TVLine Items: Lost, TVD Vets Join New Syfy Drama, Rebecca Mader Gets Collar'd and More!

Lost vet Fionnula Flanagan and Vampire Diaries alumna Mia Kirshner have been added to the cast of Syfy’s upcoming series Defiance.

Set in a dystopian future, the drama finds humans and aliens coexisting on a war-ravaged Earth that has been transformed by terra-forming machines.

Per Deadline, Flanagan joins as the popular ex-mayor of Defiance (the titular town), who now acts as a mentor to her successor, played by Julie Benz (Dexter). Kirshner, meanwhile, will play the city’s “self-assured” madam.

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Grant Bowler (True Blood) was previously cast as the series’ lead, the Chief Lawkeeper in the aforementioned boomtown, with Jaime Murray (Ringer) playing a member of an elite alien race.

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Rebecca Mader has nabbed a juicy guest spot in White Collar‘s upcoming fourth season. Per TVGuide.com, the Lost alumna will play Abigail, a con woman who blackmails Neal into helping with her latest heist — but that’s not all. Mader’s Collar gal will also attempt to seduce Diana, who is working undercover to take down the crookette.

It’s official: Lindsay Lohan will portray Elizabeth Taylor in Liz & Dick, an upcoming Lifetime original movie based on the movie icon’s epic romance Richard Burton.

Comedy Central will air a Between Two Ferns special on May 6 before the Comedy Awards, funnyman Scott Aukerman announced Monday on his “Comedy Bang Bang” podcast. The half-hour televised installment of the web series will feature Hangover star Zach Galifianakis interviewing 30 Rock‘s Tina Fey, Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart and businessman Richard Branson.

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Lifetime is not moving forward with American Housewife, the drama pilot starring Melanie Griffith and exec-produced by her hubby Antonio Banderas.

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20 Comments
  1. Caygri says:

    who is in lost?

  2. If Hollywood Squares was still being made, Lohan would be the center square, wouldn’t she?

  3. Lisa says:

    poor liz rolling over in her grave at the news that this train wreck is playing her!! terrible casting!!

  4. Not sure what the quality of Syfy’s other works are beyond Lost Girl (which is actually a Canadian acquisition and ROCKS), but Defiance sounds good. Like all of the talent that’s involved thus far, so definitely worth a look

    • leahbh says:

      I LOVE Lost Girl. I hope Syfy is working on getting the rights to air season 3 and any future seasons. (they only have rights for first 2) how awesome would it be if they got the rights to season 3 and it aired in the US the same time it was airing in Canada. I would love to not be a year behind.

      Mia Kirshner is TERRIBLE!!!! Can’t stand her. The show sounds interesting but I don’t know if I can stand to watch her.

      • Tommy says:

        I have to agree. She was the worst part of “the l word” and I always wanted to fast forward her vampire diaries episodes.

    • Susy says:

      Agree- Lost Girl rocks! Check out Being Human- OMG! So good! Aidan rules!

    • Olivia says:

      Warehouse 13 and Haven are also amazing :)

      • leahbh says:

        Tried to like Haven when it started, but just couldn’t get into it. LOVE Warehouse 13 and this last season of Eureka looks like it’ll be pretty good.

  5. Carmichael says:

    Grrrrrrrrrrrr am so psyched for Defiance but I’m scared Mia Kirshner’s character will be another Jenny Schecter all over again.

  6. Emily says:

    Not to be rude, but who exactly did that actress play on Lost? Not Rebecca Mader, the other one. Is this another one of those ‘insert show that actor was on for two seconds’ thing?

  7. theresa says:

    I can’t wait to see Defiance!! I love most everything on Syfy so this sounds like another good one.

  8. BillK says:

    “Set in a dystopian future, the drama finds wrestlers and ghost hunters coexisting on a mis-managed network that has long since lost its way from being a place to watch science fiction.”

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