TVLine Items: Glee's Whitney Houston Tribute, Community Shocker, Parks Scoop and More
A series spokesperson tells TVLine that while the installment was shot long before Houston’s tragic death last Saturday, Glee producers have dedicated “Heart” to the fallen singer by placing a card in the end credits.
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• Bradley Whitford will guest star in an upcoming episode of Parks and Recreation, Huffington Post reports, playing Pawnee’s departing city councilman whose seat Leslie is vying for. Unfortunately, the West Wing alum will not share any scenes with former co-star Rob Lowe.
• Ving Rhames has been cast opposite Alfred Molina in David E. Kelley’s TNT medical drama pilot Chelsea General, per Deadline. He’ll play a pro-football player-turned-chief of trauma surgery. Bill Irwin, Jamie Bamber and Jennifer Finnigan are also tapped to co-star.
• Death it is a comin’ to Community. Joel McHale tells TV Guide Magazine that a male character “you’ve seen a lot” will die — in the middle of the afternoon — in an upcoming episode. Any guesses?
• Pan Am star Mike Vogel has landed the lead in Fox’s Living Loaded, a comedy pilot from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia exec producers Rob McElhenney and Rob Rosell. Per Deadline, Vogel will play a hard-partying blogger who is forced to change his life when he becomes an NPR radio host.
• Perfect Couples alumna Christine Woods has joined the NBC comedy pilot Daddy’s Girls, playing a Harvard-educated doctor who returns home to discover her father is dating the mean girl from her high school.
• BET has given the green light to Single Black Female, a new project from The Game exec producers Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, Deadline reports. The series follows the work and family life of the host of a successful Atlanta-based talk show.
• TBS has ordered Sullivan and Sons, a Vince Vaughn-produced workplace comedy starring comedian Steve Byrne and Dan Lauria.
• Spike TV has ordered a 13-episode second season of Ink Master.
• Jeremiah Franco and Carin Shreve have been named The Simpsons‘ ultimate fans after breaking the Guinness World Record for continuous television viewing. The pair joined Fox and tons of other fans to watch up to 500 continuous episodes of the long-running comedy, and took home the honors after 86 hours and 37 minutes (!) had passed.
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