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Channel Surfing: Katee Sackhoff Turned Down True Blood, Guests for Post-Lost Special, Stephen King in Sons of Anarchy, and More

Welcome to your Friday morning television briefing.

Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello has the scoop on why Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica, 24) turned down the role of Debbie Pelt on Season Three of HBO's vampire drama True Blood, a role that was later filled by The Middleman's Brit Morgan when Sackhoff decided instead to join the cast of ABC drama pilot Boston's Finest. "I am a huge fan of True Blood,” Sackhoff told Ausiello. "It’s a phenomenal show and [executive producer] Alan Ball is a f—ing genius. But I wanted more security than one season of something, so I rolled the dice with [Boston's Finest]. This entire business is about rolling the dice and hoping you made the right decision. I almost didn’t take 24 to do my own series on USA Network, and that worked out. I’m sure [Brit] is going to be fantastic [as Debbie]." (Entertainment Weekly's Ausiello Files)

The Wrap's Josef Adalian takes a look at just which cast members from Lost will be appearing on ABC's post-finale special Jimmy Kimmel Live: Aloha to Lost. Quoting the network press release, Adalian writes, "Kimmel will be joined in studio by Naveen Andrews, Nestor Carbonell, Alan Dale, Jeremy Davies, Emilie de Ravin, Michael Emerson, Matthew Fox, Daniel Dae Kim, Terry O’Quinn and Harold Perrineau, with special appearances by Jorge Garcia, Josh Holloway and Evangeline Lilly and an exclusive look at THREE ALTERNATIVE FINAL SCENES from the minds of executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse." Adalian was quick to notice that Yunjin Kim won't be participating... (The Wrap's TVMoJoe)

Novelist Stephen King has been cast in an upcoming episode of Season Three of FX's drama series Sons of Anarchy, according to Entertainment Weekly's Lynette Rice. King will play "a quiet loner who appears in Gemma's (Katey Sagal) time of need." King, who is an outspoken fan of the series, will appear in the third episode. (Entertainment Weekly's Hollywood Insider)

Variety's Mike Schneider looks at why ABC decided to extend the series finale of Lost, thus positioning its final half-hour outside of primetime. "That might seem like an odd decision to make, given that every ratings point counts as the networks sprint toward the May sweeps -- and 2009-2010 TV season -- finish line," writes Schneider. "But in the case of Lost, the network is able to sell more commercial time with the extra half-hour -- which is why they didn't balk when producers called from the edit bay asking for additional time. Ditto ABC's affiliate stations, which were given additional ad time in exchange for the show pushing into local news time." So there you go. (Variety)

TV Guide Magazine's Will Keck is reporting that adult film star Sasha Grey has been cast in a multiple-episode story arc on HBO's Entourage, where she will play the new girlfriend of Adrian Grenier's Vince Chase, whom he meets at a bar in the fifth episode of Season Eight. (TV Guide Magazine)

Syfy is developing superhero drama series Metadocs, based on the comicbook series, about a "secretive wing of a large urban hospital that treats injured superheroes." Michael Chernuchin (Law & Order) will write and executive produce alongside Bob Cooper, J.J. Jamieson, and Scott Mitchell Rosenberg. Project hails from Landscape Entertainment, FremantleMedia, and Universal Cable Prods. (Variety)

G4 has given a ten-episode order to Attack of the Show spinoff It's Effin' Science, which will feature Angie Greenup, Marc Horowitz, and Chad Zdenek as they attempt to push the scientific envelope. According to The Hollywood Reporter's James Hibberd, segments will include "trying to build a hoverboard as in Back to the Future II, blasting a Port-a-Potty 100 feet into the air and trying to construct night-vision goggles." Series debuts June 15th. (Hollywood Reporter)

Boxer Gavin-Keith Umeh (All My Children) has been cast in at least two episodes of FX's upcoming drama series Lights Out, where he will play Javier Morales, described as "a younger fighter who squares off against Leary (Holy McCallany) in one of his first tune-up fights." (The Wrap)

The CW announced yesterday that it would begin airing repeats of Alex O'Loughlin's vampire drama series Moonlight, which it will air on Thursdays at 9 pm ET/PT starting June 3rd. (Hollywood Reporter's The Live Feed)

Meanwhile, E! Online's Kristin Dos Santos offers an explanation of why the CW would decide, now of all times, to begin running a short-lived series that has already had a second window on cable. "I'm told that the decision was made in part to keep O'Loughlin's fan base chugging along, in the hopes they'll follow him to the new Five-O this fall," writes Dos Santos. "(The CW and CBS are all one family, you know.) Plus, maybe you've heard, people kinda like vampires these days? So the ratings shouldn't be too shabby either, and will keep the TV audience busy." (E! Online's Watch with Kristin)

The CW's current supernatural drama Supernatural, meanwhile, is heading to Fridays, where it will air repeats following the Smallville, beginning May 28th, according to The Futon Critic, who writes, "The move will undoubtedly fuel speculation that Supernatural will permanently take residence there for its sixth season." (Futon Critic)

20th Century Fox TV has signed a two-year overall deal with writer Liz Astrof (Kath & Kim), under which she will develop new projects for the studio and be staffed on an existing or new series. "The studio has obviously had a great year in comedy launching Modern Family, The Cleveland Show and Glee, and we're always looking for great comedic voices," said 20th Century Fox chairman Gary Newman. "Liz has excelled at a number of series, both multi- and single-camera." (Hollywood Reporter)

Fox Television Studios signed a new two-year overall deal with Mikkel Bondesen's Fuse Entertainment, under which the production shingle of the Burn Notice executive producer will develop new projects, primarily for cable. (Deadline.com)

Style Network has ordered a second season of Endemol USA's reality series Jerseylicious, which has been renewed for ten episodes. (Variety)

Stay tuned.

Comments

Ramona said…
Oh, Katee Sackhoff would have been a great addition to True Blood. I understand her decision but it doesn't mean I'm happy about it!

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