TVLine Items: CSI: Cyber Adds 'Fat Neil,' Top Model Moves and More

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.

Ready for more of today’s TV intel? Buckle up, ’cause it’s about to go down.

* 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.

* “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. 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.”

* Short-lived ’80s TV show Manimal is getting the big-screen action-comedy treatment, notes Deadline, with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay among the producers involved.

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  1. M3rc Nate says:

    Lol im prepping for CSI Cyber to become the most ridiculed hacking show of all time. Considering CSI Miami/NY etc already had holograms and crazy computers that dont exist…i cant imagine what hacking will look like and the “hacking language” used in CSI:Cyber. Lol and wait…what does CSI and Cyber crimes have to do with each other? Man and i thought regular CSI people were ridiculous carrying guns…now its CSI cyber techs that will be walking around with guns? These shows couldnt be more ridiculous.

  2. jane says:

    Are you going to recap Project Runway this season?? I’m having Idol recap withdraw and need a weekly dose of Slezak wit and charm! Heidi and Tim need you too!

  3. Marco says:

    Manimal will be a movie? Someone phone Brad Jones!!

  4. Et al says:

    Thanks to their lineup, one thing the letters TLC will never be mistaken for representing is ‘the learning channel’.

    But I’m glad they are focusing on their “heartwarming” programming about hoarders, polygamists, and inbred families.

    • Michael says:

      Ha! Good one! I guess if you didn’t know that hoarders, polygamists, and inbred families exist you’ve learned something.

  5. Jenna says:

    Alphas. *sigh*

    • Et al says:

      At least it has been replaced with quality programming such as ‘Nick Cannon Presents Whose Lyne Ys Yt Anyway’.

  6. Nick says:

    I <3 Fat Neil

  7. Tran says:

    How many Lost alums have been on Hawaii Five-O besides Daniel Dae Kim?

  8. SK says:

    Intelligence was cancelled in favor of CSI:Cyber, I believe. Although I enjoy CSI, CSI:NY and for a little bit, CSI:Miami, I will NOT be watching this one. I LOVED Intelligence and CBS chose to cancel it even though it’s ratings were getting better even with it’s competitions. I guess they’d much rather bank on a franchise name.

  9. Jan says:

    Michael … no recap for last night’s SYTYCD? I live for your recaps!!

  10. Neil says:

    Neil is just fine!

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