Anderson Cooper to interview Gerard Depardieu; 'The Office' makes a friend for Pam

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anderson-cooper-cnn-heroes-gi-320.jpgStart your weekend with a buffet of bite-sized TV news:

- Anderson Cooper will try to restrain himself from a giggling fit next week when he interviews actor Gerard Depardieu on his new daytime show "Anderson." The interview is scheduled to air Tuesday (Sept. 13); we're curious to see how Depardieu reacts as well. [ EW]

- Pam ( Jenna Fischer) is getting a buddy on "The Office." The show has cast Lindsey Broad ("'Til Death") as a character named Kathy, a friend of Pam's from outside the Dunder Mifflin-verse. She'll appear in one episode this fall and has the potential to become a recurring character. [ TVLine]

- Reba McEntire could be headed back to television with a comedy pilot set up at ABC. She'll star in and executive produce a project called "Malibu Country," about a long-married woman who divorces her cheating, spendthrift musician husband and moves the family to their sole reamining asset, a small house in Malibu. Several of the producers behind her last show, "Reba," are also involved. [ Deadline]

- Laura Innes ("ER," "The Event") has landed a recurring role on NBC's midseason drama "Awake." She'll play the parallel-world-hopping Detective Michael Britten's ( Jason Isaacs) boss on the police force; whether she appears in one or both of the post-trauma realities Michael experiences remains to be seen. Innes may also direct a couple episodes of the series. [ TVLine]

- Lifetime has canceled its rookie series "The Protector," which starred Ally Walker as a homicide detective/single mother. The show pulled in only modest ratings during its summer run. [ Deadline]
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