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Rachel Nichols and Harry Hamlin just booked Rush jobs.

The actors will recur on USA Network’s upcoming medical drama, per The Hollywood Reporter.

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Premiering Thursday, July 17 at 9/8c, Rush features Tom Ellis (Miranda) as a renegade physician — named, yes, Dr. Rush — who privately caters to L.A.’s elite, and not at all on the cheap.

Hamlin (Mad Men) will play Rush’s estranged father, Warren, a retired doctor who has been a controlling, domineering and judgmental presence in his son’s life.

Nichols, who headlines Syfy’s Continuum, will portray Warren’s much younger trophy wife, Corrine. The supportive spouse thinks the life she has is what she wants, but she really yearns for something more.

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* After a stint fulfilling Blair Waldorf’s every need, former Gossip Girl maid Zuzanna Szadkowski will have a multi-episode guest spot on the new season of Girls, Vulture reports.

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* Gillian Alexy (Damages, The Americans), Patrick Breen (Kevin Hill), Jeremy Davidson (The Americans) and Natalie Hall (True Blood, Star Crossed) have been tapped for guest-starring roles on Season 6 of Royal Pains, our sister site Deadline reports. Alexy will recur as the mysterious Charlotte, whom Hank met while traveling in Europe. Breen, meanwhile, is an unconventional couples counselor who has a big impact on Paige and Evan. Davidson portrays a new HankMed patient/Hamptons resident who goes into business with Evan. Finally, Hall guests as a burlesque dancer who asks for Jeremiah’s help after experiencing pain during her act.

* The Tony Awards have added Orlando Bloom (the Pirates of the Caribbean films)  Barrett Foa (NCIS: Los Angeles), Jonathan Groff (Glee), rapper T.I., LL Cool J (NCIS: Los Angeles), Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers), Judith Light (Who’s the Boss?), former View host Rosie O’Donnell and Patrick Wilson (A Gifted Man) to the list of presenters. Additionally, American Idol alum Jennifer Hudson will perform a number from the upcoming musical Finding Neverland on this Sunday’s telecast.

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* Raini Rodriguez (Austin & Ally) and Adam Irigoyen (Shake It Up) will star in the Disney pilot Growing Up and Down, Deadline reports. The duo will play adult parents who suddenly and inexplicably are transformed into teenagers again.

* The Season 3 premiere of A&E’s Longmire on Monday night drew 3.9 million total viewers, with 876K landing in the 18-49 demo —  shy of its previous premiere (4.3 mil/1.1 mil), which led out of The Glades, but on par with its Season 2 average (3.7 mil/942K).

* Lara Logan has returned to work at CBS News, per The Hollywood Reporter. Although Logan, who was suspended last fall for an erroneous 60 Minutes report, likely will not appear on that program until the fall, she will report on the CBS Evening News and CBS This Morning in the coming weeks.

* Syfy will air the New Zealand dramedy The Almighty Johnsons, beginning Friday, July 11, at 10/9c. The series follows four brothers who have inherited the power of Norse gods and must balance their abilities with everyday struggles like searching for love, overcoming sibling rivalry and fulfilling their God-like destiny while still enjoying a few beers with their mates.