TVLine Items: Jeffrey Tambor Visits The Good Wife, James Franco Gets Roasted and More!

The Good Wife CAst Jeffrey TamborFor George Bluth, there’s always money in the banana stand. For Jeffrey Tambor, there’s always a juicy new gig right around the corner — and his next role’s a Good one.

The Arrested Development fave has landed a guest spot in The Good Wife‘s Sept. 29 premiere (CBS, Sept. 29), HuffPost TV reports. He’ll play a judge ruling over a case involving the death penalty.

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Tambor joins a group of previously announced Season 5 players, including Ben Rappaport (Outsourced) and Melissa George (Alias).

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

• And Comedy Central’s next roastee is… James Franco! The big-screen star (and sometime soap actor) will be the subject of much lovable ridicule during the cabler’s next Roast, which shoots in August and airs Labor Day weekend.

Doctor Who vet/Torchwood star John Barrowman is offering up his take on who should next portray TV’s Time Lord. “The character of River Song was so popular in the last part of the series and it was such an impact, why shouldn’t we have a female doctor?” the actor opined to ITV’s Daybreak. “Give it a whirl, if it doesn’t work… she can always regenerate back to a man — I’ve been there; I’ve watched them do it.”

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• Rob Lowe will reprise his role as film star Eddie Nero in a Season 7 episode of Californication, which is slated to bow in 2014.

• Ready to meet The Newsroom‘s new additions? Press PLAY below for intros to Season 2’s (premiering July 14) fresh faces, including Marcia Gay Harden (Law & Order: SVU), Hamish Linklater (The Good Wife), Grace Gummer (Zero Hour) and Constance Zimmer (Entourage).

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  1. anawesomeweirdo says:

    I don’t get the whole regeneration thing. I mean if a time lord is born a man, and gets married to a woman, then regenerates into a woman. That’ll be kind of messy no?
    I never got it really, does changing your appearance mean changing your gender too?! Have they ever clarified it? I’ve only seen the new series, and i don’t remember them ever bringing it up…

    • Naomi says:

      They did. Twice in the new series. First time was at the end of “The End of Time” when 10 regenerated into 11, when 11 was checking how the regen turned out he exclaims “I’M A GIRL!” as if it was normal.

      Then in “The Doctor’s Wife” The Doctor talks about a fellow Time Lord called The Corsair who he explicitly says had both male and female regenerations. :)

  2. Mike says:

    Erstwhile Doctor Who cast member John Barrowman #corrections. Instead of having the Doctor regenerate into a woman, they should just introduce a Time Lady that they can then spin off if she’s popular enough, a la Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures.

  3. Jared says:

    The roast of James Franco?? Really?? What could possibly be said about him other than he always looks stoned?

    • M3rc Nate says:

      I think theres quite a bit, and maybe even more we dont know (that his friends do like in “This is the End”). His Soap Opera stint, his weed smoking, the Oscar fiasco, crappy movies hes done, his Artsy/hippy personality/quirks, his going to college especially all the drama from that (publicized complaints about him as a peer). etc

  4. M3rc Nate says:

    Im so over this “female doctor” thing. I get its sci-fi so you can KINDA makeup any reason you want for something…but the Doctor is MALE. There are constants which are FACTS even in the “Doctor Who” universe. There are female Time-Lords and Male-Time lords…yes they can regenerate and their appearance changes, but their sex/gender does NOT change. Get over it people pushing for a female doctor. Feel free to push for a Ginger Doctor or Doctor of a different skin color, but The Doctor is a MALE TIME-LORD. They are not both genders and regenerate between the two genders, they are not Commander Shepard (Mass Effect) in which there is no Canon so Shepard can either be male or female….The Doctor is male. Just like he always has two hearts, he always has male genitalia and an XY chromosome.

    IMO they screwed the perfect opportunity with The Doctors Daughter. She was half Time-Lord and went off into space to go on Doctor-like adventures…(and the actress was awesome, ended up marrying David Tennant and is the daughter of one of the older actors who played The Doctor).

    • Regal says:

      Umm… actually it’s already been established that Time Lords can switch genders. In The Doctor’s Wife, the Doctor mentions a Time Lord named Corsair who switched genders with each regeneration.

      • M3rc Nate says:

        Your 100% positive? Because if so then im all for a Female Doctor. Its only when its been a absolute fact that hes male that its super annoyed me all the female-doctor who fans wanting a male character to all of a sudden become female cause they want a female hero character (cause the vast majority are male).

  5. I don’t want a female Doctor. The Doctor has always identified himself as a man. And though gender issues are quite popular these days, not everybody has to have a crisis of gender. It is okay to be cis. Why not introduce a companion/character who can switch genders at will? Or a transgender character? The possibilities are endless! But to change the gender of a character who has seen himself as a man as long as we know him would feel forced to me, just a need to be politically correct at any cost.