TVLine Items: Exclusive Californication Scoop, Drop Dead Diva Gets a Bit Shameless and More

Patrick Fischler is set to return to Californication next season — and with him comes an intoxicating twist, TVLine has learned exclusively.

The Lost alum will reprise his role as Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor Gabriel, but here’s the kicker: Fischler’s character won’t be counseling Jason Beghe’s Richard this time around. Rather, we’re hearing he’ll sponsor a “major character” in Season 6. (Hit the comments with your guesses!)

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

• Tyler Jacob Moore — who this season recurred on both Showtime’s Shameless and ABC’s ill-fated GCB — will guest-star in an upcoming episode of Drop Dead Diva, TVLine has learned exclusively. The actor will appear in the Lifetime dramedy’s Aug. 12 outing as a Princeton-educated man who is arrested for donating sperm to his friend — a good deed that violates a 2005 federal law that made it illegal for gay men to donate.

In other DDD news, Kim Kardashian’s con-artist character will return for Season 4′s penultimate installment, per The Hollywood Reporter. Nancy Grace will play herself in the same hour, while Cameron Mathison (All My Children) and Ashley Jones (The Bold and the Beautiful) will also guest-star.

RELATED | Shameless Is Coming to Comic-Con!

Tim Roth (Lie to Me) has signed on to headline Knifeman, a straight-to-series drama project being developed by Media Rights Capital entertainment group (the same people who for a brief spell some years ago brought you The CW’s Sunday line-up). Per Deadline, David Cronenberg (A History of Violence) will direct the pilot and executive-produce the show, which centers on a self-taught (!) surgeon who goes to great lengths to unveil the secrets of the human body.

• MTV has given a pilot order to Little Esther, a docu-comedy centering on 24-year-old comedienne Esther Povitsky. Per Deadline, the project will provide a glimpse into the youthful side of L.A.’s comedy scene.

• A&E has renewed Duck Dynasty for a 26-episode second season, to bow in late 2012.

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Comments (7)

  • Love Fischler! He’s great on everything he’s on. And loved him on Californication last season. I bet he’s sponsor to Marcy. That would be hilarious.

    Comment by TvHead – June 21, 2012 04:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Let us know the deets on Knifeman as soon as them come out! Tim Roth is sorely missed on my TV :(

    Comment by Danielle H – June 21, 2012 04:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Patrick Fischler created one of the best characters ever on Mad Men. Bring back Jimmy Barrett!!

    Comment by Heather R. – June 21, 2012 05:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 26 episode seasons of a show called Duck Dynasty? And people wonder why I despise all Reality TV.

    Comment by TheDude – June 21, 2012 05:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Don’t count it out yet…….they might be able to cast a top-notch Duck Joan Collins and make it worth tuning in.

      Comment by CJ – June 21, 2012 10:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m not really digging DDDiva so far this season.

    Comment by Velvet – June 25, 2012 09:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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