Casting Roundup: Molly Shannon on ‘Up All Night,’ Matt Smith May Leave ‘Doctor Who’

Molly ShannonEven though it may have kept younger viewers away with its “the struggles of parenting” premise, Up All Night has proven each week to be a full-fledged tour de force of comedy. The series has some of Saturday Night Live‘s great strengths going for it, such as the behind-the-scenes brilliance of Lorne Michaels and the comic prowess of Maya Rudolph. And now, an SNL icon is about to make a guest appearance. Molly Shannon will pay a visit to Chris and Reagan (Will Arnett and Christina Applegate) on a November episode of Up All Night. Shannon will play a producer of Ava’s (Rudolph) talk show who is not entirely cut out for the demanding position. As far as I’m concerned, any appearance by Shannon, on any show (especially one with a comedic sensibility so suited for her) is a win. Up All Night airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC. -Vulture

Doctor Who might very well be calling in its twelfth man to star. Although nothing is confirmed yet, fans of the show are frantic to hear that Matt Smith, who has played the Doctor since 2010 may be done after next season. Although Smith, the eleventh man to play the character, has embodied the role for just under a year, fans have responded positively to his performance and would likely be sad to see him ago. Smith’s interest in leaving the series stems from his desire to pursue film and television work in America. -VH1

One Tree Hill fans might have been remiss to learn about the diminished screen time of central character Nathan Scott, played by James Lafferty, in the ninth and final season. Although Lafferty signed on only for a part-time role, the actor will definitely be back for the most important episode: the series finale. While his absence throughout the season might feel a bit awkward, at least we’ll be able to round things all out with an ending the series deserves. Also returning this season will be former star Chad Michael Murray, Tyler Hilton, Paul Johansson, and Barbara Alyn Woods. One Tree Hill will return to the CW in 2012. -TVLine

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.

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