Caffeine – February 27th Edition

Happy Sunday! Let’s call this “that week when they stopped making movies because all the movie stars signed on to TV shows”, okay?

The big TV news of the week has undoubtedly been Charlie Sheen’s breakdown. We’re not a gossip site, so I’m not going into that, except for the newsy part: Two and a Half Men has shut down production for the season.

Return dates for some of your favorite SyFy shows! Stargate Universe: March 7. Sanctuary: April 15. Click for more SyFy scheduling of reality shows, movies, etc.

Perhaps your new obsession: FX has ordered a pilot of Powers, a police procedural based on a graphic novel about detectives who deal with people who have superpowers. Oh, yes, PLEASE.

I’m not going to say who, because this may be spoilery, but someone is coming back to True Blood.

Guest stars! CW fans: Melinda Clarke will be on CSI. Morena Baccarin will play a matchmaker on The Mentalist. Bailey Chase will be recurring on the next season of Damages. Susan Sarandon will guest star on 30 Rock. Donal Logue of the gone-too-soon Terriers will guest star on House.

Renewed: American Dad, The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret. (Honestly, not sure I’d ever heard of that one.) Cancelled: Glory Daze. Over before it began: HBO’s Tilda.

Pretty Little Liars fans rejoice: ABC Family has officially picked up The Lying Game, based on a novel by the same author.

MTV has picked up a comedy pilot about underemployed college grads. Unlike half the shows on TV? Hm. I suppose I’ll give it a try.

EW’s been doing pilot rundowns for all the networks. Here’s their take on FOX, and there are links there to their write-ups of the other networks in case you missed them.

Pilot Updates! Some really big names got cast this week, so read on for Kiefer Sutherland, Ashley Judd, Jason Isaacs, Minnie Driver, and more.

17th Precinct adds Eamonn Walker.

The Assistants has found one assistant: T.J. Miller.

Bad Mom will probably star Jenna Elfman. And it gets some writers.

Bent adds Joey King to play Amanda Peet’s daughter.

Big Mike adds Elizabeth Bogush.

Brave New World casts another three: Jazz Raycole, Anna Popplewell, and Robbie Benson. Wait, like Beauty and the Beast Robbie Benson? Awesome.

Combat Hospital will star Michelle Borth, so it’s a good week for Forgotten alums.

The Crossing casts Claire Wellin. I’m really excited about the prospect of a historical show on network TV.

Damage Control (the previously untitled Shonda Rhimes thing) adds Tony Goldwyn.

Exit Strategy adds Elyes Gabel and Lina Esco.

Family Album adds Joy Osmanski.

Good Christian Bitches starts its casting with Jennifer Aspen.

The Great State of Georgia adds Loretta Devine.

Grimm adds Russell Hornsby and Bitsie Tulloch. And also Silas Weir Mitchell.

Hail Mary will star Minnie Driver.

Hallelujah adds Frances O’Connor, who is not, as I originally thought, Frances Conroy. Alas.

Hound Dogs adds Laura Bell Bundy.

I Hate My Teenage Daughter adds Katie Finneran. I hate the title of this show, but I like Katie Finneran, so we’ll see.

Iceland, which does not seem to be about Iceland, will star Kerry Bishe.

Little in Common adds Kevin Hart.

Lovelives will star Ryan Hansen, and I’ll have to watch it, as I do any show with Veronica Mars alums.

Man Up will star Dan Fogler, and adds Henry Simmons.

A Mann’s World (known to Vampire Diaries fans as “that new show with Taylor Kinney”) will star Don Johnson.

Missing will star Ashley Judd.

My Freakin’ Family, which I’m already confusing with Smothered, adds Harish Patel.

Other People’s Kids adds Malcolm Barrett, Bonnie Somerville, Johnny Sneed.

Partners adds Frances Fischer as the mother of the secret sisters.

Playboy adds David Krumholtz.

Poe adds Leslie Odom, Jr. but he won’t be Poe either, and let’s be honest: that’s the only casting we really care about here.

REM will star Jason Isaacs, so now I’m even more intrigued.

Rookies adds Adam Goldberg, and I’m already doing double-takes at headlines to check if they’re about Rookies or Rookie Blue. Sigh.

Single Ladies adds Kassandra Clementi.

Smash adds Raza Jeffrey and Christian Borle.

Smothered casts Julie White.

Suburgatory adds Alan Tudyk. Wash!!!

Touch will in fact star Kiefer Sutherland, as had been rumored.

Work It adds Amaury Nolasco.

Whitney Cummings’s untitled comedy casts Chris D’Elia and Beverly D’Angelo.

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