Aisha Tyler joins Ryan Murphy's 'Open'; 'Last Comic Standing' returns to NBC, again

aisha-tyler-open-gi.jpg Aisha Tyler has joined the cast of Ryan Murphy's HBO pilot "Open," marking a reunion of sorts between actress and producer.

Tyler will play a nurse named Monica in "Open," TVLine reports. The show is billed as an exploration of contemporary relationships and sexuality. Murphy and Lauren Gussis ("Dexter") co-wrote the script.

Though Tyler is best known as a comic actress (and co-host of "The Talk"), she has done a fair amount of dramatic work too, including recurring parts on "CSI" and "24." She has guest-starred on two of Murphy's other shows, "Glee" and "Nip/Tuck."

More TV news and notes:

- NBC is reviving "Last Comic Standing" -- again. This will be the fourth separate iteration of the comedy competition, which last aired in 2010. Wanda Sykes is among the executive producers this time around; it's on track to debut in the summer.

- Brooke Shields has lined up a guest arc on "The Michael J. Fox Show." She'll play a single mother who meets Mike's (Fox) son Ian ( Connor Romero) at a ballroom-dance class -- and starts to fall for him. She's set to appear in three episodes airing in early 2014. [ Hollywood Reporter]

- Tim Robbins and Jack Black will star in a comedy pilot for HBO called "The Brink." The show revolves around three men -- the secretary of state (Robbins), a low-level foreign service officer (Black) and a fighter pilot (not cast yet) -- involved in a political crisis. Roberto Benabib ("Weeds") and his brother Kim Benabib are writing it, and Jay Roach ("Recount," "Game Change") will direct.

- CBS will mark the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" with a two-hour special on Feb. 9, the date of the band's landmark TV debut. The special will include archival footage as well as contemporary artists covering Beatles songs.

- George Lopez has landed a drama pilot at The CW. He's executive producing "Star Crazy," about the rise to fame of a young Latina singer. Bob Brush ("The Wonder Years," "Early Edition") and actress Mel Harris ("thirtysomething") will write the script. [ Hollywood Reporter]

- Somehow it has taken this long for E! to produce a Kardashian holiday special, but one is coming your way Dec. 1. The cable channel will air 90 minutes of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians: A Very Merry Christmas," which includes home movies and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of this year's family Christmas card.
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