TVLine Items: True Blood Baddie Gets Burn'd, Idol Kicks Off Season 11, and More TV News

One of True Blood‘s craziest big bads is hightailing it to Burn Notice as a pharmaceutical rep?!

It’s not nearly as creepy as Bon Temps’ bloodsucker Franklin Mott (or is it?), but James Frain has landed a one-episode guest spot on the USA Network dramedy, says EW.com, playing a high-powered pharma boss who goes to extremes to protect his secrets.

Exclusive: Burn Notice Scoops Up Chicago Code Cop Matt Lauria

Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

• Season 10 may have just ended, but American Idol is already launching its next round of auditions on Tuesday, June 28 — yes, just 11 days from now! For a complete list of the first seven dates and locations, which include San Diego, California and Houston, Texas, visit AmericanIdol.com.

Entourage is cashing is on WeinerGate. Or at least trying to. Per The Hollywood Reporter, creator Doug Ellin reached out to recently-resigned New York Representative Anthony Weiner about making a cameo in the HBO comedy’s final season (premiering July 24). This far, the disgraced politico’s response has been “nothing.”

Idoloonies: Haley Reinhart on Brutal Judging, ‘Moanin’ Duet, ‘Bennie’ Exit, Life Before Idol

• The fourth season of AMC’s Breaking Bad premieres Sunday, July 17, and HitFix has some slightly spoilerly first look photos here.

Cougar Town‘s Courteney Cox and estranged hubby David Arquette are getting into the game show biz. The duo will act as executive producers on the pilot for CBS’ Identity Crisis, where teams of two have to identify names of famous folk. Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson is close to signing on as host, says The Hollywood Reporter.

Black Swan mastermind Darren Aronofsky has come on board to direct and executive-produce HBO’s new World War II pilot, Hobgoblin, says Deadline.

• Discovery Channel has set a Sunday, July 10 premiere for Secrets of Seal Team Six, a special that takes viewers inside the top-secret group that just took down Osama Bin Laden.

Eye on Emmy: Adam Scott Still Counts His Lucky Stars For ‘Incredible’ Parks and Rec Gig

• And for some Friday fun, take a peek at a few dogs that look like Parks and Recreation‘s Tom Haverford. (Thanks for the heads up, Aziz Ansari!)

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2 Comments
  1. Danielle H. says:

    I Love James, but I don’t watch Burn Notice :(. It makes me so sad that Alan Ball kills off his best creations (Franklin, Godric, etc) so quickly. Keep the good ones around, Ball!

    • indcit says:

      Yesss!! Franklin was great and the story with Tara was really funny. I also loved Talbot. Where are they??!!

      * I really enjoyed James Frain in Leverage, too.

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