TVLine Items: Syfy's 12 Monkeys Trailer, Vamp Diaries Adds Wild Child and More

Nikita‘s Aaron Stanford wants to be erased from history in the first trailer for Syfy’s upcoming drama 12 Monkeys.

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The 12-episode series, based on the 1995 film of the same name, follows a time traveler (Stanford) who arrives from the post-apocalyptic future to prevent a deadly virus from destroying all human life. If he succeeds, he’ll also be a goner.

12 Monkeys — which is slated to debut in January 2015 — also features Amanda Schull (Suits), Noah Bean (Nikita), Kirk Acevedo (Fringe) and Zeljko Ivanek (True Blood, Revolution).

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* The Vampire Diaries is adding another mysterious newcomer. Emily C. Chang (Days of Our Lives) will recur as the sweet and sincere Ivy, who is the “the quintessential girl next door with an unexpected wild side,” per The Hollywood Reporter.

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* Netflix and Marvel’s Daredevil series has cast Peter Shinkoda (Falling Skies) in the recurring role of Hachiro, our sister site Deadline reports.

* FX’s Tyrant has tapped 24 alumna and The Strain star Leslie Hope to recur in the last three episodes of Season 1, per Deadline. She will play Lea Exley.

* Robert Forster (Last Man Standing) will guest-star on Fox’s midseason drama Backstrom, Deadline reports.The actor appears in two episodes as the Sheriff father of Rainn Wilson’s title character, who is an overweight, offensive, irascible detective engaged in a constant struggle with his self-destructive tendencies.