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TV News Roundup: John Lithgow and Sherri Shepherd Join CBS Comedy, ‘Van Helsing’ Casts Lead

John Lithgow and Sherri Shepherd are joining NBC’s legal comedy pilot “The Trail,” Syfy has cast Kelly Overton as its titular “Van Helsing” and more in today’s news roundup…


Fortune Feimster and actor Jerry Lambert have been cast as guest stars in an upcoming episode of CBS comedy “Life in Pieces,” Variety has learned.

Feimster plays Dougie, a bossy, blunt, crass and sassy co-worker at the law firm where Jen (Zoe Lister-Jones) works. Lambert is set to play Chase, the boss in the office fantasies of Greg (Colin Hanks), who either promotes him for writing the perfect thing in his birthday card or punishes him for writing the wrong thing.

“Empire” and “CSI: Miami’s” Adam Rodriguez will star in ABC comedy pilot “Chunk & Bean,” Variety has learned. The single-cam family comedy, from Ed Herro and Brian Donovan, centers on the unlikely friendship of two misfits, Chunk and Bean, who benefit from having two very different sets of parents living next door to each other.

Variety has confirmed that Emmy Award winner John Lithgow has signed on star in NBC comedy pilot “The Trail” along with “The View” co-host Sherri Shepherd.

Lithgow will play Larry Henderson, a smart but clueless community-college poetry professor accused of murdering his wife. Though he finds the accusation of murder absurd, Henderson has more than a of couple secrets that could hurt his defense.

Shepherd plays Anne Flatch, the well-meaning and enthusiastic assistant/receptionist at a makeshift law office. She suffers from facial blindness, which makes her job on the defense team much more difficult. The news was first reported by THR.

Syfy’s latest acquired series, “Van Helsing,” has cast Kelly Overton, Vincent Gale and Tim Guinee.

Overton will play the titular Vanessa Helsing, a descendant of the Van Helsing line that must lead mankind against a world controlled by vampires. Vincent Gale plays Flesh, a vampire soldier who fights with Vanessa while concealing a tragic past. Guinee plays Ted, a Marine who leads a fire team in the fight against the vampires. The 13-episode first season of “Van Helsing” begins shooting Feb. 22.

Emmy nominee Lisa Bonet will guest star in a season-long arc during the fourth season of Showtime’s “Ray Donovan.” Bonet will play Marisol, a dangerously unstable woman with a damaging secret. Other guest stars appearing in the fourth season of the show include Embeth Davidtz, Ted Levine, Gabriel Mann, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Chris Copola and Billy Lush.


MyNetworkTV is adding the original “X-Files” TV series to its fall lineup.

Two episodes of previously aired seasons of “The X-Files” will air on a designated weeknight on MyNetworkTV in addition to weekend syndication on the Fox Television Stations.

“As anticipated, viewers have truly celebrated the return of ‘The X-Files,’ and we are thrilled that fans can enjoy the original chapter of the monumental series,” said Greg Meidel, president of Twentieth Television. “The program is a wonderful addition to MyNetworkTV and the Fox Television Stations schedule and, in advance of the upfronts, an opportunity for advertisers to reconnect with one of television’s most iconic shows.”

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