TVLine Items: Arrow Targets Battlestar Galactica Hunk, Colbert to Host GMA, Jesus' Wife and More

Arrow has targeted genre-TV vet Tahmoh Penikett for a guest-starring role. has learned that the Battlestar Galactica and Dollhouse alum will drop by the new CW drama (bowing Oct. 10) as Tom Salvati, the right-hand man to mobster Frank Bertinelli — and The Huntress’ father (played by 24 alum Jeffrey Nordling)..

Penikett is the latest guest star in Arrow‘s quiver, which also includes Australian actress Jessica De Gouw as the aforementioned Huntress (aka Helena) and Torchwood‘s John Barrowman as the wealthy (yet generically named) Well-Dressed Man.

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

• The Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart and The O’Reilly Factor‘s Bill O’Reilly will go head-to-head in a live, pay-per-view event to be streamed online. “The Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium” will take place Oct. 6 at George Washington University; half of the event’s net profits will go to charity.

• Speaking of fake newsmen, Stephen Colbert is one of many stars who’ll fill in for Good Morning America host Robin Roberts while she’s on medical leave, The Associated Press reports. Other subs will include Modern Family cast members (a different one every day for a week) and Parks and Recreation‘s Rob Lowe, while Oprah Winfrey and newswomen Katie Couric, Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer also expected to sit in.

• Regis Philbin is headed back to daytime TV with a monthly gig on Rachael Ray, the Food Network star’s eponymous syndicated series. “I’m just a guy showing up on her show once a month,” the former Live! host tells USA Today. “It’s fun to be back on TV when you don’t have to do it every day.”

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• Ed Asner (Mary Tyler Moore) and Thomas Haden Church (Wings) will guest-voice Santa Claus and a rogue elf, respectively, on the upcoming season of Cartoon Network’s newly minted Emmy winner Regular Show, which returns Monday, Oct. 1 at 8/7c.

• The Smithsonian Channel has set a Sunday, Sept. 30 premiere for The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife, a one-hour special based on the new discovery of a fourth-century codex, written in the ancient Egyptian Coptic language, that refers to the wife of Jesus.

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  1. Deena says:

    Will dates be given for when each GMA sub will be on? I don’t want to miss Colbert. And will it be “pundit” Steven or just plain Steven?

    • Angela says:

      I want to know that, too. Finally, an excuse to watch the show! I look very forward to that.
      I’m also interested in the Stewart/O’Reilly debate.

  2. tvaddict says:

    Arrow is getting a lot of great guest stars. I just wish the show would start already!

  3. Megan says:

    Just when I think I couldn’t get more excited for Arrow…. is it October yet?

  4. uhyeahright says:

    Yeah I would definitely tape GMA when Colbert is on there, so hopefully they release the dates.

    Good to know Regis is having fun on TV.

  5. Tom Charles says:

    I like the thought of Ed Asner as Santa

  6. mia says:

    Dear God, the people behind Arrow just keep giving me reasons to watch this show. First Barrowman and now Penikett?!??! Is it October yet?!!

  7. Alyssa says:

    So excited for the Stewart/O’Reilly debate! I get to attend it live on campus :)

  8. wooster182 says:

    Captain Jack and Helo?!??! I just squeed so hard a new word needs to be coined for it.

  9. Sareeta says:

    Helo! Yet another reason to want to watch Arrow ASAP!

  10. Martin says:

    Oprah V Gail

  11. Lacy says:

    As a correction to the last item: what was found was merely a fragment (4cm x 8cm) with one line translated to “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife…'” Sorry-Scripture nerd here. It’s quite fascinating but the professor who made the discovery (Dr. King) said herself it doesn’t prove anything about Jesus’ marital status. A codex is much larger body of work.