Caffeine – June 12th Edition

Happy Sunday! After a few relatively quiet post-upfront news weeks, we have a full helping of TV news for you today, so let’s dig in …

Doctor Who has been renewed. With more Matt Smith.

MTV has canceled Skins.

NBC is finally going to air Friends with Benefits. It will premiere on August 5.

Laurence Fishburne is leaving CSI.

HBO is making a new version of I, Claudius. It’s not clear whether this will be a regular series or miniseries, but I’m excited regardless.

Jennifer Love Hewitt will not be on SVU after all. But Ice-T signed on for more.

I’m sure it shocks you to hear that the new musical show Smash will have soundtrack albums for sale.

The Rob Schneider pilot: still not dead.

TNT has acquired off-network rerun rights to Castle.

Chloe Sevigny will star in a new British series called Hit or Miss; she’ll be playing a transgendered hitman.

More casting news:

90210: Trevor Donovan is leaving (but may return as a guest star).

The Closer adds Curtis Armstrong for a multi-episode arc. And Mark Pellegrino will recur.

Covert Affairs: Jaimie Alexander will recur.

Dexter adds Molly Parker as the sister of Colin Hanks’s character.

Drop Dead Diva adds Brandy for a few episodes.

The Firm makes it official with Josh Lucas.

Harry’s Law: Brittany Snow and Aml Ameen are out.

House of Cards is talking to Robin Wright about a starring role.

Magic City adds Kelly Lynch, Seymour Cassel, and Danny Huston.

Touch adds Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Mazouz, and Danny Glover in starring roles.

Warehouse 13 casts Kate Mulgrew for an arc.

Guest stars!

Covert Affairs: Peter Stormare.

Happily Divorced: Ian Ziering.

Haven: Cristian de la Fuente.

Psych: William Shatner.

Royal Pains: Julie Benz.

Warehouse 13: Jeri Ryan, Sasha Roiz, Alessandra Torresani, Rene Auberjonois, Lindsay Wagner.

White Collar: Madchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook, Robert John Burke.

Doctor Who Photo Courtesy of BBC America

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