Wednesday, July 8, 2009

TV News: Dollhouse Premiere Moved, SCI FI Is Now Syfy, Small Screen Casting News

- Fox has pushed back the Dollhouse fall premiere by one week. The show's second season will now being on September 25. [Hollywood Reporter]

- Cable channel SCI FI has rebranded itself as Syfy, with the tagline "Imagine Greater." A major motivating factor for the new identity is that "sci fi" cannot be trademarked as a brand name. A spokesman at the relaunch event emphasized that the rebrand is intended to make the channel more accessible to a wider, non-sci-fi fan audience. [SCI FI Wire]

- Kal Penn (whose character on House was dramatically and abruptly killed off last season) began his new government career on Monday. Penn is now working for the Obama administration as an associate director with the White House Office of Public Engagement in DC. In this capacity, Penn (who will be using his given name of Kalpen Modi) will serve as a liason between the administration and the arts and the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. [UPI]

- In Desperate Housewives news, Andrea Bowen will be returning to the cast as a regular next season, reprising her role as Susan Mayer's (Teri Hatcher) daughter Julie. Maiara Walsh (Cory in the House) has also been added to the cast as a regular after her two-episode stint last season as Carlos Solis' (Ricardo Chavira) niece and a thorn in Gaby Solis' (Eva Longoria Parker) side. [Hollywood Reporter]

- Prison Break's Wentworth Miller will guest on Law & Order: SVU for one episode next season. Miller will play an NYPD police officer who crosses paths with the show's main characters. [TV Guide]

- Speaking of one-off guest roles, Rumer Willis will join the 90210 crowd for one ep as "a punky lesbian named Gia" who works at the West Beverly High newspaper with some of the main characters. [Los Angeles Times]

- Christian Slater is taking over the lead role in The Forgotten, a new crime drama set to premiere on ABC in late September. Brit actor Rupert Penry-Jones was originally set to play lead character and former lawman Alex Donovan. [TV Guide]

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