TV Tidbits: J.J. Abrams to ‘Believe’ in Kyle Maclachlan, Will Arnett Gets a Beau

Kyle MacLachlan cast in JJ Abrams pilot Believer

Kyle MacLachlan Is a Believer: J.J. Abrams newest television venture has added Twin Peaks and Desperate Housewives star Kyle MacLachlan — currently seen in a recurring capacity on CBS’ The Good Wife — to his NBC drama, Believe. MacLachlan will play Skouras, a mysterious billionaire with a mysterious agenda involving the show’s main protagonists, a gifted young girl and a man sprung from jail, tasked with protecting the aforementioned young girl. [TVLine]

Hart of Dixie Gets a New Love Interest: Well this is some interesting casting! Rob Huebel, funny person most commonly seen on Children’s Hospital, has been cast as a new love interest for Rachel Bilson’s Zoe, ensuring fans of the CW that A) a little awkward comedy may be heading their way, and B) Wade and Zoe might not be so quick to resolve things. Oh no! [THR]

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Beau Bridges Adopts a New Son: And what a son he is. Bridges has been cast as Will Arnett‘s father in the comedian’s upcoming, yet-to-be-titled CBS comedy pilot from Raising Hope creator Greg Garcia. Bridges joins an already stellar cast — his wife will be played by Margo Martindale (Justified, The Americans) and his daughter is the Waitress from Always Sunny. It’ll be worth a peek for sure. [TVLine]

Fringe Alums Book Pilots: Fringe alumni Seth Gabel and Georgina Haig — a.k.a. Lincoln Lee and Etta Bishop — have both moved on to new TV projects. Gabel just signed on for ABC’s Gothica, which is described as a modern-day Gothic soap that weaves together the mythologies of Dracula, Jekyll and Hyde, Frankenstein and Dorian Gray, among others. He’ll play Roderick Usher, the local DA and heir to the once-powerful, secretive Usher family. Haig is joining CBS’ Reckless, a sultry legal drama project set in Charleston, S.C., where a gorgeous Yankee litigator and a Southern City Attorney (played by The O.C.‘s Cam Gigandet) struggle to hide their attraction while clashing over a police sex scandal. Haig will play Charleston police officer Lee Anne. [Deadline]

90210 Star Lands Out of This World Role: It’s only been a few days since The CW announced 90210′s cancelation, but star Matt Lanter is moving on already. The actor signed on to the network’s sci-fi drama pilot OxygenThe show revolves around the romance that ignites between Emery, a human girl (Friday Night Lights‘ Aimee Teegarden) and Roman, an alien boy, when he and eight others of his kind (The Orion 9) are integrated into a suburban high school 10 years after their species landed on Earth and were immediately interned in a camp where they’ve been imprisoned ever since. Lanter will play Roman, who falls in love with Emery after he befriends her while escaping authorities 10 years prior. [THR]

Gossip Girl Makes The List:  GG alum Jessica Szohr has been cast as the female lead opposite Michael Peña in The List. The Fox drama follows Deputy U.S. Marshal Soto (Peña) who, when members of the Federal Witness Security Program start getting killed, leads the hunt for the person who stole “the list” – a file with the identities of every member of the program. Szohr will play Special Agent Natalie Voss, a fearless FBI agent who detests dealing with the Witness Security Program but is intrigued by Soto. [Deadline]

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