Dean Stockwell ("Quantum Leap," "Battlestar Galactica") has landed a guest role on CBS' "NCIS: New Orleans." According to Entertainment Weekly, the spot will reunite Dean with his former "Leap" co-star Scott Bakula. Stockwell plays Tom Hamilton, "a proud and spirited retired New Orleans cop who still has his wits about him."
Joan Rivers' death resulted from "a predictable complication of medical therapy," an NYC medical examiner has ruled, while undergoing an endoscopy on her throat. "The cause of Ms. Rivers' death is anoxic encephalopathy due to hypoxic arrest during laryngoscopy and upper gastrointestinal endoscopy with propofol sedation for evaluation of voice changes and gastroesophageal reflux disease.
Kim Dickens ("Gone Girl") has joined the cast of "House of Cards" for season three. Details of her role, as well as plot details of the entire season, have been kept under the tightest of wraps. However, TV Line reports that the role will be recurring. "I am always discovering new things about it, and its rules and dynamics are its own, and so I feel that it's naturally leading . . ."
After six seasons, Archie Panjabi is leaving the cast of "The Good Wife." The actress plays Kalinda Sharma, but is moving on after signing a talent deal with 20th Century TV. "Archie is an Emmy award-winning dramatic actress, and rightly so," said Sharon Klein, 20th's executive vice president of casting. "Her work on 'The Good Wife' has been extraordinary . . ."
Neil Patrick Harris will host the 87th Academy Awards, set to air in February 2015. The actor revealed a video to social media in which he checks "host the Oscars" off his bucket list. Already crossed off the list was "have children" and "meet the president." Harris takes over hosting duties from Ellen DeGeneres, who helped the 86th Academy Awards to the highest ratings of an Oscar broadcast.
Molly Ringwald and Emily Osment lead the voice cast of the upcoming "Rainbow Brite" series. Ringwald (who is best known for her role in the 1980's classic film "The Breakfast Club") will play the evil character of the Dark Princess, while actress/singer-songwriter Osment will play the title role of Rainbow Brite.
ABC has closed a deal for a single camera comedy modeled after the life of Robbie Rogers, the soccer player, who was also the first openly gay man to play in a professional sport in North America. The comedy, "Men in Shorts," follows a "young professional soccer player who takes 'one small step out of the closet and one giant leap into the spotlight."
Bill Murray has confirmed plans to reconnect with his "Lost In Translation" director Sophia Coppola for a new Christmas special. The special will be created specifically for television and will feature Murray crooning classic holiday carols. He broke the news in an interview with Variety noting, "It's not going to be live. We're going to do it like a little movie. It won't have a format . . ."
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have hooked up to develop "Incorporated," a spy thriller which takes place in the future. The program will air on Syfy and center on "one man's efforts" to overcome in a world totally dominated by corporations. Brothers David and Alex Pastor ("Selfless," "The Last Days") will pen the pilot, while Ted Humphrey ("The Good Wife") is showrunner.
After setting the record for most watched show in FX history, "American Horror Story" has been renewed for a fifth season. The season four debut notched 10 million viewers, up nearly three million over last year's premiere. "Thank you AHS fans. You are amazing. Looking forward to Season 5!" tweeted "AHS" creator Ryan Murphy.
Katie Holmes has reportedly signed on to reprise her roles as Jackie Kennedy in a second mini-series focusing on the family. The series will once again air on the Reelz network, who picked up the original 2011 series after it was dropped by the History Channel for alleged historical inaccuracies. Despite critics lambasting the show at the time, the mini-series raked in ten Emmys.
Troubled actress Amanda Bynes will reportedly remain at a treatment facility near Pasadena, California as she remains on psychiatric review. She was spotted last week at LAX airport before traveling to Pasadena where she entered the facility, called Las Encinas. The in-patient stint comes just days after Bynes hit Twitter claiming that she had been abused by her father throughout her childhood.
CBS has reportedly axed their Poppy Montgomery led series "Unforgettable." It is actually the network's second time cancelling the series, which they dropped after its first season only to reverse their decision weeks later. The series kicked off in 2011 and starred Montgomery as a police detective with an incomparable photographic memory.
The producers of "Archer" are changing the name of the show's fictional spy agency from ISIS (International Secret Intelligence Service) to disassociate it from the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. "(ISIS is) just the most awful thing, and we didn't want to have anything to do with it," exec producer Matt Thompson told the Daily Beast.
Jim Carrey will host "Saturday Night Live" on October 24 with rapper Iggy Azalea as musical guest. The Carrey appearance comes ahead of the November 14 release of "Dumb and Dumber To." Carrey previously hosted the program in 1996 and 2011. "Anyhow enough of that, In other news: my next single is BEG FOR IT ft. MO & I'm performing it for the first time on SNL. So excited!!!!" wrote Iggy.