Casting Roundup: Giancarlo Esposito Returns to 'OUAT,' 'Hawaii Five-O' Casts 'Lost' Alum, and More
Casting Roundup: Giancarlo Esposito Returns to 'OUAT,' 'Hawaii Five-O' Casts 'Lost' Alum, and More
Esther Gim
Esther Gim
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
Television shows are fleshing out their game plan for the fall, which means more characters are being added (or returning) and guest starts booked. Check out who's coming to Once Upon A Time, Hawaii Five-O, Michael J. Fox Show, Law & Order: SVU, The Vampire Diaries and Parenthood.

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Giancarlo Esposito Back on Once Upon A Time

It's not clear in what form he'll be back -- Sidney Glass, Magic Mirror or the Genie -- but Giancarlo Esposito will reprise one (or more?) of those roles in one of the first three episodes of season 3, according to TVLine.

When we last left the Storybrooke newspaper reporter Glass, he hadn't come through with framing Snow White for Kathryn's "murder," and was therefore imprisoned by Regina.

Esposito currently starts in NBC's Revolution, which is probably why he'll only appear in one episode.

Once Upon A Time will premiere sometime in the fall on ABC.


Henry Ian Cusick to Guest Star on Hawaii Five-O

Hawaii Five-O sure loves the cast members of Lost (returning to Hawaii, where both shows were/are filmed likely helps), as Henry Ian Cusick will appear on the season 4 premiere. According to TVLine, he'll play Ernesto, a member of the terrorist group called the National LIberation Movement.

Could this be a regular gig, much like how his Lost character wasn't originally supposed to be a regular character? It might not be likely because Cusick is signed on for The 100, which is set to air on The CW some time next TV season.

On Hawaii Five-O, Cusick will be reunited with Lost cast mate Daniel Dae Kim. The show also had Lost alums Jorge Garcia, Terry O'Quinn, Tania Raymonde and Reiko Aylesworth in guest-starring roles.

Hawaii Five-O returns for a new season 9 pm Fridays on CBS starting September 27.

The Michael J. Fox Show Casts Anne Heche for Recurring Role

Her NBC show Save Me might have tanked, but Anne Heche is just moving on to another comedy on the network -- the Michael J. Fox Show.

Entertainment Weekly says Heche's character, set for multiple episodes, is the new anchor at the station where Fox's character Mike is returning to work after taking off five years while fighting Parkinson's. Susan Rodriguez-Jones is "sharp, savvy and tough as nails" and worked with Mike when they were in Orlando. But now they're essentially rivals.

The Michael J. Fox Show will begin with a one-hour premiere at 9pm on September 26 before moving to its regular time at 9:30pm.


Law & Order: SVU Promotes Paul Esparza to Series Regular

Law & Order: SVU fans will be happy to see Assistant DA Rafael Barba on a more frequent basis now that Paul Esparza has been made a regular on the long-running NBC series.

Esparza was a frequent guest star last season and quickly gained a rapport with fans for his snark and fashion sense. Plus, that ADA role has been mostly been reserved for women on the show.

The 15th season of Law & Order: SVU will have a two-hour premiere at 9pm September 25 on NBC.


The Vampire Diaries Casts New Role for Season 5

A Russian model-turned-actress who had roles on Nikita and How I Met Your Mother will join The Vampire Diaries for the upcoming fifth season, according to TVLine.

Olga Fonda will play a recurring character as the Nadia, who has her own mysterious agenda and is an emotional chameleon, which she uses to her advantage. Nadia will make her first appearance on the October 10 premiere on The CW.

Ray Romano and Matt Lauria Returning to Parenthood

First Ray Romano made his return official now Matt Lauria did as well for NBC's season 5 dramedy. Romano will reprise his role of Hank, who we last saw about to move to Minnesota so he could be with his daughter. That was right after Sarah left Mark for Hank.

Lauria, meanwhile, plays Ryan, an Army veteran who started dating Amber early last season. While they then broke up, last we saw the couple, they appeared to be back on track dating again.

Parenthood is back September 26 at 10pm on NBC.

(Image courtesy of ABC) 

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