TVLine Items: True Blood Ups Robert Patrick to Regular, Eliza Dushku Joins The Saint and More!

TrueBlood_RPatrickSomething wolfy this way came to True Blood last season — and now he’s not going anywhere.

Robert Patrick has been promoted to series regular in the HBO drama’s upcoming sixth season, Deadline reports. The X-Files alum guest-starred in a handful of episodes this past summer as Alcide’s wayward werewolf father Jackson Herveaux.

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The actor’s True Blood status bump comes on the heels of the cancellation of ABC’s Last Resort, where he co-starred as the rogue submarine’s master chief.

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• Eliza Dushku has landed the female lead in The Saint, a backdoor pilot from mega-prodcuer Brad Krevoy’s production company MPCA, Deadline reports. A fresh take on Leslie Charteris’ book franchise, the project follows modern-day Robin Hood Simon Templar (played by HawthoRNe‘s Adam Rayner) and his on-again/off-again love Patricia Holm (Dushku). Erstwhile 007 Roger Moore, who starred in the 1962 rendition of The Saint, will co-produce.

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• FX has ordered a drama pilot from Homeland EPs Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff and Six Feet Under‘s Craig Wright. Titled Tyrant, the project is described as a “reverse Homeland” and centers on an unassuming American family pulled into the goings-on of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation.

• Former Today host Meredith Vieira is set to return to General Hospital on Friday, Dec. 14, TV Guide Magazine reports, reprising her role as (now) ex-madam Bree Flanders.

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