Jeffrey Nordling will appear alongside his former TV ex, Sela Ward, for two episodes of the CBS procedural this November as a U.S. senator who is displeased with the way Jo handled his daughter’s rape case years earlier in D.C. EW.com first reported the casting news.
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• Sopranos alumna Drea de Matteo will guest star on CBS’ CSI: Miami as “a sexy and smart poker player” involved in a high-stakes game that takes a murderous turn, per EW.com.
• Claire Skinner (Outnumbered), Bill Bailey (Black Books), Arabella Weir (Skins) and Alexander Armstrong (Armstrong & Miller) have been added to the cast of this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special, in which the Doctor (Matt Smith) finds himself in war-torn England embarking on a mysterious adventure with a young widow (Skinner) and her two children.
• Bravo’s Top Chef: Texas is set to premiere Wednesday, November 2 at 10/9c, with a record 29 chefs competing for the coveted title.
• Rescue Me‘s Michael Zegen has joined Season 2 of AMC’s The Walking Dead (premiering Oct. 16) as “a skinny Southern kid who finds himself in a rather unique set of post-apocalypse circumstances,” per EW.com.
• Fox has picked up a fourth reality series from Gordon Ramsay. Titled Hotel Hell, it’ll feature Ramsay and a team of hospitality experts traveling across the country to fix struggling hotels, B&Bs and such.
• Syfy has ordered second seasons of Hollywood Treasure and Haunted Collector, as well as greenlit a new reality series, Dream Machines, which showcases the transition of over-the-top film vehicles for real-life use.
• The People’s Choice Awards will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, with Mark Burnett (Survivor) returning as executive producer.
• And lastly, we close with another trippy, perhaps at times unsettling sneak peek at American Horror Story, which premieres Oct. 5 on FX. Are you anxiously planning to tune in?
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