Casting Roundup: ‘Live!’ Nabs Jim Parsons and a ‘Parks & Rec’ Star

Rob LoweYou know what Kelly Ripa doesn’t talk about enough? The Flash. For those of you in that mindset: fear not. The Live! host will be joined by Jim Parsons, the celebrated star of The Big Bang Theory. Parsons will be acting as guest host on Live! on Tuesday, Jan 3. But he’s just the first star to kick off the week: Ripa will be joined by her husband Mark Consuelos, David Duchovny and Rob Lowe all in the week of Jan. 3 through Jan. 6. So, whether you’re partial to the deadpan nerdiness of The Big Bang Theory‘s Sheldon (Parson), the hedonistic debonair of Californication‘s Hank Moody (Duchovny), or the literally-most-exciteable-person-on-Earth that is Parks and Recreation‘s Chris Traeger (Lowe), you’ll be pleased by the first week of the Live! new year on. -TVLine

Nick Zano can be seen on 2 Broke Girls as the recurring character Johnny, a love interest for Max (Kat Dennings). But now, Zano will be stepping away from the filthy alleys of television’s version of Brooklyn, and heading over to the golden streets of television’s version of Los Angeles. Zano will be appearing on the CW series 90210 in a guest role this coming February. Zano will play P.J., an affluent do-nothing who might be undergoing a change in his value system when he meets Annie (Shenae Grimes). After Zano’s character falls for the series’ star, he might turn his life around and clean up his act. 90210 returns from hiatus on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 8 p.m. on the CW. -E Online

William Devane should be a name familiar to anyone with a history of watching operas. But now he’ll be enjoying a stint on primetime television in ABC’s Revenge. Devane will appear on the surprisingly thrilling new drama as Edward Grayson, the leader of the affluent Grayson family and father to Conrad (Henry Czerny). However, it is not his son who calls upon Edward for help, but Victoria, Conrad’s soon-to-be-ex-wife (Madeleine Stowe). Devane will find his way to the Hamptons in February for a two-episode stint on the show. Revenge returns from hiatus on Wednesday, Jan. 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. -EW

Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.