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TVLine Items: Flash Casts Female Top, Bang! Bang! Going Bye-Bye and More

The Flash Ashley Rickards

The Flash‘s latest villain is a real head-turner.

Ashley Rickards (Awkward) will guest-star in Season 3 of the CW series as The Top aka one of the most dangerous members of the Rogues gallery, E! Online reports.

Rickards’ Rosalind “Rosa” Dillon — who in comics lore was known as the male character, Roscoe Dillon — has the power to make people’s heads spin (just like The Flash’s time-travel twists!). She will debut in Episode 4 as “the Bonnie to Mirror Master’s Clyde” (played by AquariusGrey Damon).

The Flash opens Season 3 on Tuesday, Oct. 4, kicking off the return of The CW’s superhero slate (which now also features Supergirl).

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Hairspray Live! has cast Tony Award winner Andrea Martin (Broadway’s Pippin, SCTV) as Prudy Pingleton, the overprotective and often close-minded mother of Ariana Grande’s Penny. The musical airs Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 8/7c on NBC.

* The 22nd annualTJ Miller Critics Choice Critics’ Choice Awards, which honor both television and film entertainment, this year will kick off awards season, airing Sunday, Dec. 11 at 8.7c, on A&E. Silicon Valley‘s T.J. Miller will return as host.

* Shameless has tapped June Squibb (Modern Family, Getting On) to recur in Season 7 (premiering Oct. 2) as Etta, a salty and peppery 80-year-old Southside Chicago woman who has owned the neighborhood laundromat forever, TVLine has learned.

* Comedy Bang! Bang! creator Scott Aukerman announced via Twitter that the IFC comedy series will end after Season 5. The final 10 episodes premiere in October.

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