Too busy to stay on top of each and every TV news story during the week? TVSource has you covered with the bits and pieces you might have missed. Inside: Henry Ian Cusick departs ‘Scandal,’ Jerry O’Connell joins NBC’s ‘Munsters’ reboot, ‘Mockingbird Lane.’
The CW has set premiere dates for its summer shows. The L.A. Complex will kick off its seven-episode second season on Tuesday, July 17 at 9 pm. Oh Sit!, a new reality series described as a musical chairs competition, will launch on Wednesday, August 15 at 8 pm. America’s Next Top Model will return for its 19th cycle (this one is a college edition) on Friday, August 24 at 8 pm.
Scandal had a cast shakeup this week with the announcement that Henry Ian Cusick, who plays attorney Stephen Finch, will not be returning for the show’s second season. Recurring cast member, Joshua Malina, who plays US Attorney David Rosen, has been upped to series regular status.
Season 2 of Oxygen’s The Glee Project has added three Glee cast members as mentors for the contestants. Jane Lynch, Chris Colfer and Amber Riley will be joining returning mentor, Darren Criss. The competition winner will receive a seven-episode arc on Glee next season.
The Next: Fame at Your Doorstep, CW’s new music competition show, is adding to its mentors as well. Joe Jonas and Nelly will join previously announced mentors, Gloria Estefan and John Rich. The new show will premiere on Thursday, August 16 at 9 pm.
Warner Brothers and Fox announced which of their shows will be attending Comic Con 2012 this July in San Diego. The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, Nikita, Fringe, Person of Interest and The Big Bang Theory are all returning along with casts and producers from Warner Brothers’ upcoming new shows, Arrow, The Following, Revolution, 666 Park Avenue, Cult and Children’s Hospital. Fox is bringing its animation block, Bob’s Burgers, Futurama, The Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad and The Cleveland Show. Bones and Sons of Anarchy will also be represented. Glee and American Horror Story, both from creator Ryan Murphy, were notably absent from the list.
Body of Proof is also saying goodbye to three of its original cast members. John Carroll Lynch, who played Detective Bud Morris, Nicholas Bishop, who played Detective Peter Dunlop and Sonja Sohn, who played Homicide Investigator Sam Baker, will not be returning for the show’s third season, which was renewed for a 20 episode run by ABC.
Candice Accola, best known as Caroline Forbes on The Vampire Diaries, and Reid Ewing, best known as Haley’s boyfriend, Dylan on Modern Family, have signed on to Alloy’s web series, Dating Rules From My Future Self. Production begins in L.A. this week and the series will premiere its second season in August.
Jerry O’Connell was tapped to play Herman Munster in NBC’s Mockingbird Lane, a reboot of the 1960s show, The Munsters. O’Connell joins Eddie Izzard and Mason Cook on the show from creator Bryan Fuller. NBC has yet to announce when the show might debut.
NBC’s Hannibal has also found its leading man. Mads Mikkelsen, who played a Bond villain in Casino Royale, will step into the role of Dr. Hannibal Lector for the 13-episode series. It was previously announced that Hugh Dancy (The Big C) will also star in the show as criminal profiler, Will Graham.
T.J. Miller, known for his work on Comedy Central, will be stepping into The Goodwin Games to replace Jake Lacy as one of the lead characters on the Fox comedy. He will join Becky Newton and Scott Foley as siblings forced together to try and win their late father’s inheritance.