That’s perhaps what the folks over at NBC were hoping when they recently met with The Office fan James Gandolfini. Alas, Variety hears that unfortuantely (or not?) the former HBO mob boss just wasn’t interested in joining Dunder Mifflin’s ranks on a full-time basis. Of course, James Spader is now the front-runner to come aboard the sitcom in the wake of Steve Carell’s exit.
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• One Life to Live fan fave Erin Torpey is returning to Llanview before the ABC sudser signs off in January. According to TV Guide Magazine, Torpery will not appear as Jessica — the role she mastered for over a decade, and since 2003 has been played by Bree Williamson — but rather as a new character who will nonetheless afford Torpey the chance to reunite with one of her former co-stars “in a fun, special way” this September. Please say it’s “mom” Erika Slezak!
• Is the end near for AMC’s Breaking Bad? Showrunner Vince Gilligan tells Collider.com that as of now, “Season 5 should probably be our last season. But…check with me a year from now, we’ll see if I change my tune.” Season 4 arrives Sunday, July 17.
• The Marriage Ref‘s Season 2 premiere on Sunday drew 4.57 million total viewers while scoring a meager 1.6 demo rating (down 20 percent from its Season 1 finale and tying an all-time low).
• Hellcats alum Sharon Leal and Lincoln Heights‘ Russell Hornsby will both guest star on the fourth episode of USA Network’s Suits, says The Hollywood Reporter. Hornsby, who this fall stars in NBC’s Grimm, will play a businessman from Jessica’s (Gina Torres) past, while Leal appears in the same episode as a consultant.
• Carly Foulkes aka the T-Mobile pitchgirl has landed the role of Retro Girl on FX’s Powers pilot, comic book creator Brian Michael Bendis told the Sirius radio show Geektime.
• World Without End, the eight-hour followup to last year’s The Pillars of the Earth miniseries, has locked in its cast, says Deadline, and it includes Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City), Miranda Richardson (Rubicon) and Ben Chaplin (Murder by Numbers).
• Access Hollywood Live has been renewed for a second season, with Billy Bush and Kit Hoover continuing as hosts.
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