TVLine Items: Lost Boss' Next Project Revealed, New NBC Comedy Adds Erinn Hayes and More!

Praise the Man In Black, Jacob and, heck, even Sawyer’s luscious locks! Damon Lindelof is officially putting to good use his new three-year deal with Warner Bros. TV and (finally) returning to television.

The former Lost boss is HBO-bound to develop The Leftovers, Deadline reports, a new drama based on the 2011 novel by the same name. The project centers on a post-Rapture world and the people coping with having been left behind.

Lindelof will co-write and executive-produce the pilot with Leftovers author Tom Perrotta, and will also act as showrunner should HBO move forward with the series.

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• Childrens Hospital‘s Erinn Hayes has joined the cast of NBC’s fall comedy, Guys With Kids, where she’ll play the controlling ex-wife of Jesse Bradford’s character. The actress replaces Sara Rue, who played the part in the pilot but has since moved over to ABC’s new series, Malibu Country.

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Travis Fimmel (The Beast), Jessalyn Gilsig (Glee) and Katheryn Winnick (Bones) have joined the cast of Vikings, a scripted History series to be filmed in Ireland.

Marin Hinkle (Two and a Half Men) has been made a series regular on NBC’s new midseason drama, Infamous, Deadline reports. She guest-starred in the primetime soap’s pilot — which follows a detective who, in order to solve a murder, goes undercover in the family she grew up with — as the wife of Tate Donovan’s character.

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Comedy Central has given the green light to three new comedian-centric series: The Untitled Anthony Jeselnik Show, a weekly, topical talk show; an untitled sketch-based series starring Amy Schumer; and The Ben Show, which finds Ben Hoffman conquering various life journeys.

Travel Channel has renewed two of its original series, Hotel Impossible and Baggage Battles, for second seasons.

No celebratory plans for the Fourth of July? TNT’s got you covered with a five-hour Dallas marathon. Beginning at 5/4c, catch up on the reboot’s first four episodes, leading up to an all-new installment at 9 pm.

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