TVLine Items: Person of Interest Nabs Amy Acker, Housewives Finale Casting News and More!

Whedonverse vet Amy Acker just became a Person of Interest.

The Angel alumna has booked a guest spot in the CBS drama’s first season finale (airing May 17), TVGuide.com reports. Acker will play a psychologist who is put under Reese’s protection when her “number” comes up on The Machine.

Acker this season has also guest-starred on both Grimm and Once Upon a Time.

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• Christine Estabrook, who has been playing mom to Mad Men‘s Joan, will reprise her role as nosy neighbor Martha Huber in Desperate Housewives May 13 series finale, per The Hollywood Reporter.

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• Roger Bart (Desperate Housewives, Revenge) and Dan Futterman (Judging Amy) have nabbed recurring roles in USA Network’s upcoming drama Political Animals, Deadline reports. The six-episode series (starring Sigourney Weaver and James Wolk) centers on a fractured First Family in the midst of a political and personal crisis. Futterman joins as a journalist and love interest for Carla Gugino’s character, while Bart will play the new president’s Chief of Staff and a major foe for Weaver’s Elaine.

The answer: Newsman Anderson Cooper and Chris Matthews, Lewis Black (The Daily Show), Dr. Mehmet Oz and NBA great/recent New Girl guest Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The question: “Who will be competing in Jeopardy!’s Power Players Week, airing May 14-18?”

• Real-life astronaut Mike Massimino is set to return to The Big Bang Theory for its Season 5 finale (airing May 10), per TVGuide.com.

• Bravo has renewed its freshman docu-series Shahs of Sunset for a second season.

• FEARnet has renewed its first original scripted series Holliston for a second season.

• NBC has given the green light to White Elephant, a new game show from former Deal or No Deal host Howie Mandel based on the holiday gift-swapping game. (See this Office clip for reference.) The game will consist of six contestants selecting one package from a pile of wrapped presents containing millions of dollars each… and then the swapping begins.

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