Buddy Bites: Alex Trebek's Heart Attack, 'The Good Wife' Casting and Shirley MacLaine on 'Downton Abbey'
Buddy Bites: Alex Trebek's Heart Attack, 'The Good Wife' Casting and Shirley MacLaine on 'Downton Abbey'
Laurel Brown
Laurel Brown
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
TV news waits for no one! Check out these news items on Alex Trebek's health, new cast members on The Good Wife and a clip of Shirley MacLaine in Downton Abbey season 3.

Is Alex Trebek's Health in Jeopardy?

Sorry, that joke was unavoidable.

On Saturday, June 23, Alex Trebek -- host of Jeopardy for the past few decades -- was admitted to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center yesterday seeking treatment for a mild heart attack. Few details about the medical situation were made available, but all sources indicate that Trebek will recover fully.

A statement from Jeopardy's production company, Sony Pictures TV, reinforced this: "Trebek is in good spirits and is undergoing further testing. He is expected to fully recover and be back on Jeopardy! when production begins taping in July for the new season, the show's 29th."

You've got to be impressed by Alex Trebek. Even with advancing age (the host is 71), years on the program and a serious medical condition, he's still going to be asking for responses in the form of a question.

The Good Wife Casts Maura Tierney and Kalinda's Husband

The Good Wife doesn't hold back when it comes to quality casting. Two new roles for the upcoming season 4 have been cast: Maura Tierney and Marc Warren will soon be on the show. Both will make their first appearance in the Good Wife season 4 premiere.

Maura Tierney will play the role of Maddie, a recurring character who will be involved with Peter Florrick's efforts to become governor. Tierney's character is described as a "self-made millionaire who has become the doyenne of Chicago Democratic politics." Maura Tierney has had major roles on several TV shows, including NewsRadio, ER (in which she co-starred with Julianna Margulies for one season), The Whole Truth and Rescue Me.

As for the role of Kalinda's estranged and creepy husband, TVLine reports that British actor Marc Warren has been cast. Warren will play the role of Nick, a man so dangerous that badass Kalinda had to prepare -- possibly violently -- for his return. Marc Warren is known for roles in Band of Brothers and the British drama series, Hustle.

Get a Sneak Peek of Shirley MacLaine on Downton Abbey

The Dowager Countess may finally meet her match in Downton Abbey season 3. How could she not when her adversary is played by Oscar winner Shirley MacLaine?

MacLaine will appear on the British historical drama as Lady Cora's difficult and spirited American mother. There is no way that such a woman could avoid major confrontation with Maggie Smith's Dowager Countess.

TV Land debuted the first clip of MacLaine's performance during the American Film Institute's 40th Life Achievement Award ceremony. Check it out below.

Alas, we probably won't be seeing much more of Shirley MacLaine or Downton Abbey this year -- PBS plans to air the new season in early 2013.

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