Casting Roundup: Nick Jonas is a Deadbeat Dad and Jessie J Joins ‘X-Factor’

Jessie JNick Jonas is a paragon of innocence, wholesomeness and not being an estranged babydaddy. Or so we thought. If you’ve been watching ABC’s new sitcom Last Man Standing, starring Tim Allen, then you already know about the as-of-yet unseen character Ryan, the father of Kristen’s (Alexandra Krosney) baby who left her to care for the child on her own. Kristen is the oldest daughter of Allen’s character, Mike Baxter; it goes without saying that he’s not too fond of this Ryan individual. But Ryan will have a chance to win us over on the Christmas episode, and the very non-Ryan Nick Jonas will be the actor portraying him. Last Man Standing airs on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. –TVLine


Jessie J is back—and not sitting-down-in-the-middle-of-a-stage-while-other-people-dance-around-her back. I mean back back. The British artist will be making her way overseas to deliver a special appearance on America’s newest musical talent competition series, The X-Factor. Jessie J will make her appearance on this week’s results show, airing Thursday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox. THR


Franklin & Bash is pretty much just a gift to any young adult who suffers from pop culture nostalgia. The two stars are Breckin Meyer and Zack Morris, palling around as fun-loving lawyers. Adding to our yearnings for the days of cinema past is new guest star Sean Astin, who will appear on a Season 2 episode when the series returns to TNT. Astin is the star of old favorites The Goonies, Encino Man and Rudy (I know he has the Lord of the Rings movies under his belt now, but I prefer to remember him scowering the sewers for the treasure of One-Eyed Willy.) On Franklin & Bash, he will play a security guard who takes on a “superhero” persona after hours and fights crime, cape and all. The stars come to his defense when he is accused of murder.  –TVLine