TVLine Items: Franco's Roasters Revealed, Dome Ratings Drop, S.H.I.E.L.D. Adds Lucky Guy & More

JamesFrancoComedyCentralRoastJames Franco‘s A-list pals have signed on to roast their friend.

Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live), Jonah Hill (This Is the End), Nick Kroll (The Kroll Show), Sarah Silverman (The Sarah Silverman Program.), Natasha Leggero (Burning Love) and Jeff Ross (The Burn With Jeff Ross) are among those slated to poke fun at the big-screen star/suds vet on his upcoming Comedy Central Roast. As previously announced, Seth Rogen will act as Roastmaster.

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Under the Dome, hindered in part by the ongoing Time Warner blackout in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas, hit a new ratings low Monday. CBS’ summer sleeper drew a still-potent 10.1 million viewers and a 2.3 demo rating, off roughly 10 percent week-to-week.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has cast Ian Hart (Bates Motel, Luck) in a top-secret recurring role, reports.

Freddie Prinze Jr. has been tapped to appear in an episode of Lifetime’s sexy new drama Witches of East End. Per, he’ll play an entomologist who falls for Wendy, who just so happens to be played by his former Freddie co-star Madchen Amick.

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Chris Diamantopoulos (The Office) and Jake Sandvig (Cracking Up) have been tapped to star in Bryan Fuller’s new Syfy pilot High Moon, per The Hollywood Reporter. Based on the novel The Lotus Caves, the potential series centers on a future in which the countries of Earth have established colonies to mine the moon’s resources. However, chaos erupts after a new life form is discovered.

Whodunnit host Gildart Jackson will guest-star in Supernatural‘s ninth season, per The Hollywood Reporter, playing a member of the Men of Letters in a 1930s flashback. The CW spookfest premieres Oct. 8.

The Lying Game‘s Allie Gonino has joined Sundance Channel’s new drama The Red Road (fka The Descendants), The Hollywood Reporter reports. The series revolves around a sheriff (played by Off the Map‘s Martin Henderson) struggling to keep his family together while policing two clashing communities. Gonino will play the daughter of a local cop.

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  1. Jake says:

    Am I the only one who feels that Under the Dome is starting to get tedious? The last two episodes I’ve had to shut off in the middle and go back the next to finish on my DVR.

  2. Talmidge says:

    The James Franco roast looks pretty good. The roasts are way funnier when the people involved actually know the person getting roasted. The trump and sheen ones were really awkward because no one actually knew them and I don’t even think they actually liked him.

  3. SAM says:

    Not to be mean, but while the people who are roasting Franco are successful, most of them don’t really fit the criteria of “A-List” as would be defined by the Ulmer List. Maybe B or B+?

  4. Under a TV Dome says:

    Any chance the DOME ratings decline is partially due to the fact that viewers are pissed that the “limited” series has now been renewed? Most of us were happy it was going to be a mini series JUST this summer and wrap up with a tidy ending by early September. But noooooooooooo, CBS is now at least stretching it out another summer. And dragging out the non-answers. This is what causes most of these types of shows to fail.

    • tardis repairman says:

      Frankly, no. It was anounced early on that there was a chance the show would continue past the first season if it was deemed successful. The show seems to be getting better. Stephen King is supposed to write the first episode of season two.

      How is it this is getting so many of the same complaints? When The Dead Zone had a successful run as a series I don’t recall such gnashing of teeth from the fandom.

      • Under a TV Dome says:

        Frankly, my dear..ha..maybe because so many shows over the past 5 years have left us hanging? The list is so long I have no room to type them all: V, Flash Forward, Alcatraz, Terra Nova, The Event, etc. And then the series that had great potential but dragged on too long for crappy finales — like LOST.

        Now this series is greatly going to deviate from the book because they are going to drag it out and need to create new story branches to keep adding eps. Ratings will continue to drop off because some viewers will give up caring. I’d really applaud a network that said — here’s a great one-season summer show that will have a beginning and end within 12-13 eps. ENJOY!

        • Len says:

          Ratings drop off in every show. Even limited series ones.

          There is only two more episodes to go. I don’t see a sudden implosion of ratings, and 10 million during the summer is quite phenom.

          I don’t think Dome has anything to worry abot a few that stop watching becuae it’s suddenly longer.

  5. Cherry says:

    Happy to hear Allie Gonino got a gig soon after Lying Game, still miss that show.
    I hope Alex Chando and the rest of the great cast get something lines up soon!

  6. Jared says:

    So happy to see Allie Gonino get another series so fast and get away from ABCFamily.