Casting Bits: Steve Carell and Christopher Meloni Return to TV, Will Sasso Returns to 'HIMYM'
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On tonight's casting roundup: someone is getting animated, someone becomes a vampire, someone returns for a rematch and someone will try to solve a murder mystery. Read on to find out more.

Steve Carell makes his TV comeback: Unfortunately for Office fans, he's not reprising his role as Michael Scott. The award-winning comedy actor will be lending his voice on The Simpsons. According to Entertainment Weekly, Carell, who is also credited for animated films like Over the Hedge, Horton Hears a Who! and Despicable Me, will be playing Fat Tony's uptight accountant named Dan Gillick. "He's nervous, and then Fat Tony says that he's got to kill some people and then he's really nervous because he actually wants to do it. The line between Ivy League MBA and ruthless murderer is a very thin one,"says executive producer Al Jean of Carell's character, who's tasked to head the mob while Fat Tony serves jury duty. Carell's episode is expected to air next fall on FOX.

Will Sasso reprises his role as Doug the bartender on How I Met Your Mother: Fans last saw Doug in the episode "The Fight" in which he vowed to destroy Ted and Barney for their betrayal. Consequently, Ted was knocked out by Doug, who was then knocked out by Marshall. "We always meant to get him back for something good," exec producer Carter Bays tells TVLine. Will Sasso's return on the CBS comedy series is part of a New Year's-themed episode slated to air on January 2.

The Killing adds Mark Moses for season 2: According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Desperate Housewives actor has been cast to be part of a major story arc next season. Moses, who is expected to appear in at least eight installments, will portray Lt. Carlson, the latest addition to the Seattle police department who will attempt to find Rosie Larsen's killer. 

Lauren Alaina to grace the American Country New Year's Eve special: TV Line reports that the American Idol season 10 runner-up will perform at the live event, along with country music artist Rodney Atkins. Following Alaina's first music gig in 2012, she'll be joining  Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan on her tour called "My Kinda Party."

Christopher Meloni officially joins True Blood season 5: TV Line has confirmed our previous casting news that made quite a buzz early this month. According to True Blood executive producer Alan Ball, Meloni will play "an ancient, powerful vampire who holds the fate of Bill [Stephen Moyer] and Eric [Alexander Skarsgard] in his hands." This marks Meloni's first TV gig following his 12-season stint as Detective Elliot Stabler on Law & Order: SVU

Want more casting news? Titus Welliver and Daryl Sabara will be featured in upcoming Grimm episodes while Jennifer Beals heads to Castle as a CIA operative.

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