'Heroes,' 'Trauma' stars meet 'The Mentalist,' Jamie Foxx back on FOX

jack-coleman-getty-320.jpgLots of casting news in this afternoon's TV snacks. Enjoy!

Former "Heroes" star Jack Coleman will match wits with "The Mentalist" this fall. Coleman will play a wealthy murder suspect who catches Jane's ( Simon Baker) attention because of his eerily calm demeanor. [ TV Guide]

Speaking of "The Mentalist," "Trauma" and "Friday Night Lights" veteran Kevin Rankin is also guesting this season as Jane's no-account brother-in-law. He's also booked a guest role on HBO's "Big Love" as the son of polygamists. [ EW/ Hollywood Reporter]

One-time "In Living Color" star Jamie Foxx is involved in a new sketch-comedy show at FOX. He's executive producing a sketch show (working title: "The Jamie Foxx Project") that will star comedian Affion Crockett and debut sometime in the 2010-11 season. [ FOX]

Frances Conroy will guest-star on Season 3 "United States of Tara." The three-time Emmy nominee is playing Max's ( John Corbett) mother, a shut-in who has a "hoarding problem." [ Showtime]

In development news, "Lost" writer-producer Elizabeth Sarnoff and J.J. Abrams are shopping a script called "Alcatraz" to networks, and NBC has bought a pitch from "Battlestar Galactica's" Ron Moore that's described as "an adult Harry Potter." [ Deadline]

Dennis Miller will star in his first HBO special since 2006 this fall. "Dennis Miller: The Big Speech" is scheduled to air Nov. 19. [ HBO]

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