TV News

Casting Roundup: 'Live! with Kelly' Nabs a Jo Bro, 'True Blood' Casts Stabler?

By:
Nov 30, 2011 | 12:36pm EST

Christopher MeloniThe newly Regisless Live! with Kelly is racking up guest hosts like nobody's business. Mid-December will welcome a foursome of male guest hosts to join Kelly Ripa on the stage. Real Sports host Bryant Gumbel will head off the pack, resuming his position as Live! guest host (he has done so several times over the past few years) on Dec. 12. The following day, Dec. 13, viewers will welcome Kevin Jonas, who is likely to bring in a much younger demographic than the show is used to. After Jonas, Live! will welcome star of film and stage Taye Diggs, who will appear on Dec. 14. And finishing off the pack with a two-day stint on Dec. 15 and 16 will be singer Michael Buble. It's a diverse group, but one (at least from Jonas on) that will likely be gracing daytime television with a bit of musical charm. -THR

The two rules of television: you can never have enough guest stars, and you can never have enough vampires. True Blood is killing two birds with one stone by roping in a man who broke all our hearts recently by dropping out of Law & Order: SVU: Christopher Meloni. The HBO series is pursuing Meloni as a mighty member of the vampire species for its fifth season. It's not exactly the New York City detective we miss so much, but we'd be glad to have him back on the air. -TVLine

Speaking of vampires, a Vampire Diaries star is heading over to Supernatural. Sara Canning, who plays Jenna Sommers on the CW series, will be stopping by another CW series, Supernatural, to provide a not-quite-romantic interest for Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles). Canning's character, a carefree girl named Lydia, will make her debut on a January episode, after the winter hiatus. Supernatural's seventh season airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on the CW. -TVLine

Finally, Spike TV's 2011 Video Game Awards are nearing, and the network has just chosen a host for the event: Zachary Levi, known best as the star of NBC's Chuck. The incurably likeable Levi will lead a show that includes appearances by The Black Keys. The Video Game Awards will air live on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, on Spike TV, MTV2, and via Spike.com -Spike Publicity

More TV News