CSI: Cyber is coming to your community. Wait, actually, it’s pretty much the other way around.
Charley Koontz, best known for playing Community‘s “Fat Neil,” is joining CBS’ upcoming spinoff CSI: Cyber as a series regular, Deadline reports.
Koontz will play Agent Daniel Grummitz, a member the FBI’s task force looking into online-based crimes that’s headed by Patricia Arquette’s Special Agent Avery Ryan. Deadline describes the Grummitz character as a witty, workaholic “tech genius” who rarely goes home and cracks cases even in his downtime.
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* Here’s some news to “smize” about. The CW is moving up the premiere date for Cycle 21 of America’s Next Top Model from the previously announced Friday, Aug. 22 to Monday, Aug. 18 at 9/8c. The Tyra Banks-led reality competition — which will, for the second time, feature both male and female contestants — will occupy the Monday timeslot for six weeks (with Friday encores) before shifting to Fridays at 9/8c on October 3.
Top Model‘s move to Monday spells doom for the network’s low-rated comedies Seed and Backpackers, both of which were yanked from the CW schedule. If you’re unfamiliar with those two series, you’re not alone: Seed pulled in an anemic 490,000 and a 0.2 demo rating last Monday, while Backpackers drew 419K/0.2.
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* “Dee Wallace phone home”? Kinda! The actress will reunite with her ET director Steven Spielberg when she plays a grandmother in an upcoming episode of ABC’s midseason drama The Whispers, according to the New York Post. (Spielberg is an executive producer of the alien-invasion tale.)
* Alphas fans who still haven’t made peace with the cancelled show’s unresolved cliffhanger might want to stop reading here. SyFy is getting into bed with Nick Cannon’s NCredible Entertainment for “a weekly one-hour sci-fi fantasy improv series” where squads of comedians will do battle in bringing to life “various sci-fi/fantasy-related sketches,” per Deadline.
* Hawaii Five-0 is getting more Lost than ever. EW.com reports that William Mapother (Lost‘s Ethan) will become the ninth alum from ABC’s twisty island drama to appear on CBS’ procedural in paradise. He’ll play “a likable, wealthy business owner who gets entangled in a painful and tense situation.”
* TLC is kicking off a rebranding campaign — along with its first tagline in five years, “Everybody needs a little TLC” — according to The Hollywood Reporter. The move is said to be an attempt to focus on the network’s “heartwarming” programming — and presumably to avoid confusion with the legendary R&B trio responsible for “No Scrubs” and “Unpretty.”