TVLine Items: Ravenswood Recast, Sherlock Vet to Thrones, Psych Casting News and More

PLL Spinoff Ravenswood RecastABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars spin-off Ravenswood is making a major casting change ahead of filming its pilot next week.

Merritt Patterson (photo, left) will replace Elizabeth Whitson as one of the series’ leading ladies, Olivia, TVLine has confirmed. Patterson had previously been cast as Olivia’s best friend, but has since been bumped up due to “the direction the character is now headed.”

Whitson, as a result, will exit the project. The Hollywood Reporter first reported on the recast.

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

• ABC’s new fall drama Lucky 7 has bumped up Alex Castillo to series regular, TVLine has learned exclusively. The series centers on seven employees at a Queens-area service station who win the lottery. The actress, who guest-stars in the pilot, plays the longtime wife of Luis Antonio Ramos’ lotto winner Antonio.

• Sometime Doctor Who guest star/Sherlock cocreator/screenwriter/novelist Mark Gatiss will appear on Season 4 of Game of Thrones, in a role yet to be revealed, reports.

• Funnyman Tom Arnold has been tapped to guest-star in Psych‘s eighth (and final?) season, playing an Anchorage-area ghost whisperer who finds himself involved in a Santa Barbara murder.

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• Toby Jones (The Girl) has joined Fox’s Wayward Pines. From The Sixth Sense director M. Night Shyamalan, the event series is described as a thriller centering on a Secret Service agent named Ethan Burke (played by Matt Dillon) who’s searching for two missing agents in the titular town. Jones will play Ethan’s psychiatrist.

• Fox has released a teaser video for the new Season of The X Factor, which opens the network’s fall TV slate on Wednesday, Sept. 11. And here it is!

Which TVLine Items have you talking today?

Comments (20)

  • Tom Arnold funny? Ehhh. But it’s Psych, so of course I’ll be watching his episode.

    Comment by Andy – July 17, 2013 10:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Funnyman Tom Arnold? When has Tom Arnold ever been funny?

    Comment by Michael Grooms – July 17, 2013 10:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • “Hit & Run”

      Comment by cgrealms – July 17, 2013 04:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • UGH, seriously, Tom Arnold? WHY?! I actually dislike that man enough to ALMOST consider skipping that episode.

    Comment by Rob – July 17, 2013 11:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • To be fair, can’t virtually every British actor be called a Doctor Who collaborator? You’d be hard pressed to find an actor who hasn’t been in it at one point or another.

    Comment by Aleksalynn – July 17, 2013 11:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You make a good point, though there are far fewer who have both guest starred and written episodes of the show as well. I’d be pleased to be proven wrong, but I’m pretty sure that’s a list of just one.

      Comment by wordsmith – July 17, 2013 01:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Mace Tyrell hopefully.

    Comment by Tim – July 17, 2013 11:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I can see him as Mace.

      Comment by Drewer – July 17, 2013 05:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The X-Factor: Sponsored by outdated gender roles.

    Comment by Sam – July 17, 2013 11:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’ll be awesome seeing Mycroft Holmes in Game of Thrones!

    Comment by Melinda – July 17, 2013 12:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Tom Arnold can be funny. I really liked his appearance on Franklin & Bash.

    Comment by Zach – July 17, 2013 12:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So is Elisabeth Whitson playing Merrits old role? Elisabeth is beautiful and definitely looks like she’d fit the bio of ‘Olivia’ this is bad news :(

    Comment by Cherry – July 17, 2013 12:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Also, they may aswell recast Brett Dier’s role, since Brett Dier plays Olivia’s twin brother … yet Elizabeth Whitson looks more like him than Merritt.

    Comment by Cherry – July 17, 2013 01:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • My advice for Fox and X Factor: canceled it after three seasons. :-(

    Comment by Jack Bauer 2.0 – July 17, 2013 01:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hated Tom Arnold in Sons of Anarchy. I hope the episode is still funny with him in it.

    Comment by A – July 17, 2013 01:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • To be fair Mark Gatiss writes for DR Who too and is the co creator of Sherlock with Stephen Moffatt who runs DR Who. He has also written a drama due to be shown on bbc4 about how dr who came about. So dr who collaborator is fair he has a lot of input!

    Comment by Lisa – July 17, 2013 01:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Am I the only one who thinks “Haven” when reading what Wayward Pines is about, and that’s from Shyamalan?

    Comment by Delirious – July 17, 2013 02:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I have to say, PLL this week peaked my interest for Ravenswood. And here I was hoping to detach myself from teen thriller-dramas after PLL… oh well.

    Comment by Lucy – July 17, 2013 02:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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