EXCLUSIVE: 24 vet Mary Lynn Rajskub has landed a guest appearance on Fox’s freshman comedy Raising Hope. The actress/comedian will play the never-before-seen wife of Cousin Mike (Skyler Stone). The twist? Rajskub’s character has three other husbands. The episode is scheduled to air in February.
Fresh off his recurring stint on NBC’s Parenthood (where he played Lauren Graham’s boss and boyfriend), Billy Baldwin is headed back to Gossip Girl to reprise his role as William van der Woodsen, father to Serena (Blake Lively) and Eric (Connor Paolo) and the ex-husband of Lily (Kelly Rutherford). He’s slated to appear in at least two episodes of the CW soap.
Lastly, Persons Unknown lead Jason Wiles is set to guest star on ABC’s Castle this February. He’ll play an old friend of Castle‘s (Nathan Fillion) who becomes a prime suspect in a murder. Michael Ausiello is contributing to Deadline.com as he preps for the launch of TVLine.com, a new TV-centric website from MMC.
My Name Is Earl star Jason Lee is reuniting with the show’s creator Greg Garcia on an upcoming episode of Garcia’s new series, Fox’s freshman comedy Raising Hope. Lee will guest star as Smokey Daniels, a washed-up rock star who is hired as the lead act at “Grocery-Palooza,” a rock concert at the supermarket where Sabrina (Shannon Woodward) works. Smokey was once Burt’s (Garret Dillahunt) musical idol, and Burt hopes to relive his rock-star years by playing backup for him at the concert. Lee now stars on TNT’s Memphis Beat, which was renewed for a second season. Raising Hope was recently picked up for a full season.
The title of the show might be Raising Hope, but the panel for the upcoming Fox comedy turned to The Cloris Leachman Show as the veteran comedienne almost hijacked the proceedings. After complaining about the seating arrangement and switching seats around, she fielded questions by asking each person asking the question to stand up.
Some of her answers: On why she chose to do the pilot, about a guy (Lucas Neff) and his family who have to raise a baby, the result of the guy’s one-night stand with a girl that turns out to be a wanted felon. “It’s funny, brilliant, f**k. Great cast, a baby.”
On whether she is looking to compete with Betty White for “it” girl status. “I’m so sick of Betty White, never liked her. We have a movie together coming out called You, Again.”
On whether she wants to win more Emmys as she currently holds the record for most wins by an actress, 8. “You bet your life. If I don’t get an Emmy for this show, I’m leaving.”
Creator/executive producer Greg Garcia was asked about the fact that the show kicks off with the baby’s mother getting executed. “It’s dark but I thought it was an interesting way to give this family a baby, so I said: go for it,” prompting Leachman to chime in, dryly, “That’s sort of dark, isn’t it?” The show will share a lot of similarities with Garcia’s previous single-camera comedy My Name Is Earl in the way it’s shot and in terms … Read More »