TVLine Items: Downton Castings, Castle Scoop, Miss J. to Model Again, Bethenny Axed and More

Downton Abbey Richard E. GrantA trio of actors are taking up residence on Downton Abbey Season 5.

Richard E. Grant (Girls, Doctor Who) has joined the cast of the hit British series as Simon Bricker, a guest of the Granthams who visits the estate.

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Additionally, Anna Chancellor (Fleming, The Hour) will guest-star as Lady Anstruther, while Rade Sherbedgia (Red Widow, 24) plays a Russian refugee.

Dame Harriet Walter and Peter Egean will also reprise their roles as Lady Shackleton and Lord Flintshire, respectively.

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

•  America’s Next Top Model will welcome back J. Alexander aka “Miss J.” as a judge for Cycle 21’s “Guys and Girls” edition, premiering this summer. Also, renowned shutterbug Yu Tsai is coming on as a photo shoot creative consultant.

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Teen Wolf‘s Arden Cho will guest-star in Castle Episode 18 as Arden as Kiara, a hostess at an exotic club who puts herself in danger to help the NYPD with their case.

• Bethenny Frankel’s daytime talk show Bethenny has been canceled, reports Deadline.

• TBS’ Conan and guest Mel Brooks will honor the late comic actor Sid Caesar on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

• Former Disney Channel star Nick Jonas and The Glades alumna Kiele Sanchez have joined the cast of DirecTV’s upcoming family drama Navy St., which is set at an MMA gym, per Deadline.

• Seth MacFarlane’s Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey will premiere across 10 U.S. networks on Sunday, March 9 at 9/8c — including Fox, National Geographic Channel, FX, FXX, FXM, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Mundo and FOX Life. The program will also air internationally on National Geographic Channel in 180 countries and 120 Fox-branded channels in 125 countries, making it the largest global launch ever for a TV series.

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  1. iammusic says:

    I hope Miss J isn’t a one shot judge, and is in for the entire season. I miss Miss J, Jay, and Nigel so much!

  2. James D says:

    I hope Tom Cullen returns as well he was a very good replacement for Matthew i thought.

    • scooby says:

      Since we’re talking S5 casting hopefully this isn’t an inappropriate spoiler but James, ITV put out a release with some names of returning actors as well as some guest stars. Tom Cullen was listed among the returning stars as was Julian Ovenden. We’re trying to figure out if Brendan Patricks (Napier) is gonna be back. So happy that Richard E. Grant and Anna Chancellor are gonna be on. Loved The Scarlet Pimpernel (also featuring Elizabeth McGovern as his wife Marguerite) and Pride & Prejudice. Dame Harriet Walter’s back too. So excited for S5.

      • Isobel says:

        Agree I love Richard E Grant and Anna Chancellor, season 5 looks to be great. I think both of Mary’s love interests will in the next season as she hasn’t choosen yet

  3. Juju says:

    I’m confused! Is Miss J coming back a full-time judge or a guest judge? And what about Johnny Wujek, is he getting replaced by Yu Tsai?

  4. sandy says:

    Sad about Bethenny
    I read like her show

  5. Kerry says:

    I stopped watching America’s Next Top Model when the fired Jay and Nigel!! They were such an important part of the show and shouldhave been treated as such.