TVLine Items: Exclusive Californication Scoop, Drop Dead Diva Gets a Bit Shameless and More

Patrick Fischler is set to return to Californication next season — and with him comes an intoxicating twist, TVLine has learned exclusively.

The Lost alum will reprise his role as Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor Gabriel, but here’s the kicker: Fischler’s character won’t be counseling Jason Beghe’s Richard this time around. Rather, we’re hearing he’ll sponsor a “major character” in Season 6. (Hit the comments with your guesses!)

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• Tyler Jacob Moore — who this season recurred on both Showtime’s Shameless and ABC’s ill-fated GCB — will guest-star in an upcoming episode of Drop Dead Diva, TVLine has learned exclusively. The actor will appear in the Lifetime dramedy’s Aug. 12 outing as a Princeton-educated man who is arrested for donating sperm to his friend — a good deed that violates a 2005 federal law that made it illegal for gay men to donate.

In other DDD news, Kim Kardashian’s con-artist character will return for Season 4’s penultimate installment, per The Hollywood Reporter. Nancy Grace will play herself in the same hour, while Cameron Mathison (All My Children) and Ashley Jones (The Bold and the Beautiful) will also guest-star.

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Tim Roth (Lie to Me) has signed on to headline Knifeman, a straight-to-series drama project being developed by Media Rights Capital entertainment group (the same people who for a brief spell some years ago brought you The CW’s Sunday line-up). Per Deadline, David Cronenberg (A History of Violence) will direct the pilot and executive-produce the show, which centers on a self-taught (!) surgeon who goes to great lengths to unveil the secrets of the human body.

• MTV has given a pilot order to Little Esther, a docu-comedy centering on 24-year-old comedienne Esther Povitsky. Per Deadline, the project will provide a glimpse into the youthful side of L.A.’s comedy scene.

• A&E has renewed Duck Dynasty for a 26-episode second season, to bow in late 2012.

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