'Twisted' star to play 'Tut' for Spike TV; 'CSI: Cyber' casts Peter MacNicol

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- Peter MacNicol is joining the latest "CSI" spinoff, "CSI: Cyber," as a series regular. He'll play Assistant Director Stavros Sifter, the FBI supervisor of Patricia Arquette's Special Agent Avery Ryan at the Cyber Crime Division. Sifter is the expert networker who acts as the liaison between the cyber division and the rest of the government. [ TVLine]

- Spike TV has found the title star for its miniseries "Tut." Avan Jogia ("Twisted," "Victorious") will play Egyptian pharaoh King Tutankhamun on the show, which begins production in the fall and is set to air in 2015. Jogia will star opposite Ben Kingsley, who plays Tut's powerful, influential grand vizier, Ay.

- ABC's forthcoming soap "Members Only" has added Natalie Zea to the 12-episode season as a well-educated, put-together member of the founding family of a Connecticut country club. The drama will focus on the "upstairs/downstairs" drama at the club, and also stars Betsy Brandt, Boris Kodjoe, Michael Landes and Luke Mitchell. It's scheduled to premiere in 2015. [ Deadline]

- The upcoming fourth season of "Girls" has added another familiar face: Director and sometime actor Spike Jonze, who will reportedly play a character named Marcos in a role that is being kept under wraps. [ TVLine]

- The Golden Globes will now call TV miniseries and anthologies like "American Horror Story" "limited series." The Hollywood Foreign Press Association tweaked eligibility rules for the 2015 awards to define a limited series as one that "must tell a complete, non-recurring story." That means a show like HBO's "True Detective," which is nominated for best drama series at the Emmys, will have to enter as a limited series for the Globes.

- "Breaking Bad" star Betsy Brandt will return to "Parenthood" for the show's sixth and final season as the estranged wife of Ray Romano's Hank. The actress will recur as Sandy, mother of Hank's daughter, Ruby, beginning in the show's Sept. 25 premiere. [ TVLine]

- NBC has renewed "Welcome to Sweden," starring Greg Poehler, for a second season. The network has ordered 10 more episodes of the series, produced by Entertainment One, TV4, FLX and Syskon. It has already been picked up for a second season in Sweden. [ THR]

- "The Soul Man" is coming back for a Season 4. The TV Land multi-camera comedy will return in 2015 with a 12-episode season. That's up from the eight episodes it had in Season 3, and matches its original 12-episode Season 1 order. [ Deadline]

- TBS's comedy series "Ground Floor" is bringing a stand-up comic in for Season 2. Emily Heller will have a recurring role as Jenny's (Briga Heelan) hometown friend Lindsay, a genius who is "completely awkward socially and rough around the edges." "Ground Floor" premieres its 10-episode Season 2 in November. [ TVLine]

- Syfy and director Wolfgang Petersen ("The Perfect Storm") are teaming up to develop "Ghost Brigades," a series based on author John Scalzi's "Old Man's War" novels. The show centers on a 75-year-old man who enlists in a defense force for interplanetary colonists from Earth, with his consciousness transferred to a younger, enhanced body. Producer Scott Stuber ("Ted," "Safe House") is developing the project with Petersen.


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