TVLine Items: Castle Books Antonio Sabato Jr., Parenthood Season 5 First Look and More

antonio-sabato-jr-300Castle has nabbed a bold, beautiful guest star for an upcoming nostalgia trip of an episode.

Soap hunk Antonio Sabato Jr. (The Bold and the Beautiful) is slated to guest-star on Season 6 of the ABC drama, TVGuide.com reports.

Sabato will play Ramon Russo, an actor best known for his role on 2 Cool For School, a fictional ’90s sitcom reminiscent of Saved By the Bell. When the show’s Screech-like character is murdered prior to a reunion movie, Castle, Esposito and Ryan must investigate… until someone very familiar steps in to help.

The actor has plenty of 1990s-era pop culture cred of his own: He played General Hospital‘s Jagger Cates in the early part of that decade and debuted on Melrose Place in 1995.

Season 6 of Castle premieres on Monday, Sept. 23 at 10/9c.

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

• NBC has released a first look at Parenthood‘s fifth season (premiering Sept. 26 at 10/9c). Press PLAY below for a brief glimpse at what’s ahead for the Bravermans, including Crosby and Jasmine’s new bundle of joy, Amber’s plan to say “I do” to Ryan and more.

Dateline NBC‘s Chris Hansen is parting ways with the network, per TVGuide.com. The correspondent, known for his “To Catch a Predator” investigations, said in a statement that he has not renewed his contract in favor of pursuing “hosting and executive producing projects that will be announced in the coming months.”

• The season finales of One Life to Live and All My Children will air on Aug. 19 and Sept. 2, respectively, The OnLine Network announced Friday.

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• Bravo has ordered a third season of Million Dollar Listing New York, after its Season 2 finale on Wednesday night drew series-high ratings.

• Veteran actor Michael Ansara, known for playing Klingon commander Kang in various Star Trek series, died on Wednesday. He was 91.

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19 Comments
  1. Matt says:

    Antonio is from General Hospital, not B&B!

    • Philip says:

      He was on both soaps actually. First he was Jagger on GH in the ’90s, then he signed on to play Dante from 2005 to 2006

  2. KK says:

    Castle, Esposito and Ryan investigate? I guess Beckett will still be in DC then… are they going to do 2 cases an episode, an FBI one and a 12th precinct one?

    • Katie says:

      I would guess that the “someone very familiar” who steps in to help is Beckett…

      • nick1372 says:

        I don’t know about that. It doesn’t really make much sense, storywise. If Beckett really accepts the DC job, why would they send her immediately back to her old precinct for a case?? It’s got to be someone else. Wouldn’t it be a perfect time for Dana Delany’s character to return? Her show got cancelled, and you can’t have the only woman at the precinct be Gates. ;)

  3. Joey says:

    The promo video for the new season of Parenthood looks good. I can’t wait to see it.

  4. brycealexander says:

    Naturally the Sarah storyline takes focus for the promo. I love her (not so much Hank) but I hate how every preview focuses/ends with her.

    • Anna says:

      It’s because she’s the mess of the family. People tend to be more fascinated by the trainwrecks than the ones who have their life together. It’s great that she’s not the sole focus of the show, but it makes sense they would feature her more prominently in promos.

  5. kajar says:

    I remember the original Klingons very fondly. Sad that we’ve now lost all three (Michael Ansara, William Campbell, and John Colicos). Mr. Ansara also made a very impressionable technomage on Babylon 5 (among a whole host of other notable character parts throughout his career). RIP indeed.

  6. april-ann says:

    Man, he is HOT.

  7. Can’t wait for the exciting fifth season of Parenthood when it airs September 26th. It’s going to be tough for the Bravermans this season going up against Elementary and Scandal in the 10 p.m. Thursday night time slot.

    • Ben says:

      Scandal will definitely beat Parenthood but I still think Parenthood can bring in as much if not better ratings that last season. In fact, I think Parenthood in most episodes may be able to beat Elementary in the 18-49 rating.

  8. Jane says:

    Sabato = Major Eye Candy. Nice to see eye candy for the female fans to add to the eye candy that is already there. Michael Ansara was a hell of an actor. One of the best “bad guys” out there, though it was nice to see him play a good guy once in a while too. RIP

  9. jenferner8 says:

    I’m really tired of headlines screaming about who will be guest staring on what, as if viewers will miss the importance of the guest star if not informed immediately.

    • Badpenny says:

      It’s really more about the fact that there’s no real information out there about the various upcoming series. It’s easy for sites like this to look at the agent call sheets and see who’s been signed for what series and then give you that information. That way it looks like they’re giving you previews when, in fact, they’re just reading names off a list.

  10. Sara says:

    About Chris Hansen, how will people know whether they need to have a seat or not?

  11. Tom Charles says:

    Kudos for the mention of Ansara.

  12. DL says:

    He’s “slated” to guest star? Would that be a pun relating to his Slater-esque looks (and, perhaps, his character)? Or am I reading too much into that? xD

  13. Lisbeth Slander says:

    How odd for NBC to hold out until the last minute to renew Parenthood to being with, yet they move it to Thursday against Scandal as if it’s a formidable opponent to that heavily buzzy show. I hope Parenthood can hold its own against it.

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