Casting Roundup: ‘That ’70s Show’ Star Gets New Series, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Doc on Hiatus

Danny MastersonThe ending of the ’70s was an emotional time for many. Not the real ’70s, nobody cared about that, but the decade represented by Fox’s That ’70s Show. Since the sitcom’s finale, we’ve seen most of its castmembers pop up in the spotlight here and there. Ashton Kutcher has not been hard-pressed for work. Mila Kunis is flourishing. Topher Grace has done reasonably well. Wilmer Valderrama had that show about insulting people. But one castmember we haven’t seen much of is Danny Masterson, who played the rebellious, cynical, emotionally distant Steven Hyde. But Masterson is about to be reintroduced to TV audiences in a new comedy series, Men at Work. Created by Breckin Meyer (Road Trip, Rat Race, Franklin & Bash), the series will focus on a nice-guy (Masterson) who suffers a damaging breakup and must rely on his group of friends to reconstruct himself. Men at Work is in development for broadcast on TBS. –Deadline

Debi Mazar is probably most recognizable to contemporary audiences for playing Shauna on Entourage and the actress will soon enjoy a guest spot on the ABC Family sitcom Melissa & Joey. Mazar will play a fast-talking political consultant hired by Mel (Melissa Joan Hart) when a story arc takes her character into the race for re-election for city council. Reportedly, Harper Quinn (Mazar) will be brought in after Mel is involved in a publicized, none-too-flattering event. Melissa and Joey‘s second season will begin its run in 2012 on ABC Family. –TVLine

This season of Grey’s Anatomy has been missing one key component that has defined the show for so long: one of the Grey parts. Chyler Leigh, who plays Lexie Grey, has been largely absent from the first three episodes of the eighth season. Ordinarily, one would worry that this indicates producers’ attempts to phase an actor out of a show. However, Leigh specifically requested the time off so that she could spend time with her husband and three children. She will, however, be back to her regular work schedule soon. The first episode to mark Leigh’s full-time return will air Thursday, Oct. 13 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. –TVLine