir coming out (not to mention Boardwalk Empire), we've got our old school gangster shows covered.



It seems Dancing With the Stars and American Idol are constantly posting record low numbers, but they're still freaking amazing! 18.5 million is their worst debut ever!? It's a sad day when you realize shitty reality TV shows are probably going to outlive you.
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Come Lost Girl is awesome and Canadian, but ya I agree we Canadians do not always make the best television
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Sorry, I've never seen it. The lead actress will always be the nicorette flight-attendant girl to me.
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Love Allison Mack, I'm not a huge fan of Wilfred but I still watch it so I'm fine with that. I only like Adam Levine as a singer, acting will be weird.



that show that kicked Abby Elliott off is pretty lame now and I probably won't watch it.. I think she should just join New Girl as Zooey/Jess' sister :p
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