Fox's Glee will be a little less sweet next season now that Vanessa Lengies, who plays Sugar, has landed a regular role on the midseason ABC sitcom Mixology. "Getting to play Sugar Motta was one of the biggest opportunities of my life, and I met some of the most fantastic people, but I was being hired per episode," Lengies says about why she made the switch. "I loved getting to be there and dancing around, but I didn't really have much of an opportunity to act."
When magic came to Storybrooke at the conclusion of Once Upon a Time's freshman season, there were high hopes for wolf-shifting Ruby (a.k.a. Little Red Riding Hood) and the troubled character's portrayer, Meghan Ory. The Canadian actress was upgraded to series regular for Season 2 and Ruby's back story was the focus of a November episode. Who knew that would turn out to be the character's last significant onscreen appearance? Certainly not Ory, who ultimately got her happily ever after by bolting from Storybrooke to co-star opposite Josh Holloway and Marg Helgenberger in CBS's new sci-fi fall drama, Intelligence.
Do you have any intel on Homeland's next season? — Paul, Burlington, Vt.
The Season 3 premiere of Showtime's Emmy-winning hit will begin shooting in North Carolina at the end of May. Besides the expected new roles of a senator and National Security Advisor, the series is also casting actors to play psychiatrist Dr. Troy Richardson (for Carrie, we presume); a grandmother named Lois (perhaps Brody's or Jessica's mom will help with the kids?); a couple of girls in therapy plus a handsome young man named Leo (Dana's new pals?); and a fortysomething guy who ends up being someone's one-night stand. Oh, Carrie...
Franklin and Bash
I now have a new reason to tune in to Franklin & Bash. When TNT's legal dramedy returns June 19, Heather Locklear will bring her signature sass as the firm's new partner, trial lawyer Rachel King, who never misses an opportunity to bash both Peter Bash (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) and Jared Franklin (Breckin Meyer). "They are frat boys who need discipline," Locklear says. "She'd really like to get rid of them."
Jeopardy! 's Alex Trebek, who has been hosting the top-rated quiz show since 1984, has confirmed to me that he does not expect to continue with the show beyond 2016.
Will Arnett, Jason Bateman
"The Bluths are in real deep doo-doo." So says Jeffrey Tambor, George Bluth himself, summing up the fourth season of Arrested Development at the show's April 30 premiere screening at Hollywood's famed TCL Chinese Theatre. The show, which follows the ridiculous exploits of the dysfunctional family, was revived by Netflix after being canceled by Fox in 2006.
Mary McDonnell's Capt. Sharon Raydor is getting a husband in Season 2 of TNT's successful Closer spin-off, Major Crimes. Tom Berenger, who won a Golden Globe for his unforgettable performance in Platoon, has been signed to play Capt. Raydor's estranged...
Once Upon a Time
With Storybrooke on the verge of imploding, are Once Upon a Time fans about to see the last of the magical seaside village? Will the action move to Neverland, as foretold by the titles of this season's last two episodes, "Second Star to the Right" and "And Straight on 'Til Morning"? (These are the directions to Neverland that Peter Pan gives Wendy, John and Michael.) I visited the Vancouver set during the final days of Season 2 filming to squeeze some juicy info out of the cast and executive producers. The finale airs May 12 at 8/7c on ABC.
The biggest news from the Paley Center for Media panel "General Hospital: Celebrating 50 Years and Looking Forward," which I moderated on April 12: Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer) will be writing a...