SOMEONE IS GETTING BUSY
... Who's excited for the fourth season of Homeland!?!?!? Just you, then? Okay. (I kid, I kid.) Personally, I can't wait to see what the show does without the romantic twist that made it so good in the first place, but one good step toward making Season 4 worth watching is hiring Corey Stoll, the drunken pill-popper from House of Cards' first season and the CDC scientist of FX's upcoming horror thriller The Strain. On Homeland, Stoll will guest-star as the CIA Chief of Station in Pakistan and since he'll only be around for a few episodes, the number of which isn't being divulged, there's no need to start worrying about his character on The Strain just yet. Also joining the Season 4 cast of Homeland is Laila Robins (Bored to Death), as U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Martha Boyd. She'll be a regular on the series. [Showtime via press release]
... Robert Downey Jr. is setting up a 1980s-set rehab drama at Showtime. The potential series would take place in 1983 at a Venice Beach substance abuse treatment facility, and it would be written by Justified's Gary Lennon. Downey Jr. isn't going to star, but given his history, he'll be able to let the creative team know what they're getting wrong and right with their portrayal of rehab. [Deadline]
... ABC Family is developing a new series from Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, because celebrities always get to cut in line at pitch meetings and it's just not fair! Rated P for Parenthood (GROAN) is a musical comedy (GROAN) about parents who feel more like kids than adults. Groan, right? [Deadline]
... The upcoming USA comedy Benched has booked three impressive guests for its debut season. Community alum Yvette Nicole Brown and Saturday Night Live veterans Chris Parnell and Molly Shannon will all drop by the series, which stars Eliza Coupe (Happy Endings) as a public defender who gets kicked out of her corporate attorney position after suffering a nervous breakdown. Brown will play a courtroom clerk, Shannon will play a judge, and Parnell will play an attorney. Benched is expected to air in early 2015. [USA via press release]
... Brian Dennehy (Tommy Boy) is joining Amazon's pilot Cocked, opposite True Blood's Sam Trammell. Trammell stars as a management consultant who gets pulled back into his father's gun-manufacturing business, and Dennehy will play the father. [Deadline]
... Cougar Town's Brian Van Holt has joined the cast of Syfy's Ascension, a six-hour miniseries about a group of people who are secretly sent into space to populate a new world. They depart in 1963, and then 50 years into their mission, someone is murdered on board their space bus and everything goes cuckoo crazy. Van Holt will play the space captain, and he'll be married to Tricia Helfer's character, so high five to Van Holt. [EW]
... Malin Akerman will reprise her role in HBO's revival of The Comback, the one-and-done Lisa Kudrow comedy that's being brought back to life after it was canceled in 2005. Akerman, who just came off a fantastic run on ABC's canceled comedy Trophy Wife, will once again play budding actress Juna Millken. [The Wrap]
YOUR DAILY DOSE OF NON-ESSENTIAL BUT INFORMATIVE GAME OF THRONES NEWS
... Wondering why Arya Stark cracked up when she and the Hound made it to the Eyrie and received some bad news? Actress Maisie Williams gives her take on the scene. [EW]
YOUR DAILY DOSE OF "WAS THAT RAPE?" ON A TV SHOW LAST NIGHT
... This time, on Louie. Wait, Louie!? Yep, Louie. [Jezebel]
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... What TV quotes and catchphrases do you use in real life? Kaitlin shared hers, and you should, too!
... How is 24: Live Another Day doing? Cory thought Monday's episode was a little nutty.
... Cory also looked back at the last 10 years in television and handed out some awards to the best networks in terms of airing quality shows, taking risks, and more.
... There's a new extended trailer out for FX's The Strain and if the idea was to make the show seem very scary, then congrats! It worked.
... There's also a trailer out Netflix's upcoming animated comedy BoJack Horseman, which stars Will Arnett and Aaron Paul in the voice cast, and even though the project sounded awesome when it was first announced, now I'm not so sure about it.
AIRED ON 12/20/2015
Season 5 : Episode 12