More casting news for Wednesday night, including a Dancing with the Stars pro headed to sitcom-quality New York, and Neve Campbell scoring a new Lifetime pilot. But first, two ABC comedies get all evil (depends on who you're talking to, of course) and stuff.
Is Phil Dunphy getting feisty?
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Looks like it, with news that Emmy winner Ellen Barkin is headed to Modern Family
as a real estate broker who gets in Phil's nerves. In fact, she becomes his nemesis, according to TVLine
. This comes in the heels of Greg Kinnear joining the show as Phil's business partner. I know that's awesome, but my money's still on Barkin's character winning it all.
More arch-nemeses! Robin Givens is headed to Suburgatory:
the breakout star of 80s sitcom Head of the Class
will appear in an episode of the ABC freshman comedy, Entertainment Weekly reports
. Givens plays Tulsa, an old nemesis of Dallas (Cheryl Hines) from way back when. By nemesis, I mean someone who'd do Dallas wrong at every given chance -- think of stolen boyfriends and leg warmers. I assume she returns for more of the same, which is never good news for Dallas. Also, those names.
Elsewhere, expect to see more of Jake on The Secret Circle:
Chris Zylka has been promoted to series regular on the CW drama, according to Entertainment Weekly
. This should make choosing more difficult for Cassie (Britt Robertson), but a love triangle on the CW is always a good thing, right?
Karina Smirnoff is headed to Apartment 23:
(or recently-resingled, whatever) Dancing with the Stars
pro is headed to the ABC comedy Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23
. The dancer's Twitter feed
doesn't suggest much, although her talk of "a one-liner and a tango" suggests it's a cameo. But hey, not complaining: this season's winner deserves the spotlight. Now, where's J.R. Martinez when you need him?
And finally, a Lifetime pilot for Neve Campbell:
the network has given the go-signal to produce the two-hour movie (and backdoor pilot) Sworn to Secrecy
, based on the book by Linda Castillo and co-executive produced by Campbell and Unforgettable
star Poppy Montgomery. Deadline reports
that the pilot revolves around Kate Burkholder, a survivor of a series of murders in her Amish-dominated hometown -- where she returns as the chief of police. Cue long-repressed emotions when she begins investigating a new string of murders.
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