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.

Which of today’s TVLine Items has you talking?

Comments (13)

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

    Comment by ScrubsGuy – January 24, 2014 01:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Utopia is failing hard here in the Netherlands. They keep losing their participants and having to replace them. They lost almost half their viewers…

    Comment by EJ386 – January 24, 2014 01:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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?

    Comment by philip – January 24, 2014 02:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Now sign Hugh Laurie already, dammit!!!

    Comment by BetaMaxOne – January 24, 2014 03:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Utopia?? No way!!

    Comment by Boiler – January 24, 2014 03:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • stephen fry in 24? could i BE anymore excited, mom?

    Comment by stevie – January 24, 2014 03:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Scott – January 24, 2014 03:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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! ;-)

    Comment by arial2 – January 24, 2014 05:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wow, Michael Vartan. Haven’t heard his name in a while.

    Comment by Leah – January 24, 2014 10:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Did you do the double reference on purpose? Stephen Fry wrote a (fantastic) book called “Making Time”

    Comment by Jess – January 24, 2014 11:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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..]

      Comment by Tim Church – January 25, 2014 07:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wow, first Yvonne and now Stephen Fry?? I’ll definitely have to watch this, even though I haven’t seen 24 before… :)

    Comment by Emayla – January 26, 2014 04:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Umm…Fox, you already tried that except it wasn’t “reality” based and you cancelled after first season. Remember, it was called Terra Nova?

    Comment by jenferner8 – January 26, 2014 02:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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