Casting Roundup: NPH Subs For Regis on ‘Live!’, ‘Mad Men’ Star Joins New ABC Comedy

Kiernan ShipkaThe idea of Neil Patrick Harris guest-hosting on Live! makes me envious of the unemployed, because they can stay home and watch a heap of NPH’s daytime glory come the end of this month. After Regis Philbin’s resignation from the show, Kelly Ripa will be enjoying a series of guest hosts, one of whom will be the film, TV and theater star Harris. The actor has enjoyed guest spots on Live! in the past, and he’ll be regaling viewers with his magic once more from Monday, Nov. 28 to Friday, Dec. 2. –Deadline

We’re not sure what Don’t Trust the B— in Apartment 23 is up to, what with its provocative title and James Van Der Beek starring as himself, but we’re definitely intrigued. It doesn’t hurt that Apartment 23 (or Don’t Trust the B—…we’re not sure which is the official shorthand just yet) is roping in a guest star from the glorious Mad Men. Young Kiernan Shipka, the AMC series’ Sally Draper, will guest on the new ABC comedy, playing herself. In the reality of the show, Shipka will co-star with Van Der Beek in a “single dad” movie. DTTBIA23 (okay, that’s definitely not the shorthand) will premiere on ABC as a midseson replacement. –EW

A new Christmas tradition is about to be set in place: Pamela Anderson has signed on to play the Virgin Mary on a Canadian comedy TV special called A Russell Peters Christmas Special. The program will be a sketch comedy show, featuring Anderson as the Virgin Mary in a sketch themed after the birth of Jesus at the manger. Those familiar with Peters (and those who comprehend why he chose Anderson) can expect that the show will be far from reverent. The special will air in the U.S. on Dec. 1. –THR