TVLine Items: Revenge and Last Man Recasts, ABC Grabs Berlanti/Gamble Med Drama and More!

A pair of ABC series are recasting familiar faces for their sophomore runs.

First up is Revenge: Emily’s silent-but-scrupulous mentor Takeda will now be played by Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Hawaii Five-0, Heroes), since the character’s original portrayer, Hiroyuki Sanada (Lost), is busy with a packed overseas film schedule.

But fret not, Revenge producer Melissa Loy assures TV Guide Magazine, which first reported the news, Tagawa has been “fantastic” in the role.

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Elsewhere, the ABC comedy Last Man Standing has cast Greek‘s Jordan Masterson as Kristin’s baby daddy — a role that was originally portrayed by recording artist Nick Jonas. The character is being expanded in Season 2 (which bows Nov. 2), TV Guide Magazine reports, so a recast was necessary.

Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

• ABC has picked up a medical drama project from Greg Berlanti and former Supernatural co-showrunner Sera Gamble. Per Deadline, the untitled pilot follows a renowned neurosurgeon who suffers a traumatic brain injury. Gamble will also pen the project.

• The Big C‘s John Benjamin Hickey has booked a major recurring role on Fox’s The Mob Doctor. Per The Hollywood Reporter, he joins the freshman drama as the U.S. attorney father of Zach Gilford’s doctor character. Mob Doctor launches Monday, Sept. 17.

• AMC has renewed its hit reality show The Pitch for a second season. Additionally, the cabler has ordered two new unscripted series: Venice Beach Freakshow, which follows former music producer Todd Ray as he pursues his dreams on the famed California coastal town; and an untitled taxidermy competition series.

•  HBO has given the green light to Family Tree, an eight-episode documentary-style comedy from big-screen helmer Christopher Guest. The series centers on a down-on-his-luck man (played by Bridesmaids Chris O’Dowd) who begins exploring his heritage after receiving a strange box from a great aunt. Family Tree will air simultaneously on the U.K.’s BBC 2.

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• CBS has purchased a legal drama from writer Danny Strong (Game Change), director David O. Russell (The Fighter) and exec producer Robert De Niro, Deadline reports. The project is inspired by a real-life father/daughter lawyer team.

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