Morning Briefing

CSI: NY replaces actress

CSI: NY has been quick to fill the void left by departing actress Melina Kanakaredes with an announcement today saying Emmy-winning actress Sela Ward will join the cast. Ward’s previous credits include House, Sisters, and Once and Again.

Promotion for Glee actor

Glee’s Mike O’Malley has been promoted to a series regular for the second season after receiving an Emmy nod for ‘Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series’. The actor, who plays Kurt’s dad Burt Hummel in the series, joins Heather Morris (Brittany) and Nay Rivera (Santana) in receiving promotions.

Zefron guests on Robot Chicken special

Zac Efron will join the voice acting team at Robot Chicken for a Star Wars parody special alongside C3PO voice artist Anthony Daniels. The Robot Chicken series, which screens on Adult Swim, is co-created by actor Seth Green.

Oprah TV biopic on the way

A TV biopic centring on daytime star Oprah Winfrey is in the works with producers looking at a two to four hour production. Both known and unknown actresses are said to be intended for auditions to play the TV personality.

Glee’s Brittany to step up

Glee’s planned Britney Spears episode for next season will reportedly feature series regular Brittany (Heather Morris) singing two of the popstar’s tracks. Although the character has played a largely supporting role over the first season, her role will be beefed up for the second run.

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