TVLine Items: Gilmore Creator's New Series Adds Another Alum, Supernatural Sneak Peek & More

Amy Sherman-Palladino‘s new ABC Family dance drama Bunheads is dipping into the Gilmore Girls casting pool again, this time bringing on the man behind Logan Huntzberger’s big bad dad, Mitchum.

TVLine has learned exclusively that Gregg Henry has joined the series in the recurring role of Rico, a fiftysomething surfer dude who owns a local restaurant.

Bunheads centers on a Las Vegas showgirl (played by Tony winner Sutton Foster) who gets married and moves to the quiet coastal town her hubby calls home. There, she finds work at a dance school run by her mother-in-law, who, not coincidentally, is played by another Gilmore alumna, Kelly Bishop.

The new series premieres Monday, June 11 at 9/8c, with Henry making his debut in Episode 2.

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• How great was the surprise reveal of Bobby’s ghost on the last Supernatural? The closest person the Winchesters had left to a living father is back again in this Friday’s episode, and we’ve got a sneak peek at Jim Beaver’s return below. While Sam and Dean investigate an abandoned house haunted by a ghost, Bobby tries to connect with a lamp — and his boys.

• A spokesperson for the studio that produces Downton Abbey calls a tabloid newspaper report that Maggie Smith has begged off the acclaimed drama “complete nonsense.”

* Alec Baldwin has clarified a recent comment he made about “leaving NBC just in time,” saying that he expects his 30 Rock run to end after next season, at which time he anticipates the sitcom will sign off as well.

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• Ryan Seacrest has been named host of Fox’s star-studded 25th Anniversary Special, airing Sunday, April 22.

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  1. Dee says:

    Yay! Bobby! So glad he is back!

    Maybe he still needs to help the boys defeat the Leviathans, then he can move on.

  2. nikki says:

    Why is Alec Baldwin acting like a dick? 30 Rock is the best thing that ever happened to his career. It’s still one of the few good things on NBC and he should stop insulting the network that he is working for.

    • Chrispy says:

      Alec Baldwin is full of crap. Remember when he vowed to leave the country if George W. Bush were elected president? And yet, he’s still here. He is notoriously thin-skinned, and has no credibility.

  3. May says:

    Oooooh! Amy is back! I loved GG more than anything, so I’m extra excited!

  4. Kalie says:


  5. Amanda says:

    The original Sheila running a dance school! Brilliant!

  6. Sana says:

    Love Gregg Henry but the Gilmore Girls hook was not required. He wasn’t that big of a character. We’ll be interested once one the main casts get casts.

  7. Tansy says:

    Who cares? i won’t watch anything she does unless I get a GG TV movie to tie up the loose ends. Luke & Lorelai married and Rory back with Jess.

    • Sana says:

      Agreed, who bails on a show because they didn’t get a two year contract…Stupidest Decision Ever! The fact that Amy Sherman-Palladino wasn’t able to make her show afterwards stick proved how bad of a decision bailing on Gilmore Girls was. Her decision to bail on Gilmore Girls had to have an affect her future employment with networks. Who wants to work with someone that bails on a show.

    • Mitholas says:

      This happened 6 years ago, people. It’s time to get over it. I agree that she should never have left Gilmore Girls and that the show tanked largely due to her leaving. But to say you’re not going to watch a new show that, who knows, might be the best thing on television in the 2012-2013 season when it comes to purely drama shows… That just sounds stupid.

    • Mitholas says:

      Also… Jess? No, thank you.

  8. Josh says:

    Kelly Bishop!!!!

  9. I’m so glad that Bobby’s back.

  10. May says:

    I Loved GG, so I’m pretty sure I’ll be checking ‘Bunheads’ out, even though that’s a ridiculous name. On the casting thing, I’m so happy to see Emily’s back. I loved every single one of her recent Tv gigs.

  11. Craig Best says:

    I’m a big GG fan and would love a follow up move to tie up the loose ends but as the time goes on I think it’s less important. I like the new show, it has a real GG vibe without being too much like GG, the cast showing up on the new show can only help.