TVLine Items: Boss Hires Jonathan Groff, Justified and Gossip Girl Casting News and More!

Jonathan Groff is about to raise some Kane on the second season of Starz’s Boss.

The Glee grad joins the cast of the political drama as Ian Todd, an ambitious new member of crooked Mayor Kane’s office, per Deadline. The character will help fill the void left by Martin Donovan’s Ezra Stone.

As TVLine first reported, Nip/Tuck alumna Sanaa Lathan will also join Season 2 as Alderman Ross’ new Chief of Staff — and Kane’s new obsession.

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Justified screeners continue to serve up casting scoops even to us spoilerholics. In Episode 5 of the FX drama (airing Feb. 14), Psych fans can count on seeing Maggie Lawson play a nurse who might have vital information to share with Raylan. But is she a naughty nurse when it comes to the ruggedly handsome U.S. Marshall? We report, you decide. Episode 6, meanwhile, finds Lost‘s William Mapother continuing his streak as the perpetual creepster, playing an Oxy-addicted, woman-beating bar owner.

• One Life to Live alum David Gregory (ex-Ford) took to Facebook Monday to announce his latest gig: a guest spot on Gossip Girl. The soap star will play a friend of the real Charlotte Rhodes, aka Lola. Gregory joins a long list of former OLTL stars to drop by the CW series, including Bree Williamson (ex-Jessica), Melissa Fumero (ex-Adriana), Tika Sumpter (ex-Layla) and Amanda Setton (ex-Kim).

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L.A. Reid will officially return to judge future X Factor contestants on the Fox reality show’s seriously revamped second season, Deadline reports.

All My Children vet Thorsten Kaye (ex-Zach) has booked a recurring role on NBC’s new musical drama Smash, ABC Soaps in Depth confirms. Kaye will make his first appearance in the debut season’s sixth episode playing Anjelica Huston’s love interest.

Terry O’Quinn has landed a two-episode arc on TNT’s alien invasion drama Falling Skies, EW.com reports. The Lost fave will play the former mentor to Noah Wyle’s character.

The Modern Family gang may be headed to Disneyland for their next big outing. Per TV Guide Magazine, the ABC “hitcom” is eying the famed Southern California destination for some fun during May sweeps.

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24/Will & Grace alum Michael Angarano has nabbed the lead role in Nick Stoller’s comedy pilot for CBS, per Deadline. The actor will play a commitment phobe who breaks off his engagement but must continue to work with his now ex-fiancée.

Fox has picked up Rebounding, a comedy pilot from Modern Family creator Steve Levitan and former Just Shoot Me editors Joe Port and Joe Wiseman. The potential series centers on a man recovering from the death of his fiancée with a little help from his basketball league.

TLC has given the green light to Southie Pride, a docu-series from Jersey Shore creator SallyAnn Salsano which follows the lives of five working-class women in Boston.

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Comments (18)

  • An ABC sitcom goes to Disneyland? Wow, who’da thunk it?

    Comment by Joe Bua – February 6, 2012 12:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • They only live about a half hour away so I think it would be strange to not bring lily or Luke and manny there.

      Comment by David – February 6, 2012 12:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Agreed. It’s not like when all the TGIF shows went to Disney World (Boy Meets World, Family Matters, Step by Step, Sabrina the Teenage Witch), although those episodes were all fantastic.

        Comment by Mark – February 6, 2012 01:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I’m pretty sure back in the day it was like contractual obligation for ABC shows to go to Disney Land. I remember Roseanne talking about it once and that’s why their show did a couple of Disney Land episodes. I remember being a kid during that era and thinking I was the only kid in America that didn’t get to go to Disney Land.

          Comment by Dash – February 6, 2012 04:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Isn’t Jonathan Groff going to be on Smash? I thought I remember having read that.
    I like Michael Angarano. He was good in Sky High.

    Comment by Mark – February 6, 2012 12:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’m pretty sure Ryan Murphy would kill him slow and painfully if that were the case.

      Comment by heather – February 6, 2012 04:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • My dear Jon on my tv every week… best day ever! and I won’t have to endure Glee just for him when this season ends! #FreeJesse!

    Comment by celita – February 6, 2012 12:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Tika Sumpter (Raina Thorpe) was also on Gossip Girl and she had a much bigger role than Melissa Fumero.

    Comment by Captain – February 6, 2012 12:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Awesome Psych’s Maggie Lawson is finally being recognized.

    Comment by Tay – February 6, 2012 12:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Maggie Lawson this week, William Mapother next week, is Justified going to have an actual Kentuckian actor play a villain every week? I think George Clooney would make a good “bad” cowboy to draw on Raylan. And Johnny Depp could play any drug dealer you would ever need. I could see Lee Majors as a long lost Uncle/ ne’er do well.

      Comment by Jim – February 16, 2012 04:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • damn! Jonathan Groff is gonna make me watch Boss ewww..

    Comment by rod – February 6, 2012 01:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love Falling Skies in the first place. Terry O’Quinn is getting some good screen time on various shows which is just fine by me! :) Hope this doesn’t mean anything permenantly bad will be happening to his character on Hawaii Five 0!
    Heh – I would love to seem Terry show up on POI. He and Emmerson head to head is intense!

    Comment by kirads09 – February 6, 2012 01:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I didn’t give a hoot about Smash until reading Thorsten Kaye would be on it! I love him! Sooooo hot. I’ve been dying for a Zach Slater fix.

    Comment by NCSouthernBelle – February 6, 2012 02:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Does every city and subculture in the USA need a show? I think not. Next you’ll have Huntington, WV/ Ashland, KY (where I live) on a show .. how scary would that be. I think the line needs to be drawn.

    Comment by Danielle h – February 6, 2012 03:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love love love Jon Groff, always happy to see more of him!

    Comment by gillian – February 6, 2012 04:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • JGroff charms the pants off of everyone who gets to watch him preform.
    It’s about time hollywood began utilizing him.

    Comment by Nicole – February 6, 2012 04:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am so excited for Jonathan, i went to high school with him and to see him succeed is awesome. I really wish i had Starz so i could watch the show.

    Comment by Michael – February 7, 2012 11:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So happy for Jon Groff! He’s still going to be on Glee this season right? I need my Jesse St. James fix on that damn show to make this excruciatingly bad season worth it.

    Comment by Amy Leigh – February 8, 2012 03:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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