'House of Lies' Snags Adam Brody for Guest Role; Julius 'Dr. J' Erving Pops up on 'The Office'
Basketball Hall of Famer, Julius “Dr. J” Erving is going to play some ball with Jim Halpert (John Krasinkski) on NBC’s The Office. The episode, set to air Jan. 17, will feature the basketball player as an investor in Jim’s sports marketing business. [EW]
TV Land is picking up The Soul Man for Season 2 and The Exes for Season 3. The Soul Man, which stars Cedric “The Entertainer,” will also be getting a new showrunner in the form of Yvette Lee Bowser (Living Single). Both shows are set to return in June 2013 with 10 new episodes. [Deadline]Cable network Bravo delivered its seventh consecutive best year ever in 2012 among total viewers and the 25-54 age demographic. The network also nabbed the most viewers and remained No.1 for viewers age 18-49, and 25-54. In a statement, Frances Berwick, president of Bravo said, “With over 400 hours of high quality original programming, 2012 was marked by record achievements across returning and new series, digital innovations like Play Live, Transmedia and Zeebox, brand extensions like the Top Chef Kitchen and multi-platform partnerships. We are in great shape to launch an exciting new slate of programming for 2013, which includes our first scripted original series.” [Bravo]
Season 2 of Randy to the Rescue is set to premiere in May 2013 on TLC. The network has confirmed that hair stylist Lindsay Yamashita and makeup artist Raychel Wade as the new beauty team for the second season. This season, Randy will be visiting Denver, Seattle, Oklahoma City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin, Miami, Savannah, D.C., and Chicago to make brides’ fantasies come true. [TLC]
Did you love NBC’s American Dreams? Well if so, you’re in luck, as much of the cast of the show will be attending the second annual ATX festival in Austin, Texas in June. Brittany Snow, Parenthood’s Sarah Ramos and Glee’s Vanessa Lengies among others will be on hand during the weekend long event. For more info on the ATX festival, head here. [TVLine]With ratings down all around, CBS still won the night. CSI hit a series low while Survivor and Criminal Minds were also down. All of the comedies on ABC also hit season or series lows. Meanwhile, FOX’s The X Factor nabbed 7.7 million viewers. [TV Guide]
It’s time for the Best Funeral Ever. TLC has ordered a special/backdoor pilot of the show that goes behind-the-scenes of an unconventional funeral home. At the home, funeral director John Beckwith asks families to create a special theme for a memorial and then throws a big party to celebrate the deceased The special, which airs on Dec. 26, will feature Christmas-inspired and BBQ-themed funerals. [EW]
Just a couple of months after Tyler Perry made a deal with the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), the network has now announced the two series the star will oversee. Perry will have a hand in new drama, The Haves and the Have Nots, and comedy, Love Thy Neighbor. Both shows are set to begin production next year and slated to premiere in mid 2013. [THR]