TVLine Items: 24 Makes Time For Stephen Fry, Nashville Signs Charlotte Ross and More

Stephen Fry 24London-based 24: Live Another Day has made its first local hire, tapping Stephen Fry to recur as Prime Minister Trevor Davies.

Described as a strong and charismatic leader, Davies’ friendship with President Heller (William Devane) comes under tremendous pressure because of personal and political crises.

24: LAD premieres May 5 on Fox.

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Read for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well….

* Bates Motel will reopen on Monday, March 3 at 9/8c. Recurring guest stars checking into Season 2 of the A&E hit include Alias‘ Michael Vartan, The Shield‘s Kenny Johnson and Boss‘ Kathleen Robertson.

* FX has handed 10-episode series orders to the half-hour comedies Married (starring Nat Faxon and Judy Greer as a miserable couple) and You’re the Worst (starring Ava Cash and Chris Geere as a self-destructive couple).

* Charlotte Ross (VH1’s Hit the Floor) will guest star in a March episode of Nashville, TVLine has confirmed. The NYPD Blue alum will play a sober alcoholic who formerly worked as a back up singer on Rayna’s tours. She shares a unique spark with Deacon as they are both survivors of a troubled past.

* Revenge‘s Charlotte is getting a new love interest in the form of newcomer Henri Esteve, per TV Guide Magazine. Esteve’s Javier is a hacker from the wrong side of the tracks who finds himself living with Nolan under house arrest.

* Fox has picked up Utopia, a new reality series from Big Brother creator John de Mol. The show chronicles the interaction between strangers as they’re thrust together to form a new society.

* Kyle Bornheimer (The Family Tools) will stop by Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine, playing a cop from another precinct who used to date Santiago (Melissa Fumero) in a March episode, TV Guide Magazine reports.

* TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland is planning an animated episode in Season 5 that features homages to Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, The Walking Dead and Frankenstein.

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  1. ScrubsGuy says:

    Great casting choice on Stephen Fry – please don’t make him a bad guy through ludicrous plotting (a la Gregory Itzin’s Charles Logan).

  2. EJ386 says:

    Utopia is failing hard here in the Netherlands. They keep losing their participants and having to replace them. They lost almost half their viewers…

  3. philip says:

    Interesting news about Charlotte Ross on the same day that Days announces that her old character Eve is being recast with Kassie Depaiva. Lot of people wondering why Charlotte couldn’t return herself. Could this be why? I know this is only a guest spot on Nashville but who knows?

  4. BetaMaxOne says:

    Now sign Hugh Laurie already, dammit!!!

  5. Boiler says:

    Utopia?? No way!!

  6. stevie says:

    stephen fry in 24? could i BE anymore excited, mom?

  7. Scott says:

    Utopia is going to be confusing. There’s already a very stylish British thriller with that name, which will be releasing new episodes in the next few months.

  8. arial2 says:

    Always love to see Stephen Fry on tv here. Wonderful actor! Now, I would love to see him revisit Bones one more time, and I’d love to see him meet Tempe’s “Mr. Buxley” (hilariously played by Robert Englund). Psychiatrist (now chef) Gordon Gordon would probably find him refreshingly honest! ;-)

  9. Leah says:

    Wow, Michael Vartan. Haven’t heard his name in a while.

  10. Jess says:

    Did you do the double reference on purpose? Stephen Fry wrote a (fantastic) book called “Making Time”

    • Tim Church says:

      Yes, they did. That’s one of his/their favorite things to do, along with spelling & grammatical mistakes [like the way they said the “friendship… COME (should be “COMES”) under fire..]

  11. Emayla says:

    Wow, first Yvonne and now Stephen Fry?? I’ll definitely have to watch this, even though I haven’t seen 24 before… :)

  12. jenferner8 says:

    Umm…Fox, you already tried that except it wasn’t “reality” based and you cancelled after first season. Remember, it was called Terra Nova?