TV News: Week of January 31st to February 6th , 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 NCIS’s renewal, Friday Night Lights’ return,  a fan favorite’s return on Criminal Minds,  plus Damages, Parenthood and more.


  • ER’s Alex Kingston, who played Dr. Elizabeth Corday on the NBC drama, will guest star on ABC’s Private Practice. She has landed the multi-episode role of Marla, a shrink who will help out one of our favorites work through a personal ordeal. Source
  • CBS announced that NCIS will return for a ninth season. The network has also signed star Mark Harmon for two more years to lead the series. Source
  • Friday Night Lights’ fifth and final season will bow on NBC on April 15 at 8 pm/ET. Source
  • A.J. Cook, J.J. on Criminal Minds, will return to the CBS drama for one episode this spring, after her exit at the beginning of the season. When news broke over the summer that Cook’s contract option was not being picked up by CBS, fans mounted a massive online campaign demanding the network reconsider, which resulted in the actress’ return for two episodes to tie up her character’s story and give viewers closure. Cook confirmed via Twitter that she is returning for Paget Brewster’s (Prentiss) last episode. Source
  • Chris Messina (Julie & Julia) has joined DirectTV’s Damages as a high school friend of Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne) who was a decorated soldier before being recruited to work for a private security firm in Afghanistan. He’s drawn into a web of intrigue when Ellen sets her sights on his corrupt employer (played by John Goodman). Dylan Baker (Secretariat) has already joined the cast as a shadowy opportunist with ties to the Middle East. Source
  • Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss is joining NBC’s sublime family drama for a multi-episode arc. He will appear in this season’s final four episodes as Gilliam T. Blount, a once-great theater producer who also happens to be an old friend of Zeek’s (Craig T. Nelson). Blount is looking to stage a comeback, which makes me think Jasmine (Joy Bryant) will somehow be involved. Source

Ratings Highlights of the Week

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