TVLine Items: True Blood Ups Robert Patrick to Regular, Eliza Dushku Joins The Saint and More!

TrueBlood_RPatrickSomething wolfy this way came to True Blood last season — and now he’s not going anywhere.

Robert Patrick has been promoted to series regular in the HBO drama’s upcoming sixth season, Deadline reports. The X-Files alum guest-starred in a handful of episodes this past summer as Alcide’s wayward werewolf father Jackson Herveaux.

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The actor’s True Blood status bump comes on the heels of the cancellation of ABC’s Last Resort, where he co-starred as the rogue submarine’s master chief.

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• Eliza Dushku has landed the female lead in The Saint, a backdoor pilot from mega-prodcuer Brad Krevoy’s production company MPCA, Deadline reports. A fresh take on Leslie Charteris’ book franchise, the project follows modern-day Robin Hood Simon Templar (played by HawthoRNe‘s Adam Rayner) and his on-again/off-again love Patricia Holm (Dushku). Erstwhile 007 Roger Moore, who starred in the 1962 rendition of The Saint, will co-produce.

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• FX has ordered a drama pilot from Homeland EPs Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff and Six Feet Under‘s Craig Wright. Titled Tyrant, the project is described as a “reverse Homeland” and centers on an unassuming American family pulled into the goings-on of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation.

• Former Today host Meredith Vieira is set to return to General Hospital on Friday, Dec. 14, TV Guide Magazine reports, reprising her role as (now) ex-madam Bree Flanders.

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Comments (11)

  • I love The Saint. Hope this one is good.

    Comment by Josh – December 10, 2012 11:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How can a pilot be a backdoor pilot without a show to premiere inside? (Like Private Practice was a backdoor pilot inside an episode of Grey’s Anatomy)

    Comment by A – December 10, 2012 12:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That’s a “planted pilot.” A “backdoor pilot” can be a TV-movie. Management

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – December 10, 2012 12:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Ahhh thank you for the clarification. Learn somethin’ new every day here at TVLine…

        Comment by A – December 10, 2012 01:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • And I remember the Val Kilmer Elizabeth Shue version.

    Comment by Renee – December 10, 2012 02:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Really liked it when I was younger, but it doesn’t hold up well, memories should stay memories, lol.

      Comment by Dan Sorenson – December 10, 2012 07:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • didn’t see a channel for The Saint?

    Comment by Danielle Hamilton – December 10, 2012 03:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So good to know she will be back on T.V. Yay!

    Comment by Jj – December 10, 2012 04:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ANOTHER regular for True Blood? They have too many characters and not enough episodes per season to do them all justice. If they focused on the core characters, the storylines would be much more coherent. And I love Alcide, but I was so bored with his plot last season.

    Comment by Mikael – December 11, 2012 09:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Disappointing news. Nothing against the actor but the wolf plot was by far the weakest of the last season. They either need to figure out something else to do with them or start whittling down the cast.

    Comment by Erin – December 11, 2012 12:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Has Anna lost all her Pregnancy weight for Season 6? I know she used a body double last season– think she’ll need one again?

    Comment by VeVay – December 25, 2012 08:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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