TVLine Items: LUX Hunk Cops NCIS Role, Couric Returns to Today, and Other TV News to Know

That “nasty” NCIS serial killer story just got a little prettier, with the addition of Life Unexpected star Kerr Smith.

Smith is joining Gibbs and Co. on the CBS procedural for a two-episode, season-ending arc, TVGuide.com reports. The actor will play Lt. Jonas Cobb, a “confident former military man” with unique training that will help the gang identify the Port-to-Port killer.

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• Katie Couric is heading back to her Today stomping grounds, but just for a visit. The CBS anchor will appear on the NBC morning show Wednesday to promote her new book, The Best Advice I Ever Got — and maybe dish on rumors of a Evening News exit.

South Park‘s 15th season (!) premieres Wednesday, April 27 at 10/9c on Comedy Central.

Dot Marie Jones is taking a break from Glee‘s Beiste to guest star in Chelsea Handler’s new NBC pilot, Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea. Jones will play a lesbian inmate who befriends Handler (played by Laura Prepon) after she’s arrested for a D.U.I., says TVGuide.com.

• Speaking of Glee, Gwyneth Paltrow returns as Holly Holliday in the next new episode, airing Tuesday, April 19. EW.com confirms she’ll be performing Adele‘s superhit, “Turning Tables.”

• Covert Affairs will welcome back Oded Fehr (The Mummy) for a Season 2 guest spot, per TVGuide.com. Fehr returns in the season’s fourth episode as a cocky field agent who complicates a mission for Annie. Affairs returns to USA with new episodes on Tuesday, June 7 at 10/9c.

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