TVLine Items: Ravenswood Recast, Sherlock Vet to Thrones, Psych Casting News and More

PLL Spinoff Ravenswood RecastABC 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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Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

• 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, reports.

• 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.

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• 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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  1. Andy says:

    Tom Arnold funny? Ehhh. But it’s Psych, so of course I’ll be watching his episode.

  2. Funnyman Tom Arnold? When has Tom Arnold ever been funny?

  3. Rob says:

    UGH, seriously, Tom Arnold? WHY?! I actually dislike that man enough to ALMOST consider skipping that episode.

  4. Aleksalynn says:

    To be fair, can’t virtually every British actor be called a Doctor Who collaborator? You’d be hard pressed to find an actor who hasn’t been in it at one point or another.

    • wordsmith says:

      You make a good point, though there are far fewer who have both guest starred and written episodes of the show as well. I’d be pleased to be proven wrong, but I’m pretty sure that’s a list of just one.

  5. Tim says:

    Mace Tyrell hopefully.

  6. Sam says:

    The X-Factor: Sponsored by outdated gender roles.

  7. Melinda says:

    It’ll be awesome seeing Mycroft Holmes in Game of Thrones!

  8. Zach says:

    Tom Arnold can be funny. I really liked his appearance on Franklin & Bash.

  9. Cherry says:

    So is Elisabeth Whitson playing Merrits old role? Elisabeth is beautiful and definitely looks like she’d fit the bio of ‘Olivia’ this is bad news :(

  10. Cherry says:

    Also, they may aswell recast Brett Dier’s role, since Brett Dier plays Olivia’s twin brother … yet Elizabeth Whitson looks more like him than Merritt.

  11. My advice for Fox and X Factor: canceled it after three seasons. :-(

  12. A says:

    Hated Tom Arnold in Sons of Anarchy. I hope the episode is still funny with him in it.

  13. Lisa says:

    To be fair Mark Gatiss writes for DR Who too and is the co creator of Sherlock with Stephen Moffatt who runs DR Who. He has also written a drama due to be shown on bbc4 about how dr who came about. So dr who collaborator is fair he has a lot of input!

  14. Delirious says:

    Am I the only one who thinks “Haven” when reading what Wayward Pines is about, and that’s from Shyamalan?

  15. Lucy says:

    I have to say, PLL this week peaked my interest for Ravenswood. And here I was hoping to detach myself from teen thriller-dramas after PLL… oh well.