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Many 24 fans are “counting the minutes” until Annie Wersching pays a visit to Rizzoli & Isles. Until then, TVLine has the details on her role.

Wersching, who Tweeted about the gig earlier this month, will appear on the just-returned TNT drama as Nicole Mateo, a mother devastated by the recent abduction of her daughter in broad daylight. She’s also a longtime friend of Detective Rizzoli (Angie Harmon), who worked undercover with Nicole’s husband during her Drug Control Unit days.

A recent NCIS guest star and one of the two leads of the ABC pilot Partners, which wasn’t picked up for the fall, Wersching will appear in Rizzoli‘s seventh Season 2 episode, airing Monday, August 8.

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Carol Burnett will reprise her infamous All My Children role of Verla Grubbs for a small arc this September, before the ABC sudser signs off for good. “It is our honor and pleasure to welcome back Carol Burnett,” says EP Julie Hanan Carruthers. “Verla Grubbs is a beloved member of the All My Children family.”

• While on hiatus from playing one of Blair’s Gossip Girl minions, Amanda Setton will return to ABC’s One Life to Live in August as Kimberly Andrews, the thorn in Clint Buchanan’s paw. “I am looking forward to the trouble that Kim will get into once she is back in town,” says the starlet.

• In even more sudser news, Jessica Collins (Loving) is en route to The Young and the Restless, where she will serve as Sharon’s attorney in her upcoming murder trial, TV Guide Magazine reports.

• In response to Us Weekly‘s report that the Jersey Shore ensemble will be replaced after Season 5 (No. 4 bows this summer), an MTV rep tells The Hollywood Reporter, “We currently have no plans to recast.”

Natalie Dormer (aka The Tudors‘ Anne Boleyn) has joined HBO’s Game of Thrones as a Season 2 regular. Per EW.com, she will play “a beautiful and shrewd young woman from the influential House Tyrell.”

Valerie Cruz (Off the Map) has landed a recurring gig on Syfy’s Alphas , which premieres July 11, playing a mysterious agent for the Department of Defense.

• Country superstar Miranda Lambert — aka panelist Blake Shelton’s wife — will appear on the June 29 live results finale of NBC’s The Voice, performing with finalist Dia Frampton.

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