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Casting Roundup: 'Vampire Diaries', 'Revenge', 'Parenthood', 'Hart of Dixie', & 'Apartment 23'


The Secret Circle’s Phoebe Tonkin is set to join The Vampire Diaries this fall; Busy Phillips’s Dawson’s Creek Reunion on Don’t Trust The B– In Apartment 23; Revenge casts Greek alum Dilshad Vadsaria; American Idol Alum Paul ‘Ducky’ McDonald (husband of Twilight star Nikki Reed) joins Parenthood and more!

Phoebe TonkinAfter The Secret Circle was canceled last spring, Kevin Williamson said he’d like to bring Phoebe Tonkin over to The Vampire Diaries and it looks like that wish has come true. Tonkin has been cast as Hayley, a friend of Tyler’s for season four. First appearing in season 3, Hayley is described as sexy and tough, which undoubtedly means she’ll spar with Tyler’s girlfriend, Caroline. The casting was first reported by TV Guide. The Vampire Diariesreturns Thursday, October 8.

Meanwhile, the Hamptons is also getting a sexy and tough woman added on Revenge. Dilshad Vadsaria (Greek – OMG! Rebecca Logan, you guys!) has been cast in the recurring role of Padma, a financial expert. She’s described as gorgeous, intelligent, and pop-culture savvy and will work close with Nolan (Gabriel Mann) at his company. The casting news was first reported by TVLine. Revenge returns Sunday, September 30.

Also in recurring news, Paul McDonald (American Idol) has been cast on Parenthood. McDonald made it to the top eight on Fox’s singing competition series. That experience will come in handy since he’s playing a musician, who will make use of Crosby and Adam’s recording studio, The Luncheonette. He’ll also catch the eye of Amber, who will be working at The Luncheonette during season four. TVLine first reported McDonald’s acting debut. Parenthood returns Tuesday, September 11.

A potential love interest for George will arrive in BlueBell, Alabama this fall on the CW’s Hart of Dixie. Country singer and Broadway actress, Laura Bell Bundy has been cast as Shelby, and will appear in at least two episodes. Her character arrives amid relationship turmoil after George’s wedding to Lemon was canceled when her affair with the town’s mayor was revealed. HuffPost TV first reported the casting. Hart of Dixie returns Tuesday, October 2.

It’s a Dawson’s Creek reunion on the second season premiere of Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 as Busy Philipps cameos. She joined Dawson’s Creek during the shows final two seasons as Joey Potter’s roommate. In the premiere, James Van Der Beek attempts to reunite his gang from Capeside. The guest appearance was first reported by TV Guide. Apartment 23 returns Tuesday, October 23.

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