Casting Roundup: ‘True Blood’ Gets a New Werewolf, ‘Party Down’ Vet on ‘Happy Endings’

Ryan HansenThis past season on True Blood, fans got to see the rise and fall of Marcus Bozeman (Daniel Buran), former master of the werewolf pack. But until now, we’ve been missing one vital piece of the Marcus story: his mother. True Blood has rustled the formidable film and television actress Dale Dickey to play Annie, mother of the deceased Marcus on the next season of the HBO series, who will serve as a woman on a mission—not unlikely, a mission of revenge. Dickey had a major role in last year’s acclaimed film, Winter’s Bone, and played Patty, the kindly and academically ingenious prostitute on My Name is Earl. –TVLine

Every once in a while, it feels like the networks decide to get together and throw a little party for we TV aficionados. ABC’s Happy Endings is one of the funniest and most clever series on air, and it is about to welcome a starring player from one of the funniest and most clever series of 2009 and 2010: Party Down. Ryan Hansen, who played the self-absorbed struggling actor, Kyle, on the canceled Starz comedy, will make his way to the steaktruck-lined streets of Chicago to play a none-too-stylish suitor to the unlucky-in-love Penny (Casey Wilson). Overcome by from her grab-bag of insecurities, Penny will decide that Hanson’s character needs some serious renovations before the two can date. Oh, Penny. Happy Endings airs Wednesday nights at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. –TVLine

If you like Chelsea Handler, and can get past the confusion of Laura Prepon playing Chelsea Handler while Chelsea Handler herself plays Chelsea Handler’s sister, then you’re probably looking forward to the NBC midseason replacement comedy Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea, based on the talk show host’s book of autobiographical essays. And if you are also a fan of That ’70s Show, you’re probably about to be ecstatic: the show’s vet Prepon will be visited by former costar Wilmer Valderrama for one episode of Are You There, Vodka? He’ll play a minor-league baseball player who becomes a love interest for Chelsea. –EW