Jason Priestley finds a 'Haven'; 'Real World' 25 debuts to solid ratings

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Jason Priestley is joining Syfy's series "Haven," both in front of and behind the camera. The former "Beverly Hills, 90210" star will guest in four episodes of the show's second season and direct another. Season 2 begins filming in April and will premiere in the summer. [ Syfy]

The 25th edition of "The Real World" got off to a decent start in the ratings. While hardly at "Jersey Shore" levels, the Las Vegas-set season debuted to 1.7 million viewers and led all of TV in its timeslot among MTV's target 12-34 demographic. Both the total viewers and 12-34 rating (1.8) were up significantly over the previous season premiere. [ MTV]

HBO has added several people to the cast of its movie "Hemingway & Gellhorn," about the romance between Ernest Hemingway ( Clive Owen) and war correspondent Martha Gellhorn ( Nicole Kidman). The cast also includes Tony Shalhoub, Molly Parker, David Strathairn, Parker Posey, Rodrigo Santoro, Santiago Cabrera, Peter Coyote, Lars Ulrich (yes, the Metallica guy) Diane Baker and Saverio Guerra. It's scheduled to premiere next year. [ HBO]

Want a sneak peek at Nickelodeon's new incarnation of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," which premieres in 2012? Here you go. [EW]

Author Salman Rushdie is making the move to TV. He's developing a series for Showtime called called "Next People," which will "dissect different aspects of contemporary American life." Whatever that means. [ Deadline]

Billy Ray Cyrus has rescheduled an appearance on "The View" after cancelling last month in the wake of his "'Hannah Montana' destroyed my family" GQ interview. He's set to appear on the show Friday, March 18. [ New York Post]
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