Thursday, July 2, 2009

TV News: Galactica Reunion on 24, De Matteo Is Newest Housewife, Alien Nation Reboot

- The 24 casting news keeps coming. Actor Callum Keith Rennie ("Leoben" from Battlestar Galactica) will join fellow Galactica alum Katee Sackhoff on the upcoming season of the Fox action drama. [SCIFI Wire]

- Emmy Award-winner Drea de Matteo is taking up residence on Wisteria Lane during the sixth season of Desperate Housewives. De Matteo will play the "Italian matriach" of the new family on the block. [Associated Press via MSN]

- Hilary Duff has signed on for a multi-episode stint on The CW's Gossip Girl. Duff will play Vanessa's new roommate, a movie star who enrolls at NYU to get a taste of "normal" life.
[TV Guide]

- SCI FI Channel (which becomes SyFy on July 7) is looking to reinvent the Alien Nation franchise with the help of writer/producer Tim Minear (The X-Files, Angel, Dollhouse). A story about a group of extraterrestrial refugees struggling to integrate on Earth, in the '80s and '90s the original Alien Nation focused on a human police detective and his alien partner and partner's family.  The new series would be set roughly 10 years from now when the "aliens have multiplied to a population of about 3.5 million and would live in their own communities, analogous to the North African ghettos in France." [SCIFI Wire]

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