Shelton will appear in a holiday episode alongside BMW original cast members Betsey Randle, William Russ and Rider Strong as Cory’s parents and best friend Shawn, respectively.
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* Canadian broadcaster Space has renewed Bitten, starring Laura Vandervoort (Smallville), for Season 2, TVGuide Canada reports. No word yet on Syfy’s Stateside plans for the werewolf drama. The renewal does, however, seem to preclude Vandervoort from becoming Once Upon a Time‘s Elsa, as many readers had hoped.
* Mo’Nique (Precious) and Khandi Alexander (Scandal) have joined the HBO film Bessie, which is about iconic blues singer Bessie Smith (played by Queen Latifah, Chicago), our sister site Deadline reports. Mo’Nique will portray Ma Rainey, one of the first professional blues singers, while Alexander co-stars as Bessie’s older sister, Viola.
* The ubiquitous Željko Ivanek (Suits, Damages and a million other series) has been upped to series regular on CBS’ upcoming drama Madam Secretary, reports Deadline. The actor plays the president’s intimidating and opinionated chief of staff Russell Jackson.
* TBS has expanded Season 2 of its hidden camera competition series Deal With It, adding 10 episodes. The show, which currently airs Wednesdays at 10:30/9:30c, will return this fall.
* Season 4 of Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee will debut on Crackle and ComediansInCarsGettingCoffee.com on June 19. The new installments will feature guests Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation), Robert Klein (Law & Order: SVU), Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex and the City), Daily Show host Jon Stewart and comedian George Wallace.
* WE tv has ordered eight episodes of the original scripted drama South of Hell, which follows a female demon hunter whose “power stems from within.” Horror maestro Eli Roth (Hemlock Grove) will direct the first episode, which is set to bow in 2015.Follow @VladaGelman