TVLine Items: Secret Circle Stud to Horror Story, Exclusive Liars Casting, Idol News and More!

Something witchy this way comes to American Horror Story.

 Secret Circle alum Chris Zylka took to Twitter late Thursday to announce that he is “pleased, honored, humbled, and thrilled” to be joining Season 2 of the FX spookster.

No word yet on who he’ll be playing, but as our friends at Zap2it point out, Horror Story has been looking to cast a bright young actor with an “offbeat, could-be scary” side to him — and Zylka certainly fits the bill.

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Joining Zylka for Season 2 — which is set in a 1960s East Coast asylum for the insaneare Chloe Sevigny (Big Love), Joseph Fiennes (FlashForward), James Cromwell (Six Feet Under), singer Adam Levine, Britne Oldford (Skins) and French actress Lizzie Brocheré, while Jessica Lange, Zachary Quinto, Lily Rabe, Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters will return to the FX hit in brand-new roles.

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• TVLine has learned exclusively that Pretty Little Liars mom Ella (Holly Marie Combs) is getting a love interest of her own. Playing her hot younger (!) guy is actor Steve Talley, who most recently guest-starred on MTV’s ill-fated I Just Want My Pants Back, Last Man Standing and NBC’s short-lived Love Bites. He’ll debut in the July 24 installment of the ABC Family drama.

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• American Idol also-ran Jessica Sanchez — who is thisclose to guesting on Glee next season — has officially landed a record deal. Per The Hollywood Reporter, the 16-year-old songstress has, as expected, signed with Idol mentor Jimmy Iovine’s Interscope Records, and is slated to drop her urban-tinged debut album in October.

• Chaz Bono will guest-star in an upcoming episode of Degrassi: The Next Generation, National Post reports, playing a judge in a Battle of the Bands contest who offers guidance to transgender teen Adam.

• NBC’s all-star ensemble of talent for its coverage of the summer Olympics includes Bob Costas (in his ninth turn as primetime coverage host), Al Michaels, Dan Patrick, Mary Carillo (running the late shift), Golf Channel’s Kelly Tilghman, Pat O’Brien (overseeing tennis coverage), Ryan Seacrest, John McEnroe and Bela Karolyi, while two-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White and funnyman Jimmy Fallon will serve as guest commentators.

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