TVLine Items: Jared Harris 'Returns' to Mad Men, Parenthood Actor Lands HBO Pilot and More

Jared Harris Mad MenJared Harris is hanging around the Mad Men set again. (Too soon?)

The actor, whose character, Lane Pryce, committed suicide at the end of Season 5, is returning to the AMC drama to direct one of the show’s final episodes.

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According to sources, Harris will helm Season 7’s 11th outing, which is slated to air in Spring 2015.

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* Parenthood’s Ray Romano has joined the cast of HBO’s untitled 1970s, New York-set, rock ‘n’ roll drama pilot, from executive producers Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, George Mastras and Terence Winter, our sister site Deadline reports. Romano will play right-hand man to a record executive portrayed by Bobby Cannavale (Nurse Jackie).

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* Tyler Hilton (One Tree Hill) has joined the cast of CBS’ sci-fi summer series Extant, per The Hollywood Reporter. The actor will recur as the chief coder on the Humanichs Project at the center of the story, which revolves around a female astronaut (played by Halle Berry) trying to reconnect with her family when she returns after a year in outer space.

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* Queen Latifah will portray iconic blues singer Bessie Smith in HBO’s untitled project about the 1920s and ’30s recording artist, Deadline reports.

* Netflix has released a trailer for Season 2 of Ricky Gervais’ mockumentary-style series Derek, which premieres May 30.