TVLine Items: Malcolm's Mom Visits The Middle, Once Upon a Time Lands a Liar and More!

Jane Kaczmarek will once more be in The Middle, though this time without Malcolm.

The actress, an Emmy nominee for her role on Fox’s Malcolm in the Middle, has been tapped to appear in a Season 4 episode of the ABC comedy, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. She’ll play a career-college teacher who butts heads with new student Frankie (Patricia Heaton).

Kaczmarek’s most recent TV credits include Whitney, Wilfred and the short-lived Raising the Bar.

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The Middle, meanwhile, debuts its fourth season in an hour-long episode tonight at 8/7c.

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

• Annabeth Gish (Pretty Little Liars, The X Files) will guest-star in Once Upon a Time‘s second season, reports. She’ll play a “charismatic, beautiful and mysterious” leader of a pack of humans who are actually wolves.

• Bernadette Peters will reprise her role as Ivy’s Broadway vet mother in Smash‘s Season 2, per Vulture.

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• Fred Willard, Michael McKean and Ed Begley Jr. have nabbed recurring roles in Christopher Guest’s upcoming HBO series Family Tree, per The Hollywood Reporter. The eight-episode, docu-style comedy follows a down-on-his-luck man (played by Bridesmaids‘ Chris O’Dowd) as he begins exploring his heritage after receiving a strange box from a great-aunt.

• Josh Schwartz (Gossip Girl) has sold two drama pilots to ABC, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The first, an untitled legal drama from Schwartz and Chuck‘s Matthew Miller, centers on two young lawyers who, upon entering a floundering job market, begin working for an ambulance chaser. Wrongful Death, meanwhile, has Hart of Dixie‘s Donald Todd at the helm and is described as a “modern crime drama set amid the beaches, buildings and swamps of Florida.”

• Greg Berlanti is developing a modern-day Wuthering Heights for NBC. Per the The Hollywood Reporter, the drama, titled Napa, will set doomed lovers Catherine and Heathcliff against the backdrop of California’s wine country.

• ABC has acquired Troupe Stars, a singing competition series in which current and former soldiers perform, per

Which TVLine Items have you talking today?

Comments (22)

  • So I guess we know what Red’s storyline on OUAT will involve!

    Comment by Dizzle – September 26, 2012 12:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am guessing ABC has never heard of The Glades. Wrongful Death is pretty much the same show based on that short description.

    Comment by Cleo – September 26, 2012 12:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • And do we really need ANOTHER legal and crime drama. c’mon

      Comment by Russ – September 26, 2012 01:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Actually, The Good Wife and Made in Jersey are the only legal dramas on TV.

        Comment by nick1372 – September 26, 2012 01:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • If “Franklin & Bash” gets renewed, that’s the third. And “Drop Dead Diva” would be the fourth.

          Comment by Jared Munson – September 26, 2012 01:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Let’s not forget about Suits.

            Comment by april – September 26, 2012 02:31 PM PDT  
          • I know. I meant on broadcast TV.

            Comment by nick1372 – September 26, 2012 05:56 PM PDT  
        • L&O: SVU has a legal part also. And on basic cable, there’s Suits and Fairly Legal (probably not for long) as well. But I agree there’s not that much (and it’s refreshing), compared to crime dramas that is. You guys need to stop with those. ;)

          Comment by damian – September 26, 2012 02:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Well, SVU isn’t about the legal part. It’s about the detectives.

            Comment by nick1372 – September 26, 2012 05:57 PM PDT  
        • What are Suits and Franklin & Bash?

          Comment by Tara – September 26, 2012 06:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • They’re both legal shows about 2 male lawyers who are friends. Suits is on USA and F&B is on TNT.

            Comment by nick1372 – September 27, 2012 06:44 PM PDT  
        • Fairly Legal,Harry’s Law(some Comedy),many others I’m forgetting.

          Comment by Shaun – September 26, 2012 10:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Harry’s Law was cancelled… months ago. And I already said I meant broadcast TV, so Fairy Legal doesn’t count.

            Comment by nick1372 – September 27, 2012 06:43 PM PDT  
  • Can’t wait for The Middle and OUAT!

    Both ABC projects look incredibly boring.
    Wrongful Death = CSI Miami 2.0

    Comment by nick1372 – September 26, 2012 01:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Very interested in what NBC will do with Smash and Revolution come midseason, if Revolution stays good, which i’m guessing it will, where will Smash go, will they move Revolution to a problem slot or maybe do that with Smash, very interested in that. Anyone else have any opinions on that??

    Comment by Martin – September 26, 2012 02:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Revolution is terrible.
    The writing is so bad, the characters fall flat and you’re barely interested in what’s happening.
    That plus the big mystery which sounds just like flash forward…. ‘A blackout’?! This crap passes for sci-fi?
    The show would be better if they called it ‘Revolution’ but instead ran reruns of Xena: Warrior Princess.

    Comment by Loki – September 26, 2012 02:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • So far, it’s an OK show. Just hope it doesn’t devolve into a “Lost” rehash. Will there be a smoke monster?

      Comment by Bob – September 27, 2012 07:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Finally someone hires Fred Willard! Hope Chris gets other members from his troupe as well.

    Comment by Eric – September 26, 2012 03:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes, at least HBO has the balls to allow Willard to act. Quite honestly, who cares if he’s a tally whacker? Don’t cops have better things to do than stake out porn theaters? Of course, with the Internet, who still needs to go to porn theaters?

      Comment by Bob – September 27, 2012 07:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • YES to Bernadette Peters return!!! She needs to be in a couple episodes every season, for sure.

    Comment by Danielle H – September 27, 2012 04:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Too many new characters on Once Upon a Time.

    Comment by Patti – September 27, 2012 06:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • There’s only 6 or so new ones. That’s less than the guest stars we had last year.

      Comment by nick1372 – September 29, 2012 07:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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