Casting Bits: 'Celebrity Wife Swap' Pairs Revealed, Chris Meloni Headed to 'True Blood'?
Casting Bits: 'Celebrity Wife Swap' Pairs Revealed, Chris Meloni Headed to 'True Blood'?
Now, a bunch of casting news for your favorite shows -- from a familiar figure circling Bon Temps to a new dad for the CW's Hart of Dixie. But first, something for you reality lovers out there...

Say hello to your Celebrity Wife Swap pairs: ABC has revealed the five celebrity pairs who will swap wives on the new(-ish) reality show premiering January 2. And those pairs:

  • Celebrity Apprentice contestant Gary Busey and evangelical pastor Ted Haggard
  • Growing Pains star Tracey Gold and Wilson Phillips singer Carnie Wilson
  • rapper Flavor Flav and Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider
  • WWE wrestler Mick Foley and actor Antonio Sabato Jr.
  • comedienne Niecy Nash and Family Ties star Tina Yothers
The show (in case you're not familiar) sees two families swap wives for two weeks. In the first week, the wife must live by the rules of the host family; in the second week, the wife gets to take control. I hope the disclaimer "no marriages were ruined in this exercise" works here.

Michelle Forbes is headed back to The Killing: she will return as a series regular in the second season of AMC's acclaimed drama. Her role as Mitch Larsen earned her an Emmy nomination, and is easily one of the best things about the show: lovely that she'll be around to learn (with us) who actually killed her daughter Rosie.

TVLine also reveals two new characters that will be introduced when The Killing's second season premieres next year:  experienced cop Lt. Carlson, and "scary looking" foster teen Alexi. As for the actual murder? Executive producer Veena Sud promises that they will solve Rosie Larsen's murder in the second season, and also introduce a second case. To quote another crime show's daughter, "you better".

Is Chris Meloni headed to True Blood? TVLine reports that the Law & Order: SVU vet is in talks to take over a major role in the fifth season of HBO's vampire drama. No word yet on what role he'll take over, but sources say he'll be playing a very powerful and influential vampire. Preferably not named Stabler, because that'd be odd.

A Ghostbuster finds his way to Bluebell: Ghostbusters star Ernie Hudson is headed to the CW's Hart of Dixie as the dad of Cress Williams' character, Lavon Hayes, according to TVLine. Hudson, who recently appeared in The Secret Life of the American Teenager and Desperate Housewives, is slated to appear next year.

More casting news? We've got details on a Battlestar Galactica veteran joining MTV's Teen Wolf, and some Menudo on Glee. Ole!

(Image courtesy of ABC)

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