TVLine Items: Fringe Nabs Rebecca Mader, Jersey Housewives Season 4 Premiere Date and More

Fringe is finally making room for its self-proclaimed biggest fangirl, Rebecca Mader.

The Lost alumna, who wears her obsession with the Fox thriller on her sleeve (and her chest; see the photo at right), will guest-star in the final two episodes of the season, TV Guide Magazine reports. She’ll play a strong woman somehow involved in a case that is linked to Big Bad David Robert Jones.

For those not aware of Mader’s undying devotion to Fringe, the actress recently gushed to TVLine’s Matt Webb Mitovich, “I just want to be on it… This show just blows my socks off. When I meet people who haven’t seen it, I’m like, ‘What’s the matter with you?'”

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

• Bravo announced Thursday that The Real Housewives of New Jersey will return with its fourth season on Sunday, April 22 at 10/9c.

• Ed Speleers (Eragon) and Matt Milne (War Horse) have joined Season 3 of Downton Abbey as new footmen, Deadline reports.

• Netflix to the rescue again? While The River has yet to be officially cancelled, our sister site Deadline in reporting that the pay video service is in talks with ABC Studios to continue producing the ratings-deficient drama. Discussions are said to be “exploratory” at this point. Netflix is also in talks with Fox to pick up the cancelled Terra Nova.

• Fox has pulled its struggling freshman comedy I Hate My Teenage Daughter off the air two weeks ahead of its scheduled preemption. The remaining episodes are slated to air this summer.

• MTV has given the green light to four new unscripted series: The Heights, a docu-drama about friends living in New York’s Washington Heights; Epic Fail, a panel-based series that recreates viewers’ most cringeworthy moments; Totally Clueless, a hidden-camera game show; and This Is How I Made It, which features celebs revealing their secrets to success.

• Another big batch of guest stars will stroll through the upcoming fourth season of Drop Dead Diva, TVGuide.com reports, including Megyn Price (Rules of Engagement), Patty Duke (The Patty Duke Show) and Emily Rutherford (The New Adventures of Old Christine). All three will play Jane’s clients.

• Arrested Development vet Tony Hale will appear alongside professional homemaker Martha Stewart in an upcoming episode of Law & Order: SVU, per TVGuide.com.

• VH1 has ordered to series Hollywood Exes, a reality show to air this summer featuring the ex-wives of Eddie Murphy, Prince, R. Kelly, Will Smith and Jose Canseco. So… yay?

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