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Casting Roundup: 'Revenge,' 'Pretty Little Liars,' 'Vampire Diaries,' '90210,' and 'Lying Game' Add New Faces, Returns

Jennifer Jason Leigh

Jennifer Jason Leigh joins Revenge; Lori Loughlin returns to 90210; Adam Lambert to guest star on Pretty Little Liars; Lying Game casts former 90210 hunk Ryan Rottman and more!

When it was revealed in Revenge’s that Emily Thorne’s mother was actually alive in the show’s first season finale, viewers were left wondering who could possibly portray her mother. Now we can rest easy because the incredible Jennifer Jason Leigh (Weeds, Margot at the Wedding, The Machinist) has been cast in the role. Given her resume, it’s safe to say that Leigh will have no problem going head-to-head with Emily Van Camp and Madeleine Stowe. Revenge returns in September.  

Rosewood welcomes former American Idol finalist, Adam Lambert, in the Halloween episode of the show’s third season. Lambert confirmed his appearance on his Twitter account by tweeting, “Yup – imma be a Pretty Little Liar!” earlier today. He will appear as himself, performing two songs and share a scene with a cast member. Last season’s Halloween episode acted a prequel, showing a glimpse into the girls’ lives when Alison was still alive.

90210‘s Ryan Rottman is joining The Lying Game in the heavily recurring role of Jordan – a handsome , athletic, confident teen from Beverly Hills with a secret agenda. He’ll first appear on the Season 2 premiere. Rottman played the boyfriend of Teddy (Trevor Donovan) in Season 4.

Meanwhile, Grace Phipps (Fright Night, The Nine Lives of Chloe King) will show up in the second episode of The Vampire Diaries this October. Her character, April, is described as “a natural beauty with an edge.” Sounds a little like Elena, doesn’t it? April has history with Elena and Jeremy, and returns to Mystic Falls after losing her father. Elena will try to keep the dangerous secrets of the town hidden from April. Phipps isn’t the only new face coming to TVD. She joins Todd Williams, who has been cast as a vampire hunter for season four. Vampire Diaries returns October 11th.

Welcome back Aunt Becky! Lori Loughlin is set to reprise her role as Annie and Dixon’s mother, Debbie Wilson, on 90210. Loughlin departed the teen soap at the end of season three when the show decided to focus solely on the teen stories. Debbie found love with Annie and Dixon’s former teacher Ryan Matthews and later moved to Paris to be closer to him and his child. Loughlin’s return centers on the condition of Dixon, who was in a serious car accident during the last season’s finale. It’s unknown at this time if Dixon survives, so expect the drama to be heavy.

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