TVLine Items: Sons Alum Checks Into Night Shift, Sing-Off Swap and More

Merle Dandridge

NBC’s The Night Shift is giving Jill Flint a BFF in Season 2.

TVLine has learned exclusively that Merle Dandridge (Sons of Anarchy, Star-Crossed) is joining the Peacock’s summertime medical drama in the recurring role of Gwen, a lead paramedic working at San Antonio Memorial Hospital and the best friend of Flint’s Dr. Jordan Alexander.

Dandridge, who is set to appear in a minimum of six episodes, joins fellow Season 2 newbie Adam Rodriguez (CSI:Miami), who will recur as a trauma surgeon.

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

* Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump will replace Ben Folds as a judge on The Sing-Off‘s two-hour holiday special, airing Wednesday, Dec. 17.

* Cheers vet Ted Danson will lend his voice to American Dad as Stan’s shrink, reports.

* ABC is developing a modern take on Little Women, starring and executive-produced by Natascha McElhone (Californication), per The Hollywood Reporter. The potential limited series follows the lives of four sisters whose family loses its fortune and position during a military scandal.

* WGN America has ordered its first unscripted series, Wrestling With Death (premiering Jan. 13) and Outlaw Country (Feb. 24). The former centers on a family that runs a funeral home by day and a wrestling league by night, while the latter chronicles the battle between law enforcement and crime in Buckner, Mo.

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  1. Ann says:

    Why isn’t Ben Folds judging the Sing-Off this season? Is it because he doesn’t like how the new producers of the Sing-Off rig the show to make sure that their favorite wins by not allowing viewers choose the winner, like they did with last year’s “winner” Home Free?

  2. Amanda says:

    No Ben Folds?? I loved this show, but with the changes last year and no Ben Folds this year, my feelings may change. And 2 hours is not enough, I’d like to see it run an hour for a few weeks at least.

  3. Tran says:

    Really bummed Ben Folds isn’t returning to The Sing-Off but I wonder how Patrick Stump the lead singer of Fall Out Boy is going to fare as the newest judge alongside Shawn Stockman (Boyz 2 Men) and Jewel.

  4. Shaun says:

    A modern Little Women?That might be decent.

  5. Maryann says:

    Fantastic news that Adam Rodriguez is joining The Night Shift!