TV News: Week of August 22nd to August 28th, 2011

This post will be updated throughout the entire week with the most important news of the week. So keep checking this post for more news.

Check news on a Freaky Friday reunion on NCIS, Once Upon a Time, Breaking In, House’s new promo, Bones’ casting scoop, The Middle, The Good Wife, the first promo for FX’s American Horror Story, plus more.


News

  • NCIS will reunite two Freaky Friday’s actors, when Jamie Lee Curtis guest-stars in a pair of November sweeps episodes, sharing scenes — and on-screen sparks – Mark Harmon. In what’s being billed as a special two-parter, Curtis will play Charlotte Ryan, a strong, opinionated career woman from the Office of the Inspector General in the Department of Defense. The character is also described as someone who will spar with Gibbs and the team like never before, so “don’t be surprised if there are sparks between Gibbs and Ryan,” says NCIS executive producer Gary Glasberg. “We’re expecting some real chemistry.” Source
  • The highly anticipated fairytale drama Once Upon a Time— from Lost producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis  — has tapped Charles Widmore himself, Alan Dale, to play the father of Josh Dallas’ Prince Charming. Source
  • Breaking In, Fox comedy that premiered solidly this past spring but failed to score a spot on the network’s 2011-12 lineup announced in May, has officially secured a 13-episode order for a midseason return, to air in 2012. Source
  • This is the first promo of House’s season 8.
  • Ben Savage of Boy Meets World fame has booked a guest spot on Bones. “[He’s a] murder suspect who is married to another suspect who has bought a lottery ticket with another two suspects,” reveals executive producer Stephen Nathan. Source
  • ABC comedy The Middle has snagged Saturday Night Live vet Molly Shannon to guest star as Patricia Heaton’s onscreen sister. Source
  • The Good Wife’s Christine Baranski will reprise her role as Leonard’s emotionally-stifled mother in the season premiere of The Big Bang Theory, airing Thursday, Sept. 22 at 8/7c. Also, Broadway star Bill Heck has been cast as the “much younger Legal Aid” — and potential love interest! — to Christine Baranski’s Diane. Source
  • FX has unveiled the first real promo for American Horror Story, its new drama from Nip/Tuck creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck.

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