TVLine Items: Grey's Alum Is New Starz Star, and Other TV News to Know

He’ll always be Denny Duquette to us, but Grey’s Anatomy‘s Jeffrey Dean Morgan is thisclose to landing a deal with Starz that will send the stud back in time…

Per Deadline, Morgan is in final negotiations to star in the network’s upcoming 1960s drama series, Magic City. If all goes as planned, the onetime-Supernatural patriarch will play a suave Miami hotel owner who opens up his new digs just as Fidel Castro takes over Cuba.

Love it? Here’s some more news to get you through the day:

• DirecTV has passed on The Kennedys as well, reports the L.A. Times, making that a big fat no from the satellite lifesaver, FX, Showtime, Starz and The History Channel.

• Fitness guru Jack LaLanne died Sunday afternoon in his California home. He was 96. The Jack LaLanne Show, LaLanne’s claim to fame which ran for nearly three decades, made the nutrition nut a beloved household name.

• As she waits for word on the long-term fate of NBC’s Harry’s Law, Brittany Snow will stop by CBS’ upcoming rom-com Mad Love to play Sarah Chalke’s younger sister, says TV Guide. Perfect casting, no?

• Nathan Lane is returning to Modern Family as Cam and Mitch’s flamboyant pal, per TV Guide Magazine. Only this time, Jay will get to interact with Lane’s Pepper Saltzman and hilarity will ensue.

EW.com reports that following his abrupt MSNBC departure, Keith Olbermann may soon team up with The Social Network scribe (and recent Golden Globe winner) Aaron Sorkin to help write an already-in-the-works cable news show pilot.

• As MTV’s Skins keeps baring its, um, skin, the network continues to lose advertisers. Per TMZ, tax group H&R Block has joined Taco Bell, General Motors and Wrigley in pulling its ads during the racy teen series.

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