TVLine Items: Law & Order Vet Joins NBC Pilot, Kelli Williams Gets Army Promotion and More!

Alana De La Garza has landed a lead role in NBC’s medical drama pilot Do No Harm.

The Law & Order/CSI: Miami alumna will play a confident neurosurgeon who has loads of chemistry with the series’ yet-to-be-cast top doc, Deadline reports. The Borgias’ Ruta Gedmintas is also set to co-star in the project, which was written by The Event co-exec producer David Schulner.

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Kelli Williams has been promoted to series regular on Army Wives, Deadline reports. As we first reported last October, the Practice/Lie to Me alumna nabbed what was initially the recurring role of General Kevin Clarke’s wife. Season 6 of the Lifetime drama premieres March 4.

• Encore will pay tribute to the late Whitney Houston this Friday, Feb. 17 by airing her films Waiting to Exhale and The Preacher’s Wife beginning at 8/7c. (Click here for a full list of upcoming Houston TV specials.)

• Comedy Central has ordered a 10-episode second season of its sketch comedy series Key & Peele just two weeks into its freshman run.

• Daily Show vet John Hodgman is set to guest-star in an upcoming episode of NBC’s currently benched Community, per The Hollywood Reporter.

Despite facing the well-watched Grammy Awards on Sunday, Showtime’s Shameless (amassing 2.07 million total viewers) and House of Lies (1.44 mil for the night) both bested their season openers, while Californication scored its best time slot numbers (834K) ever.

• This Thursday night, Kevin McKidd (@TheRealKMcKidd) and Caterina Scorsone (@CaterinaTweets) will be live-tweeting their respective hours of the Grey’s Anatomy/Private Practice crossover event, during the West Coast feeds.

• Shawn Ashmore (X-Men, Smallville) and Valorie Curry (Veronica Mars) have been tapped to co-star in Kevin Williamson’s untitled serial killer drama for Fox, per Deadline. Ashmore will play an FBI agent assisting Kevin Bacon’s character in the hunt for an elusive serial killer (James Purefoy), while Curry will play the nanny of Purefoy’s son.

• Outsourced‘s Parvesh Cheena has joined the cast of Friend Me, CBS’ Groupon-themed comedy, playing a new pal of the series’ two leads.

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