TVLine Items: Eureka's Extra Hour, Roseanne's (Scripted) TV Return, Thrones Casting, and More
Add another twist to the soap opera that is Eureka‘s future — though this latest turn is actually a happy one. Syfy is remaining firm in its decision not to continue on with the five-year-old drama series, but one extra episode has been ordered to ensure the story is wrapped up properly. And that’s that.
Eureka‘s final season is set to bow in 2012.
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• Rosanne Barr is taking a page out of Tim Allen’s book and returning to scripted television in a series not unlike her ’90s hit Roseanne. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the funnylady has teamed with 20th Century Fox TV on the new sitcom, titled Downwardly Mobile, which follows “a close-knit blue-collar family living in tough economic times.” In the meantime, Barr can be seen on her Lifetime docu-series, Roseanne’s Nuts.
• HBO’s Game of Thrones continues its quest to garner the largest ever TV cast: Per EW.com, British actor Michael McElhatton has joined Season 2 of the epic drama as Roose Bolton; Robert Pugh (Robin Hood) is set to play Craster; and Hannah Murray (Skins‘ UK version) has been cast as Gilly.
• Talk about a reboot reboot: Pushing Daisies mastermind Bryan Fuller is reportedly back at work on his once-scrapped adaptation of the 1960s monster hit The Munsters for NBC. According to TV Guide Magazine, new network chairman Robert Greenblatt is a fan of the idea and has asked Fuller to give the concept another go.
• Battlestar Galactica‘s Jamie Bamber will guest star on the upcoming tenth season of CBS cop drama CSI: Miami (premiering Sunday, Sept. 25), per TVGuide.com. The sci-fi fave will play “one half of a freelance storm-chasing duo who is questioned by Rex Linn’s Sgt. Tripp” during a murder investigation.
• True Blood boss Alan Ball will executive-produce a new Cinemax series, titled Banshee, the Los Angeles Times reports. Unlike his HBO hit, this dark comedy will have no supernatural elements.
• Canadian actress Jeananne Goossen has landed a two-episode arc on CBS’ CSI: NY this fall as a rookie cop paired up with Carmine Giovinazzo’s Danny, TV Guide Magazine reports.
• Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane will act as roast master of Charlie Sheen’s upcoming Comedy Central skewering (which airs Sept. 19), per EW.com.
• All My Children‘s Natalie Hall (who plays Colby Chandler) has landed the lead in Hallmark Channel’s two-part, two-hour holiday miniseries Love’s Christmas Journey, per The Hollywood Reporter. Greg Vaughan (General Hospital) and Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings) co-star.
• truTV has ordered California DMV: Field Offices — a new reality series from Ashton Kutcher’s Katalyst Productions — which offers “unprecedented access” into the maligned world of the Golden State’s Department of Motor Vehicles.
• Spike TV has renewed Repo Games for a 20-episode second season, and has also ordered three new reality series: Undercover Stings, which follows cops orchestrating sting operations; Big Easy Justice from Al Roker and Jennifer Lopez’s production companies, which centers on a New Orleans bounty hunter; American Digger, about a relic hunter digging up historic artifacts; and World’s Worst Tenants, a look at the life of a professional evictor.
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