TVLine Items: Nikita Villainess Visits Vegas, Bryan Cranston's Post-Bad Plans and More!

Vegas Season 1 Spoilers A Nikita fave is taking a quick trip to Vegas.

Melinda Clarke has landed a guest-starring spot in a spring episode of the CBS drama, playing the presumed-dead mother of Sarah Jones’ Mia Rizzo, TVGuide.com reports.

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Described as a “charismatic” and “shrewd” woman, Lena will catch the eye of Michael Chiklis’ Vincent.

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• Bryan Cranston has signed a first look deal with Sony Pictures TV, per Deadline. The pact — which keeps the actor in business with his Breaking Bad bosses — will find Cranston developing and producing new series for the studio, including potential star vehicles for himself.

•  As a dog rescue advocate (I’ve got two of my own!), this is the best news I’ve heard in a long time: Chicago Fire has added an adopted pup Chicago Fire - Season 1 (see photo at right) as a series regular. Pouch made her debut in last night’s installment of the NBC drama, and will be seen moving forward as the firehouse’s canine companion.

26 students from Newtown, Conn.’s Sandy Hook Elementary School will perform “American the Beautiful” during this Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVII pregame show on CBS.

• Comedy Central has renewed Nick Kroll’s freshman sketch series Kroll Show for a 10-episode second season.

• Funnyman Jon Favreau has been tapped to direct Jason Katims’ NBC comedy pilot About a Boy, per Deadline.

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• Erstwhile Major Dad Gerald McRaney will appear in multiple episodes of Southland Season 5, EW.com reports, playing a retired, heavy-drinking cop who once trained John Cooper.

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