TV Roundup: Simon Cowell Seeks DJs, ‘Homeland’ Star Visits ‘The Good Wife’

Zooey Deschanel Simon Cowell is expanding his horizons. Next he aims to tackle another realm of music-making: DJ-ing. Cowell, who has spent years bolstering and crushing dreams of hopeful performers on American IdolThe X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, is launching a new series dedicated to discovering aspiring DJs. The mission statement of the untitled series is to “find the world’s greatest DJs.” Cowell has professed a great deal of respect for this particular community, stating, “DJ’s are the new rock stars, it feels like the right time to make this show.” Overbrook, the company owned by Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, will produce the series along with Cowell’s company SyCo. –MusicWeek

What do you get when you combine unapologetic snark with nearly impossible adorability? That’s a sociological experiment that the Writers Guild of America seems to be undertaking, as they have enlisted Joel McHale and Zooey Deschanel to play host at the WGA awards show ceremony on Feb. 19. McHale is celebrated as host of The Soup and the leading man on Community for his sardonic glibness and unrepentant charm. And New Girl star Deschanel is basically a talking kitten. It’s almost impossible to deny that this pair is pretty much the perfect comic balance. The awards will not be televised, but you can catch New Girl Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Fox, and Community when it returns to NBC this spring (hopefully). –Deadline

Homeland has made many people reevaluate their stance on Claire Danes. but the Showtime series has also turn our attention to the incredible talent that is Morena Baccarin, who we first came to know on the killed-too-soon series Firefly. Baccarin will be lending her skills to CBS’ The Good Wife, on which she will portray a power exec who gets involved in the lives of Alicia Florrick and company when she sues recurring character Colin Sweeney (Dylan Baker) for sexual harrassment. The Good Wife airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. –EW

Happy Endings seems to be making a habit out of casting actors to play themselves in one-off roles. Earlier this season, we got to see Fred Savage make a quick cameo, followed by a more recent (and more self-deprecating) play by actor/activist Ed Begley, Jr. A particularly exciting name on this list is Colin Hanks, who will be stopping by the show sometime in the spring. In the particularly malleable reality of Happy Endings, Hanks will be a fan of Dave’s thriving food truck, Steak Me Home Tonight, after it becomes renowned throughout Chicago for its “designer drinks.” Of course…it won’t last. But due to the series’ penchant for up-to-date pop culture referencing, we might be getting a few jokes about Hanks’ murderous turn on the most recent season of Dexter. Happy Endings airs Wednesday nights at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. –EW