TVLine Items: Rizzoli & Isles to 'Honor' Late Actor, Mentalist Vet Visits Chicago, Dome News & More

Lee Thompson Young Dead at Age 29Rizzoli & Isles will waste no time honoring the late Lee Thompson Young when Season 5 debuts, star Angie Harmon confirmed via Twitter.

As previously reported by TVLine, the TNT series will address the actor’s passing during the upcoming season, which premieres Tuesday, June 17.  Harmon noted that the first two episodes will remember Thompson with “love, honor [and] respect.”

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Thompson, 29, was found dead last August from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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* The Mentalist‘s Amanda Righetti is pulling double duty with guest spots on both Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. during an upcoming crossover in which she plays a pediatrician, E! Online reports.

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* Grammy-winning singer Dwight Yoakam will recur on Season 2 of CBS’ Under the Dome. Per EW.com, his character, Lyle Chumley, runs the Chester’s Mill barbershop and “has a complicated history with Big Jim — having once been romantically linked with his dead wife, Pauline. Lyle also has a mysterious connection to the dome and very well may know the answer to its origins.”

* The Walking Dead is coming to MyNetworkTV, which has acquired the off-network rights to the AMC series, our sister site Deadline reports. Two episodes from Seasons 1-3 will air one night a week, beginning this fall.

* Garret Dillahunt (Raising Hope) has joined the cast of Amazon’s drama pilot Hand of God, Deadline reports. The actor will star opposite Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy) as a young man looking for religion to cure his raging temper.

* MTV’s docu-series 16 and Pregnant will return on Tuesday, April 29 at 11/10c.

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* IFC has renewed Comedy Bang! Bang! for Season 4. Additionally, the network’s upfront slate includes the new series American Documentary, a docu-parody created by Fred Armisen (Portlandia), Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live) and late-night host Seth Meyers; and American Storage, a scripted half-hour comedy starring Rob Huebel (Childrens Hospital).

* TV Land has given a pilot order to the comedy Teachers, which is executive-produced by Alison Brie (Community), Deadline reports. The project, which is based on the online series of the same name, revolves around six elementary school teachers who are trying to mold the minds and lives of America’s youth but don’t have their own lives together at all.