ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars spin-off Ravenswood is making a major casting change ahead of filming its pilot next week.
Merritt Patterson (photo, left) will replace Elizabeth Whitson as one of the series’ leading ladies, Olivia, TVLine has confirmed. Patterson had previously been cast as Olivia’s best friend, but has since been bumped up due to “the direction the character is now headed.”
Whitson, as a result, will exit the project. The Hollywood Reporter first reported on the recast.
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• ABC’s new fall drama Lucky 7 has bumped up Alex Castillo to series regular, TVLine has learned exclusively. The series centers on seven employees at a Queens-area service station who win the lottery. The actress, who guest-stars in the pilot, plays the longtime wife of Luis Antonio Ramos’ lotto winner Antonio.
• Sometime Doctor Who guest star/Sherlock cocreator/screenwriter/novelist Mark Gatiss will appear on Season 4 of Game of Thrones, in a role yet to be revealed, EW.com reports.
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• Funnyman Tom Arnold has been tapped to guest-star in Psych‘s eighth (and final?) season, playing an Anchorage-area ghost whisperer who finds himself involved in a Santa Barbara murder.
• Toby Jones (The Girl) has joined Fox’s Wayward Pines. From The Sixth Sense director M. Night Shyamalan, the event series is described as a thriller centering on a Secret Service agent named Ethan Burke (played by Matt Dillon) who’s searching for two missing agents in the titular town. Jones will play Ethan’s psychiatrist.
• Fox has released a teaser video for the new Season of The X Factor, which opens the network’s fall TV slate on Wednesday, Sept. 11. And here it is!
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