‘Smash’ EPs to Produce Oscars; ‘Suburgatory’ Casts Tessa’s Mom

Lauren DiMascio / August 23, 2012

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Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, executive producers of NBC’s musical drama Smash have been chosen to produce this year’s Academy Awards. The duo have also produced Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva among many other films and Broadway musicals. [TVLine]

What actress has been cast as Tessa’s mom on Suburgatory?

Malin Ackerman has been tapped to star as Tessa’s singer/songwriter free spirit mother in the second season of Suburgatory. She’ll be around for the holidays appearing in both the Thanksgiving and Christmas episodes. Suburgatory returns Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 9:30 PM. [EW]

Cougar Town’s Busy Philipps will be the first guest on Sundance Channel’s The Mortified Sessions. The interview show offers a peek into the childhood and life changing moments of some of Hollywood’s best personalities. Adam Goldberg, Mark Duplass, Gillian Jacobs, Jason Ritter and Kristin Bauer will also be featured this season. Philipps’ episode kicks off the new season on Monday October 8 at 10 PM. [Sundance Channel]

Lindsay Sloane  will be making a guest appearance on new FOX sitcom, Ben and Kate. Sloane will be playing the ex-girlfriend of Ben (Nat Faxon). Ben and Kate focuses on an older brother who moves in with his very responsible younger sister to help raise her daughter. [TVLine]