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.

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

• 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, 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 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

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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  1. JohnDoe says:

    A reality series about the DMV? Jesus. Because the DMV is just so exciting as it is, amirite?

  2. Cameron says:

    They also cast Dolorous Edd in Game of Thrones. Best. Character. Ever.

  3. Tracy says:

    Thanks for the CSI:NY casting info. I’m very interested to see Danny in a supervisory role. I’d also like it if this character would become recurring and she and Danny become friends, but it doesn’t sound like that will happen.

  4. Alicia says:

    Thanks, SyFy, but it’s still not the same as looking forward all year to a new season of Eureka.

    There’s a petition on Twitter and go to!

  5. DL says:

    Wow, I am absolutely blown away by the casting of McElhatton as Roose Bolton. He’s even got the right eye color and everything!

  6. Pam says:

    I hate going to the DMV so why do I want to watch it on TV? Not like it matters as I don’t watch the bulk of these reality TV shows.

  7. Pam says:

    What is the point of petitions? So a show can push out one more crappy season? Yes, petitions have brought shows back but its the TV equivalent of Pet Sematary: Sometimes dead is better.

  8. Sam says:

    Hannah Murray! Quick, Song of Fire and Ice peeps, is she playing a big part? I love her to death.

  9. Kyle Andrews says:

    While I’m glad that the writers will have a little bit of time to wrap up the show, I still think that Syfy has handled the whole situation poorly and one episode won’t be winning back the fans anytime soon.

    Now, about the Munsters… It sounded like a really bad idea, but if anyone can pull it off, I think Fuller might be the guy. Dead Like Me and Pushing Daisies were awesome shows. I’m actually kinda curious about it now.

  10. Kelly says:

    I am glad Eureka is getting a chance to write and do an episode as the finale, knowing it’s the finale so they can end it somewhat the way they want to. Still think it’s wrong and a bad decision to cancel such a great show.

  11. Bob says:

    Hey, NBCU/Comcast, how many people did you have to fire to pay for that extra episode of Eureka? Or did you work out a deal with Vince McMahon to have WWE sponsor the hour? Still trying to figure out how you guys let a 6th Season of Psych slip onto your USA Network schedule. Thought the standing order was no shows go beyond Season 5???

    • Bob says:

      Now they’re really blowing my mind! Didn’t realize (don’t watch it) that Burn Notice also received a 6th season on USA. How did that happen??? Why don’t you show the same love for SyFy series, NBCU???

  12. Teresa Conti says:

    Now, I will be afraid to go to the DMV. Oh, right. I already am. Have you seen some of those employees?

  13. lily says:

    What? No more Eureka? I love that show. I’m going to miss it; sadly all good things must come to an end.