TVLine Items: Seagal's Surprising Comeback, MacFarlane Roasts, and Other TV News to Know

Steven Seagal is once again Steven Seagal Lawman.

A&E has somewhat unexpectedly greenlit a third season of the docuseries, says, after it was shut down (and presumably scrapped) last year following accusations of sex trafficking against the action star. The lawsuit was later dropped, but Seagal’s Louisiana beat was swayed by the controversy, halting production on the show. Fortunately for Seagal, his friends in Arizona’s Maricopa County gave him his badge back.

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• Making Comedy Central history, Seth MacFarlane will take the reigns as Roast Master for the second consecutive time when he hosts the cabler’s roast of Donald Trump, airing in late March. MacFarlane also acted as emcee for Comedy Central’s well-watched Roast of David Hasselhoff.

Fantastic Four alum Ioan Gruffudd has signed on to Sarah Michelle Gellar’s CBS pilot, Ringer, Deadline reports. Joining the previously cast Nestor Carbonell, Gruffudd will play the husband of one of SMG’s twin characters.

Details On Sarah Michelle Gellar’s Dual Role

• Peter Fonda will appear in a two-episode arc of CSI: NY this April, playing an ex-partner of Mac’s (Gary Sinise), reports.

Scoop: David James Elliot Earns CSI: NY Encore

• Mitch Hurwitz, the brilliant brain behind the short-lived Arrested Development and Running Wilde, is making with the funny again. Hurwitz wrote a piece for British newspaper The Guardian — picked up in the states by Deadline — aptly titled “Guide to Getting A Sitcom Canceled.” In it, he advises future showrunners to be sure to include stair-cars, Never-Nudes and characters sharing the same name in their series.

Smallville Exclusive: Michael Rosenbaum Back for Series Finale!

• The CW will re-air Smallville‘s pilot episode Friday, April 8 at 8/7c, says TV Guide.

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  1. Laurel says:

    Seeing the Smallville Pilot Episode is going to be nostalgic.
    Clark looks so young in season 1.
    Hard to believe Smallville has been on for 10 years.

  2. Nerwen Aldarion says:

    Right now I’m rewatching Smallville from the beginning and I’m on season 1 “Prodigal” It’s so weird seeing Clark so young, I didn’t realize how much I miss Lex until seeing him in action again…but most of all I’m sad knowing that I only have about 10 episodes left of the series. It has been a great 10 years.

  3. Kate says:

    Seagal is working for Sheriff Joe along with Lou Ferrigno? Yee gads…well I am glad my Arizona tax dollars are being saved thanks to celeb deputies patrolling our rural back roads here in the greater Phoenix area. Note to self- do not speed and get pulled over… never know who will be giving you a ticket. Illegal aliens beware!