TV Tidbits: ‘Once Upon A Time’ Hooks a New Regular, Julia Roberts Tames a Shrew



Miss America Pageant Finds Its Hosts: The 2013 Miss America Pageant will once again be hosted by Bachelor great Chris Harrison and Dancing With The Stars goddess Brooke Burke-Charvet. ABC has announced via release that the show will air on Jan. 12, 2013, from the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, as long as the world doesn’t end first. Which would be awful, because then we wouldn’t get to have another Miss America Pageant. [Zap2It]

Cinemax Original Programming Strikes Back: Original programming is so all the rage these days! Just ask Cinemax, who renewed their flagship original drama, Strike Back, for a third season today. This news comes two weeks before the debut of their second original primetime drama, Hunted, which will be followed by Banshee in 2013. Strike Back, which focuses on a special counterterrorism unit, will air ten new episodes in 2013. [Deadline]

Julia Roberts Turns Shrew for ABC: Legendary Hollywood starlet Julia Roberts will (kind of) bring Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew to ABC, via a sitcom of the same name that otherwise has nothing to do with the play. Roberts’ Red Om Films has partnered with Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas of 3 Arts and ABC Studios to produce the half-hour workplace comedy, which will focus on a horrible boss and her employees. [Hollywood Reporter]

Big Trouble in Little Parenthood: Californication star slash Louie producer (slash rumored Louis C.K. girlfriend) Pamela Adlon is about to seriously shake things up on Parenthood. Adlon will recur as Marlana, a wealthy and seriously pissed off neighbor to Adam and Crosby’s Luncheonette recording studio. She’ll eventually file a noise complaint with the city, but hopefully the Braverman feel-good love will eventually thaw her icy hard heart. [TVLine]

Falling Skies Gets a Glimpse of Heaven: Well, not really. The alien-invaded world of Falling Skies is still a hot dystopian mess, but at least the leader of the not-so-free world will make an appearance in Season 3. Seventh Heaven vet Stephen Collins will guest as Benjamin Hathaway, a now combat-ready leader who wants to meet Noah Wyle‘s Tom for some tips on how to beat the bad guys. []

The Captain Hooks a Full-Time Role: ABC’s fairy tale smash Once Upon a Time is officially enchanted by Colin O’Donoghue. O’Donoghue was originally set to recur throughout the season, but now he’ll be an official series regular for the season’s back nine episodes, despite the fact that his character’s — Captain Hook — first appearance hasn’t even aired yet. He’ll make his grand debut on Oct. 21, in an episode appropriately titled “The Crocodile.” He’s pretty steamy, so this decision shouldn’t be a huge surprise for fans of the show, who have already seen a plethora of pretty new faces via last week’s premiere. [EW]

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