Here’s your Weekender for 6/24-6/26/2011
Will James Spader be joining The Office as the new boss? Maybe, but not for the boss you’re thinking of. Reports are floating around that Spade could join the cast as the new CEO of Dunder Miflin, replacing Kathy Bates. No scripts are written and no deal signed, but Spader’s Robert California would be introduced in the premiere as the new manager under this plan; he’d then talk corporate into also elevating him to CEO of the company. Of all the people vying to be Michael Scott’s replacement, I thought he was the funniest. Plus, this would allow someone else, from inside (Daryl!) to really take over for Michael Scott.
Scott Wilson has been cast in the second season of The Walking Dead as Hershel Greene. The character plays a prominent role in the graphic novel series and owns a farm that has been ravaged by zombies. Lauren Cohan will also portray a member of the Greene family, Hershel’s daughter Maggie.
Lincoln Heights star Russell Hornsby and Hellcats actress Sharon Leal will be guest starring in an episode of USA’s new hit series Suits. Hornsby will play Quentin Sainz, someone from Jessica’s past whose company’s breakthrough drug for ALS patients may have unexpected deadly side effects. Leal will play Lisa Parker, a consultant for a company being sued for falsifying the results of their drug trials to the FDA.
AMC’s president apologizes to viewers for such a shitty finale of The Killing.
FX’s new comedy Wilfred premiered to the highest ratings for a comedy on the network. The show drew 2.6 million viewers and a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49, and if you include the show’s encore, the performance rises to 3.8 million.
Former 24 star Annie Wersching has booked a gig on Rizzoli & Isles, where she’ll come on board an episode as Nicole Mateo, a pal of Angie Harmon’s character from her days in the Drug Control Unit unit.
Carol Burnett will reprise her infamous All My Children role of Verla Grubbs for a small arc this September, before the ABC soap signs off for good.
Valerie Cruz has landed a recurring gig on Syfy’s Alphas , which premieres July 11, playing a mysterious agent for the Department of Defense.
Natalie Zea has signed on for season 3 of FX’s Justified. Zea will also guest star on the new season of Californication a new love interest for Hank Moody.
In cased you missed it, Conan’s editors really love Final Cut Pro X.