Casting Roundup: Elisabeth Moss May Get a BBC Show, an Old Friend Returns to Conan

Corey MatthewsThe curse of being an actor on a hit television series is often that people identify you only as your character. Elisabeth Moss is bst known for playing Peggy Olson on AMC’s Mad Men, but she might soon expand her notoriety with a new series on the BBC. Moss is in the late stages of a deal with the British network to star in Top of the Lake, a crime-drama miniseries about the investigation of a missing pregnant girl, whose father is a notorious drug kingpin. If the deal goes through, Moss will play Robin Griffin, the detective on the case. Also attached is writer/director Jane Campion (The Piano). –Deadline

Technically, Conan O’Brien isn’t really allowed to use a good deal of his bits and characters that he created for the NBC network now that he is hosting his talk show, Conan, on TBS. However, that hasn’t stopped the irreverent Conan from making a few call-backs to his former days hosting Late Night. And he’s not done yet. Conan will be reunited his, arguably, most iconic character: Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. According to Conan’s twitter, Triumph will be making an appearance on his show tonight, to add to the glory of his week shooting in New York City. The week has already been packed full of Conan’s best comedy in quite some time; this is no disappointment. Conan airs weeknights at 11 p.m. ET/PT on TBS. –Twitter

When 30 Rock returns to NBC a mid-season replacement, it will be bringing with it some guest stars of note. When we last left Jack Donaghy, he was still sullied over the kidnapping of his wife, Avery Jessup (Elizabeth Banks). However, Donaghy won’t be entirely alone: Avery’s mother is coming to the show, and she’ll be played by Mary Steenburgen. Steenburgen’s character will be Charlotte, an “uber-WASP” who doesn’t quite get along with her son-in-law.

The Corrections, the 2001 novel by Jonathan Franzen, has been officially picked up for adaptation as a series by HBO. Starring in the series are Chris Cooper and Dianne Wiest as a couple from the American Midwest who muster their estranged children to enjoy “one last Christmas” together as the twentieth century comes to a close. –Vulture