TVLine Items: Mad Woman Joins Period Comedy, CSI Vet to Stalker and More

Christina Hendricks Another Period

Mad Men‘s Christina Hendricks is traveling even further back in time for her next TV project.

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The five-time Emmy nominee has joined the cast of Comedy Central’s Another Period, our sister site Deadline reports, playing a mysterious servant named Chair. A spoof set at the turn of the century, Period tells the story of the Bellacourts, an insanely wealthy family from Newport, R.I.

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* Alex Carter will guest-star on an upcoming episode of CBS’ Stalker, TVLine has learned exclusively. The CSI vet will play Kenneth Black, a real estate mogul who loses everything as a result of his bad choices.

* Syfy’s Ascension is on the move. Previously slated to bow in November, the outer-space thriller — starring Brian Van Holt (Cougar Town) and Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica) — will now premiere Monday, Dec. 15, at 9/8c, with new episodes airing the following Tuesday and Wednesday nights at 9 pm.

* Jamie Bamber (Battlestar Galactica) and Riley Smith (True Blood) will play a pair of brothers on The CW’s midseason drama The Messengers, according to EW. Bamber’s Vincent Plowman is the “aggressive” co-chairman of Plowman Family Farms, while Smith’s Mark is more of the “quiet,” resentful type.

* TBS has temporarily made American Dad‘s 11th season premiere available to watch online, in advance of its Oct. 20 airing: