E! has greenlit the pilot for the Joel McHale-produced program "Comments Section," starring comedian Michael Kosta. It's the first project under a new development deal McHale signed with E! last month. He also agreed to host "The Soup" for two more seasons under that deal. He's been the host of that show since 2004.
"Hart of Dixie" will return early, debuting on Monday, December 15 at 8 PM EST according to the CW. The program's premiere comes just before an all new "Jane the Virgin." "Hart of Dixie" was originally slated to return January 9. "Rachel Bilson leads a stellar ensemble cast in this fish-out-of-water comedic drama about small-town living, big city attitudes, and complicated love triangles . . ."
George Eads, aka Nick Stokes, is set to leave the cast of "CSI" after 15 seasons. Eads, the last original cast member of the long running series, has offered no official statement on his departure, though according to reports it will be linked to the resolution of the Gig Harbor Killer case. It is unclear as how exactly Eads' character will be written out of the show.
Taylor Kitsch and Rachel McAdams have officially joined the cast of the upcoming second season of "True Detective." The duo joins Kelly Reilly for the new season, as well as previously announced season leads Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell. HBO also announced that production for the new season has already begun in California, with "Fast & Furious" director Justin Lim helming.
Jamie Horowitz, senior vice president for "Today," was axed after calling for the firing of Savannah Guthrie and the demotion of Natalie Morales. The former ESPN exec made a five-hour presentation prior to his firing that also suggested that Hoda Kotb be given a more prominent role, Al Roker be moved off the weather beat, and Josh Elliott groomed for a larger role.
Tony Award-winning Broadway star Victoria Clark has landed a surprising new role on the upcoming season of "Homeland." The "Sister Act" and "Cinderella" star has reportedly signed on to appear as the mother of Claire Danes' character Carrie Mathison. Thus far there is no word on the context in which Carrie's mother will appear on the show.
Rutger Hauer has been added to the cast of "The Last Kingdom" on BBC America. The historical drama series is an adaptation of Bernard Cornwell's best-selling series of books "The Saxon Stories." Alexander Dreymon ("American Horror Story") heads up a cast that also includes David Dawson, Emily Cox, Matthew Macfadyen and Ian Hart.
Actor Adam Pally has reportedly confirmed plans to part ways with "The Mindy Project." According to avclub.com, Pally has inked a deal with his former "Happy Endings" network ABC to return as a producer for television and digital content. Pally first appeared on "The Mindy Project" in the role of Peter Prentice last year as a recurring star but was bumped into the regular cast shortly after.
"Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," a new comedy from Tina Fey, is headed to Netflix after originally getting ordered by NBC. The program features Ellie Kemper ("The Office") as a woman who escapes a cult and moves to NYC. "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to debut Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt exclusively on Netflix, which has proven to be such an outstanding place . . ."
Danica McKellar ("The Wonder Years," "Dancing with the Stars") wed attorney Scott Sveslosky in a beachfront ceremony. McKellar told People that the event was "absolutely magical." "We were married at 6:30 a.m. in a sunrise ceremony. The forecast predicted rain, but there was not a drop of water in the clear sky. The sun came peaking up over the mountains just as I was walking down the aisle."
Kelsey Grammer's daughter Greer Grammer has been named the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's 2015 Miss Golden Globe. The 22-year-old actress has starred in the role of Lissa on MTV's "Award" since 2011 and recently hit the big screen in "Life Partners." "I screamed and I jumped up and down. I was just so happy when the Hollywood Foreign Press Association reached out to me this year."
"Glee" has moved to Friday night for its final season. FOX will air 13 episodes of the program, which will air on Fridays at 9 PM EST. Season six of "Glee" centers on Rachel (Lea Michele), who returns to Lima to find that Sue (Jane Lynch) has banished the arts at McKinley High. "You have to have obstacles to have a happy ending," co-creator Ryan Murphy hinted.
AMC has released a teaser trailer for its "Breaking Bad" spin off "Better Call Saul" and announced its premiere date, which is February 8 at 10 PM EST. The second episode airs just one day later. "This February, during AMC's first ever two-night series premiere event, we're going to introduce Jimmy McGill to the world.
Jon Stewart ("The Daily Show") made an appearance on "The Colbert Report," where he was interviewed by his former employee Stephen Colbert about his new film "Rosewater." "It's a beautiful film and that offends me. Why is it that you can do your show," Colbert said, while in character as a reactionary conservative, "and you do it well, and now you're doing something else well."
Hugh Laurie ("House") will guest star on the HBO political comedy "Veep." The show, now in its fourth season, recently saw the title character Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) take over for the president, who resigned to take care of his wife. So far, there's been no word on Laurie's role. Previous guest stars have been Jessica St. Clair, Kate Burton, Christopher Meloni and Kathy Najimy.