TVLine Items: ATWT Alum Joins Days, Sound of Music Live! Soars Higher, Girls Promo and More

Daniel Cosgrove Days of Our LivesDaytime TV vet Daniel Cosgrove will next be planting roots in Salem.

An alum of such serials as As the World Turns (where he played Chris), Guiding Light (as Bill) and All My Children, Cosgrove has joined NBC’s Days of Our Lives in the new role of Aiden, Soap Opera Digest reports.

The actor’s primetime TV gigs include 90210 and episodes of Dirty Sexy Money and The Good Wife.

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* As if NBC needed further validation to set in motion another live musical production for the 2014 holiday season, Sound of Music Live!‘s numbers have swelled to 21.84 million total viewers and a 5.62 demo rating, with Live+7 DVR playback factored in. Excluding sports, that marks NBC’s most-watched Thursday since the night of the Frasier finale (which drew 22.6 million on May 13, 2004). And when considering available data for SMOL‘s Dec. 14 encore, a total of 44.2 million viewers watched at least a portion of either telecast.

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* Legendary musician Billy Joel will appear on ABC’s succinctly titled Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014, giving a  live performance of one of his classic hits from Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn. Joel joins previously announced performers such as Blondie, Miley Cyrus (of course), Daughtry, Fall Out Boy, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Icona Pop, Enrique Iglesias, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Robin Thicke and The Fray.

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* HBO has released a new full trailer for Season 3 of Girls (premiering Jan. 12), and it features pancakes, milkshakes, pizza, bikinis, a shared bubble bath and someone acing a job interview.