‘The Mindy Project’ Undergoes Cast Changes; ‘New Girl’ Casts Nick’s Scam Artist Dad

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FOX’s The Mindy Project will be seeing some cast changes from its series. Amanda Setton, who portrays sexy receptionist Shauna will be written out of the show mid-season, while Anna Camp‘s Gwen is being bumped to a recurring role. [EW]

Law & Order veteran Dennis Farina has been cast to play Nick’s (Jake Johnson) scam artist father in a 2013 episode of New Girl. In the story, Nick is highly suspicious about his dad’s impromptu visit, though Jess (Zooey Deschanel) couldn’t be more delighted to meet the elder Miller. [TVLine]

Judd Apatow‘s The Simpsons episode is getting made — more than two decades later. The FOX series’ executive producer Al Jean confirmed that the script the Knocked Up and This Is 40 writer-producer-director penned 22 years ago will (finally) air next season. [EW]

Whitney Cummings has announced the first guest on her new E! talk show, Love You, Mean It With Whitney Cummings. The Office and The Mindy Project star Mindy Kaling is set to appear on the inaugural episode. Will Ferrell, Lizzy Caplan and Ginnifer Goodwin will also be guests in the near future. [E! Entertainment]

Two new faces are heading to Mystic Falls as Camille Guaty and Charlie Bewley will guest-star on at least two episodes of The CW’s The Vampire Diaries. Guaty, whose credits include Prison Break and Las Vegas, will play Caitlin, a woman from Professor Shane’s (David Alpay) past. [TV Guide]

Sitcoms across the board failed to make people laugh and many comedies suffered a ratings drop on Tuesday night. FOX’s New Girl took a hard hit and managed to rake in only 4.1 million viewers, falling two tenths to a series low. Meanwhile, NBC’s The New Normal hit a new low in their demographic, drawing in only 4.35 million viewers. [TVLine]

It’s time for Mike Rowe to clean up his act. After eight seasons, the Dirty Jobs host announced that the Discovery series has indeed been canceled. “A few weeks ago, I was officially informed that Dirty Jobs had entered into a new phase,” host Mike Rowe wrote on his blog. “One I like to call, ‘permanent hiatus.’ Or in the more popular industry vernacular, canceled … Dirty Jobs is a very personal show, and it’s difficult for me to imagine a future that does not involve exploding toilets, venomous snakes, misadventures in animal husbandry, and feces from every species.” [EW]

Though recently canceled, ABC’s Last Resort and 666 Park Avenue will not leave fans hanging, promises their respective showrunners. “We have time to tweak,” Last Resort creator Shawn Ryan confirmed, adding that Episode 13 will serve as a full-fledged series finale. Meanwhile, 666 executive producers David Wilcox and Matt Miller teased that the show “is building to a powerful and surprising series finale, where all your questions will be answered. We hope fans of the show continue watching all the way to the end of Jane and Henry’s incredible journey to the dark side.” [TVLine]

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