TVLine Items: NCIS Lands Star Wars Alum, Jodie Foster Brings Mob Drama to Showtime and More!

Billy Dee Williams is coming to NCIS this fall as — Leroy Jethro?!

The Star Wars vet will appear in an October episode of the CBS procedural as the man Mark Harmon’s lead character — Leroy Jethro Gibbs — was named after, TV Guide Magazine reports.

Speaking with TVLine at the network’s summer press tour soiree, NCIS boss Gary Glasberg described Williams’ character as “someone who plays a significant role in relationship to Gibbs’ father.”

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NCIS kicks off Season 10 on Sept. 25 at 8/7c.

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

• Jodie Foster is stepping behind the camera at Showtime. Per Deadline, the big-screen star will direct and executive-produce Angie’s Body, a mob drama project centering on woman who runs a family-based crime syndicate. Rob Fresco (Touch, Heroes) will pen the project, while Community‘s Russ Krasnoff will also exec-produce.

• The Killing and Homeland alumna Marin Ireland has nabbed the female lead in AMC’s untitled pilot written by Richard LaGravenese (P.S. I Love You) and directed by Tony Goldwyn (Scandal). As reported by Deadline, the legal drama centers on a District Attorney who, upon discovering new evidence, begins reinvestigating a once-sensational murder case.

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• The Glee kids are confirmed to get their Carly Rae Jepsen on in the Sept. 13 Season 4 premiere when they perform the pop starlet’s summer smash “Call Me Maybe,” per

• Ringer creators Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder are developing a New Orleans-based Gothic thriller for NBC.

• VH1 is pulling Ev & Ocho from the schedule after Chad Johnson’s arrest for an alleged domestic violence dispute this weekend, Broadcasting & Cable reports. The reality series was slated to premiere on Sept. 3.

• TruTV has renewed its reality series Black Gold for a 10-episode fifth season.

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Comments (7)

  • Kind of odd since Billy Dee is only 14 years older than Mark.

    Comment by Templar – August 13, 2012 02:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Thats what I was thinking, unless they age him more in the series..

      Comment by Vanny – August 14, 2012 02:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Chad Johnson aka Ochocinco is a loser. So happy the Patriots cut him loose.

    Comment by rebecca – August 13, 2012 04:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So Lando is Leroy Jethro. Interesting.

    Comment by Renee – August 13, 2012 07:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yay! I love the backstories on Gibbs and his team. Can’t wait for season X!

    Comment by Sarah Elizabeth Ann (@myownlittlecrnr) – August 13, 2012 09:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I can’t *wait* to see Billy Dee Williams as LJ. This is going to be terrific!

    Comment by tejas (@tejasjulia) – August 14, 2012 02:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ITA He was great on White Collar.

    Comment by Templar – August 14, 2012 04:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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