Casting Roundup: Chewbacca Brings His Talent to ‘Glee,’ ‘Once Upon a Time’ Casts Gaston

Mike Chang and ChewbaccaI’ve been working for quite a while to come up with a funny enough joke to lead into the particularly noteworthy guest casting on the upcoming Glee Christmas episode, but nothing I think of is nearly as good as the news itself: Chewbacca—Han Solo’s Wookiee copilot in the Star Wars universe—will be coming to McKinley High. How can you trivialize the most wonderful casting in a musical dramedy with mere wordplay? Sure, I could play off a possible romance with Jane Lynch’s character, dubbing the duo Suebacca. As it is a Christmas episode, I might allude to leaving Wookiees and milk out for Santa Claus. But let’s put all that treachery aside in favor of discussing what role Chewbacca will play at McKinley High. Glee star Matthew Morrison revealed that Chewbacca will exist in a within-the-episode special that pays homage to the Star Wars Christmas special of 1978. Glee‘s Christmas episode will air next Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox. Catch tonight’s new Glee, “Hold on to Sixteen,” which brings back good ol’ Trouty Mouth (Chord Overstreet). –THR

No one fights like Sage Brocklebank, douses lights like Sage Brockleback…in a wrestling match, nobody bites like—yeah, just doesn’t have the same ring to it. But the ABC series Once Upon a Time will see Brocklebank take on the role of the man who once earned these accolades in a much more rhythmic way: Gaston, the brawny dufus antagonist from Beauty and the Beast. Once seems to be working on collecting a handful of Beauty and the Beast characters; they’ve already cast LOST‘s impeccable Emilie de Ravin as Belle, and now Psych‘s Brocklebank will play her nefarious suitor. Witness this tale as old as time on Once on Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. –EW

Speaking of LOST, someone much darker than the glowing young Claire (I choose to remember her as she was in the first half of the series) will be making a cameo on another fairy tale-themed show: Titus Welliver, who terrorized the island as the Man in Black, will be bringing his supernatural abilities to the NBC series Grimm. Welliver did his share of shapeshifting back in his beachside days, and apparently, he’s feeling a bit nostalgic: Welliver’s Grimm character, Farley Holt, will have the power to transform into a golden eagle. At least he’s sticking to solid states of matter this time around. Grimm airs Fridays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC. –Zap2it


TNT is making some serious plans for the final episode of its long-running series The Closer. In the most poetic fashion possible, Brenda Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick) will find herself pit against her arch nemesis—the dishonest attorney and suspected rapist Philip Stroh, played by Billy Burke of The Twilight Saga films. Burke will find himself back on the series when a serial killer investigation involves both Brenda and Stroh, set opposed to each other in one final, epic, and likely super-cathartic battle. The Closer‘s series finale will air sometime in the summer of 2012. Watch the remaining three episodes of The Closer‘s “mini-season” on the next three consecutive Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on TNT. –TVLine