Fall TV Preview

TVLine Items: HIMYM Recast News, Sheen's Grim Two and a Half Men Fate, and More

When How I Met Your Mother launches its seventh season this fall, someone in Marshall’s life will look very different. Almost like an entirely different person. Because, well, he will be!

In the Season 6 finale, Marshall’s potential new boss was played by funnyman Dave Foley. Alas, the NewsRadio alum’s CBS pilot, How to Be a Gentleman, scored a pick-up and Thursdays-at-8:30 time slot, making him unavailable to return to the Monday sitcom.

So, who’s the boss… now? Enter funnyman Martin Short. According to New York Magazine‘s Vulture blog, Short has been cast in a recurring role as the new head of Marshall’s new company — which essentially means Lily’s man got his dream job.

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Two and a Half Men fans may want to avert their eyes, or clap. (We don’t judge.) TMZ is reporting that producers are pondering killing off Charlie Sheen‘s character when the series premieres its ninth season — possibly by having the fictional womanizer drive his car off a cliff. In other Sheen news, TBS was lightning quick to refute RadarOnline’s claims that the cabler is in a bidding war to land a comedy series starring the embattled actor.

• In addition to the previously announced Miranda Lambert/Dia Frampton performance on Wednesday’s Voice finale, NBC has revealed that Fleetwood Mac legend Stevie Nicks will pair-up with Javier Colon; Train’s Pat Monahan will sing alongside Vicci Martinez; and OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder will duet with Beverly McClellan.

Bruce Davison (X Men) is set to guest star on the season finale of Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva, playing a “long-sitting and well-respected judge,” TVGuide.com reports. Season 3 resumes July 10.

Don Cheadle‘s Crescendo production company has signed a one-year first-look deal with Showtime, says Deadline. The actor stars opposite Kristen Bell in the cable giant’s upcoming dark comedy House of Lies.

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