Game of Thrones has upped Nathalie Emmanuel, who plays former slave and the Mother of Dragons’ trusted advisor Missandei, to series regular for (the soon-to-be-ordered) Season 5, our sister site Deadline reports.
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* Kimberly Williams-Paisley has bounced back from being killed off Nashville with a multi-episode arc on Two and a Half Men, playing a new love interest for Alan (Jon Cryer) and sister to his friend Larry (D.B. Sweeney), per Deadline.
* The Big C‘s John Benjamin Hickey will star in WGN America’s original drama series Manhattan,. The actor will portray Frank Winter, a brilliant and self-destructive physics professor tapped to help lead the Manhattan Project, a mission that will jeopardize his family and his sanity.
* Will Sasso (Justified, How I Met Your Mother) will guest-star on NBC’s upcoming comedy About a Boy as a plumber who romances the high-strung Fiona (Minnie Driver), reports TVGuide.com. About a Boy premieres on Saturday, Feb. 22 after the Olympics before moving to its regular Tuesdays at 9/8c timeslot.
* After axing its current bandleader and orchestra, Dancing with the Stars has hired Ray Chew (Music Director of the 65th Annual Emmy Awards) as its new Music Director, beginning with the Season 18 premiere on March 17.
* Disney Channel’s Win, Lose or Draw — in which Disney Channel and Disney XD stars team up with kid contestants to compete in a battle of drawing skills, creativity and wits — will officially premiere Monday, March 3 at 5/4, airing Monday through Thursday.
* Season 2 of Disney Junior’s Sofia the First will premiere Friday, March 7 at 9:30 am EST — on Disney Channel. New guest voices on tap include Alyson Hannigan, Ginnifer Goodwin, Melissa Rauch, Anna Camp, John Michael Higgins, Isla Fisher, Sean Astin, Nick Offerman, Robert Morse, Christian Borle, Oliver Platt, Tracey Ullman and Phylicia Rashad.