Earmuff your horses. Cloris Leachman is checking into the hospital at the heart of HawthoRNe, TNT's new medical drama premiering Tuesday, June 16, and starring Jada Pinkett Smith and Michael Vartan.
Apparently still enjoying some heat from her recent Dancing with the Stars run, Leachman will play Mrs. Lachman (heh), a cantankerous patient who terrorizes the nurses — Pinkett Smith's Chief Nurse Christina Hawthorne included — by, for example, throwing perfectly good Jell-O at them.
Speaking of Jell-O ... former Cosby kid ...
TV's former Catwoman voices Cool Cat (inset).
When Nickelodeon's Emmy-winning The Wonder Pets! series kicks off its third season on May 18, Eartha Kitt will be among the guest stars, voicing a Cool Cat who wants to scat. Kitt's voice work for the animated series marks one of her final performances before succumbing to colon cancer last Christmas Day.
Playing Hip Hippo to Kitt's Cool Cat in the season opener is ...
Consider him saved by the barber.
When TNT premieres the second season of its legal drama Raising the Bar in June, Mark-Paul Gosselaar's Jerry will make an appointment to get his unwieldy mane (revisit it here, if you must) managed.
Jerry's decision to brave the buzzer comes as he reaches another birthday, and is part of a bid to present a more professional appearance to his clients.
As would be the case in real life, the public defender's makeover does not go without mention. For example ...
Now playing in this week's Mitovich Mega Minute:
• In but the very first excerpt from my new in-depth interview with Shane Brennan, the NCIS executive producer teases a season finale with utterly unpredictable ramifications. Plus: Who's back to make big waves?
• Josh Hopkins previews a Private Practice season-ender that has to be seen to be believed.
• Which two Army Wives' lives are poised for serious upheaval? Get the Season 3 scoop!
Watch and discuss the new MMM after the jump.
Kelly Carlson, Melanie Griffith
If you've ever wondered who brought Nip/Tuck's wild Kimber into the world, you'll soon meet her — and she'll be played by Melanie Griffith.
The Working Girl actress will play Brandie, Kimber's beautiful and considerate mother, who visits her ex-pornstar daughter from Wisconsin, a show insider confirms exclusively to TVGuide.com. (Griffith couldn't be better cast in terms of looks — her resemblance to Kelly Carlson, who plays Kimber, is striking.)
Brandie will be joined by Les, her too-tan, on-again-off-again car-salesman boyfriend of six years. Les, played by Robin Thomas (Another World, Who's the Boss), ignites insta-hate from Christian ...
Tom Welling, Smallville
To help pass the time until Smallville returns on April 23 with the final four episodes of the season, executive producer Kelly Souders answered questions from the CW series' superfans here at TVGuide.com. Read on to see what Souders had to share about Clark's destiny, Lois' future, Chloe's crises, a surprising pairing and much more.
Make the jump to get the super scoop.
Adele, Ugly Betty
Soul singer Adele will show up in a May episode of Ugly Betty, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.
She'll play herself in "In the Stars," in which Betty, Marc and Matt oversee a photo shoot for a YETI assignment that turns into an impromptu wedding.
An ICE queen is going to give the NCIS team a big chill during May sweeps.
TVGuide.com has learned that Jaime Murray will guest-star on the CBS series' penultimate episode of the season, playing Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent Julia "Jules" Foster-Yates.
As Gibbs' gang engages in this cross-departmental exercise, Agent Foster-Yates will get under the skin of ...
What the fork does Lost have planned?
Since Season 1, the producers of ABC's Lost have assigned a "code name" to the season-ending twist that sends jaws plunging to the floor and heads a-scratching. It started with "The Bagel" (Walt is abducted by the Others!), and most recently we had the "Frozen Donkey Wheel" (a nod to the apparatus Ben uses to "move" the island, but in actuality referring to the reveal of Locke's death).
This season, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, via their ABC.com podcast, invited Lost fans to (blindly) suggest nicknames for the Season 5 game-changer. Find out the winning entry, after the jump!
Just as ER prepares to tee up its series finale, one of its alumni has booked a meaty new gig.
Mekhi Phifer, who for six seasons walked the halls of County General as Dr. Gregory Pratt, has booked a multiple-episode appointment on Fox's Lie to Me, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.
Phifer will appear on the freshman drama series as ...