The end is near for 30 Rock: Kevin Brown, who stars as Tracy's bodyguard Dotcom, tweeted a photo of the cast's final table read. Prepare to feel very nostalgic. [Kevin Brown/Twitter]
Another Firefly reunion is in the works: Nathan Fillion will reunite with his Browncoat BFF Gina Torres on an upcoming episode of Fillion's ABC hit, Castle. Captain Mal and first mate Zoe team up onscreen once more when Torres plays a devious fashion mogul who stars on a Real Housewives-style reality show. Torres' episode will likely air during February sweeps, and will even likelier contain some shiny Firefly references for fans of the late sci-fi show. [TVLine]
Blaine gets a new Glee rival: While legions of Klaine fans are still hoping for a reconciliation between their two favorite former Dalton Warblers, a new love interest is in the mix for Kurt after his high school boyfriend cheated. Oliver Kieran-Jones (Episodes) has signed on as the NYADA glee club leader and Kurt's potential paramour. He'' recur for an unknown number of episodes in the new year. [Deadline]
Meet Mindy's new BFF: After major casting changes on FOX's freshman sitcom The Mindy Project, the titular character has found her new best friend. Mary Grill will recur in a meaty new role as Mindy's tomboyish college pal, Maggie. The two reconnect when Maggie moves into Mindy's apartment building. Grill can be seen on Boardwalk Empire and upcoming episodes of Whitney and Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23. [Deadline]
G4 is getting a makeover: NBCUniversal-owned cable network G4 is getting a serious image overhaul -- it'll soon be known as the Esquire channel, catering to an upscale male demographic. It's scheduled to launch during the first half of 2013. [The Hollywood Reporter]
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