TV Tidbits: Shakira and Usher Lead ‘Voice’ Ratings Surge, ‘Game of Thrones’ Actress Gets Elementary

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Sopranos Alum Joins Californication: You heard us right — Californication is still on! Not only that, but Michael Imperioli of The Sopranos fame has joined the show’s seventh season in a recurring role. Imperioli, who played Christopher on the legendary HBO mob series, will play Rick Rath, an “old school” television producer who is a key player in Hank’s next venture. [Deadline]

Cee-Lo Who? Christina Who?: The Voice‘s vacationing judges might have something to worry about — despite being up against the NCAA finals last night, the competition show drew in 13.7 million viewers and a 4.9 in the demo, marking a spring cycle high. The critical response for newcomers Shakira and Usher has been very positive as well, leaving NBC with an interesting debacle on their hands… [TVLine]

Game of Thrones Beauty Leaves Westeros: Just kidding, she’ll be back. But we love Natalie Dormer as the firey Margaery Tyrell so much that we’re thrilled to hear that she’s joining CBS’ Elementary for a multi-episode arc. The English beauty will play Irene Adler, a revered character from the Sherlock Holmes stories, who has been murdered in this iteration of the classic tale. Her death sent Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) into a drug-fueled downward spiral… so, we’re guessing this arc will be flashback-oriented. She’ll first appear Thursday, May 9. [TVGuide]

Lost Alum Walks Into the Fire: Tania Raymonde, who played Ben Linus’ ill-fated daughter on Lost, has been cast in the proposed spinoff for NBC’s hit Chicago Fire. She’ll join the show’s current cast for their first season finale, which will serve as a backdoor pilot of sorts. No word yet on which CF hunks will head over for the spinoff, but Jon Seda’s Chicago PD Detective Antonio Dawson seems likely. [Deadline]

Aly Michalka Now Dateable: Aly Michalka just exited the NBC pilot Undebateable, and she’s already been replaced by Briga Heelan. The multi-camera comedy pilot is described as a bromantic comedy about Danny (Chris D’Elia) and Justin (Brent Morin) — two very different guys bonded by their common inability to attract women. Heelan will play Maddie, a waitress in Justin’s (Morin) bar who is endlessly attracted to jerks and bad pickup lines and might have a sweet spot for Justin. [Deadline]

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