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TVLine Items: Good Wife Lands Brian Dennehy, Ryan Lochte Goes for 30 Rock Gold and More!

The Good Wife Brian DennehyVeteran actor Brian Dennehy has booked a guest spot in an upcoming episode of The Good Wife, TVLine has confirmed.

The six-time Emmy nominee — whose nods include recognition of his work in 2000’s Death of a Salesman — drops by Season 4 (bowing Sept. 30) as a folksy lawyer with close ties to military contractors. He’ll go up against Alicia in court when Julianna Margulies’ leading lady represents a military lawyer (played by Amanda Peet) who sues a contract worker for attempted sexual assault.

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Dennehy’s most recent TV roles include turns on Rizzoli & Isles, Rules of Engagement and 30 Rock.

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

• Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte tells New York Magazine that he’s shooting a 30 Rock cameo this week. TVLine has confirmed the casting, though additional details on his golden guest spot are being kept under wraps for now.

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• Speaking of 30 Rock… Tina Fey will voice a substitute teacher who does not take to Lisa in a spring episode of The Simpsons, EW.com reports.

• On Wednesday, Fox unveiled five songs to be featured in the first two episodes of Glee‘s upcoming Season 4 — and now we’re passing that scoopage on to you. Heather Morris will get her Britney Spears on again, singing “Gimme More,” while Darren Criss and Kevin McHale have a mash-up of Spears’ “Boys” and Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend” on their hands. Kate Hudson, meanwhile, will blend Lady Gaga’s “Americano” and Jennifer Lopez’s “Dance Again,” and Imagine Dragon’s “It’s Time” will be sung by Darren Criss. And, as previously reported, most of the cast will perform Carly Rae Jepson’s “Call Me Maybe.”

• From Ratingsland: Saturday’s season premiere of Doctor Who gave BBC America its most watched, highest-rated telecast ever, with 1.6 million total viewers and 723K landing in the target 25-54 demo.

• Lucy Lawless will pay tribute to her late Spartacus co-star Andy Whitfield — who lost his battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma last year — this Friday as part of the always moving Stand Up to Cancer fundraiser (airing at 8/7c on all major broadcast networks, as well as cablers including Starz and Encore). Press PLAY below for a look at the remembrance, which also features footage from the upcoming Whitfield documentary.

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  1. Mikaylah says:

    Wow, way to make me cry. That promo is seriously touching.

    • Pattie says:

      Agreed. Seeing him with his young children … :(

      • Mikaylah says:

        Definitely. I looked up his bio after watching the video. I had no idea he had two young kids, and he was only 30. He was married to his wife 10 years. I can’t imagine what his death must have been like for them. Well, I kind of can, since my own dad died when I was young. It is such a tragic loss for children to experience.

    • Danielle H says:

      SOO sad.. I thought he was going to get better then he just died. Very moving promo.

  2. Dawg32 says:

    The Olympics are over, can’t the spotlight on Ryan Lochte be over too? The only thing I have seen him on that I have enjoyed is seeing his mental prowess on “The Soup”. God help the world if he is chosen as the new “Bachelor”.

  3. Emily says:

    Well, it’s 30 Rock. Hopefully he’ll be the butt of a joke.

  4. Leah says:

    Didn’t see the Andy Whitfield tribute on Friday and then I watched the whole hour…