Fall TV Preview

TVLine Items: True Blood Hunk Gets Collar'd, Voice Tour A Go, Lost Reunion and More!

Remember that White Collar villain teased in Ask Ausiello a few weeks back? Well, the USA Network dramedy has found said baddie, and it’s none other than Bon Temps’ most popular werewolf.

True Blood‘s shirtless wonder Joe Manganiello has landed a guest-starring spot on Collar as a just-released former conman who “brings trouble to the Burke neighborhood when he moves in across the street from Peter and Elizabeth,” EW.com reports. The actor’s episode will air in the second half of the season, which launches in January.

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

• Emmy-winning director Jack Bender will reunite with his former Lost cronies J.J. Abrams, Liz Sarnoff, Bryan Burk and Jorge Garcia over on Fox’s upcoming thriller Alcatraz as — you guessed it — the show’s go-to director, per Deadline.

• It’s official: Live Nation is putting on a live tour featuring The Voice‘s Top 8 finalists. Click here for dates, prices and all other details.

• Comedy Central has given the go-ahead to two new series for the 2012 TV season: The eponymous Nick Kroll Show, starring The League funnyman; and an untitled sketch-comedy show with Keegan-Michael Key (MadTV) and Jordan Peele (Little Fockers).

Mary Tyler Moore Show alumna Valerie Harper will guest star on Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva as — what else? — an esteemed, no-nonsense judge, per EW.com. Rhoda’s episode is slated to air September 11.

• NBC has found a Salt Lake City home for The Playboy Club after all. After an NBC affiliate in Utah’s capital decided against airing the series this fall on moral grounds, TV Guide Magazine confirms that My Network TV has agreed to carry it.

• Nickelodeon has renewed kiddie soap House of Anubis for a 45-episode second season, set to bow in 2012.

Which TVLine Items have you talking today?

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  1. Danielle H. says:

    Aww, that makes me wish I watched White Collar ever more then I already do. I just can’t bring myself to jump into a show after it’s been on for years.

    Also, HAH at those in Utah that were trying to keep out the Playboy Club. I think it looks like a super interesting show, the most anticipated of the fall for me! (and I’m a straight female to boot ;0)

    • Katy says:

      White Collar is only in its third season right now. So you can easily catch up on anything you’ve missed.

  2. Ella says:

    Awesome news. LOVE Joe. Wonder if him and Hilarie are still friends from OTH.

    • Anna says:

      Haha that’s totally right I forgot they worked together it’s a little otl reunion :). I love Hilarie on white collar so much!!!!!