TVLine Items: Mekhi Phifer Moves Into House of Lies, Outbreak Gets TV Treatment and More!

House of Lies Mekhi PhiferMekhi Phifer has found a new home on House of Lies.

The ER alum joins the Showtime comedy’s upcoming third season as Dre, a business mogul who hires Don Cheadle’s Marty to help grow his empire, Deadline reports.

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Phifer’s most recent TV credits include White Collar and Torchwood.

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• NBC may be headed for an Outbreak. ER executive producers John Wells and Jack Orman are re-teaming on a new medical drama based on the 1995 film, Deadline reports. The project, which has been given a pilot-production commitment at the EPs’ former network, follows a group racing to “contain a lethal virus before it becomes a global pandemic.”

• Lindsey Kraft (Southland, The Mob Doctor) has landed a recurring role on Wayward Pines, Fox’s upcoming M. Night Shyamalan-produced event series, TVLine has learned exclusively. She’ll play Darla, the younger sister of Shannyn Sossamon’s Theresa.

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• Will & Grace scene-stealer Leslie Jordan has landed a top-secret role in American Horror Story: Coven. The actor first revealed the casting on his official Facebook page.

• Aussie actor Rick Cosnett has joined The Vampire Diaries‘ fifth season as a biology professor who doesn’t take kindly to Elena and Caroline, EW.com reports. Meanwhile, spin-off The Originals’ latest witch will be played by Alexandra Metz (Chicago Fire). Per Deadline, the character has a hidden agenda that will rattle New Orleans.

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• Daryl Hannah will guest-star in a Season 4 installment of Hawaii Five-0, AccessHollywood.com reports, playing a shady real estate agent.

• Bravo has renewed its yacht-tastic docu-series Below Deck for a second season.

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