Shelley Long heads back to 'Modern Family' and more Fall TV casting news

modern-family-shelley.jpgHungry? Here are a few TV snacks to satisfy your midnight craving.

- Shelley Long is returning to "Modern Family" as the ex-wife of Ed O'Neill's Jay Pritchett. "We have a very funny story for her," says EP Steve Levitan in a new interview, hinting that the tension between Jay and his ex will mount now that Gloria is pregnant. [ TV Guide]

- Casey Wilson has a new TV project in the works. Don't worry -- she's not leaving "Happy Endings," but she and BFF/writing partner June Diane Raphael and producer Will Gluck have sold a sitcom to ABC about housewives in the 1950s. Raphael is in talks to star. [ Deadline]

- "Days of Our Lives" Emmy winner Tamara Braun will guest-star on the fifth episode of "Castle" Season 5 as a city councilwoman/bar owner who was seen with a murder victim in the Hamptons. [ THR]

- Zoe Hart is getting some competition on "Hart of Dixie" in the form of "The Newsroom" actress Kelen Coleman. She'll recur as Presley, a pretty tomboy beer distributor whom George falls for after meeting her at the Rammer Jammer. [ TVLine]

- Julia Ormond could have found her first full-time TV role. She's nabbed the lead role in Lifetime's "Witches of East End" pilot. In other pilot news, Zac Efron's "Lucky One" leading lady Taylor Schilling will star in "Weeds" creator Jenji Kohan's new Netflix project "Orange is the New Black." She'll play a woman who heads to jail after dating a drug runner. [ Deadline, Deadline]

- Kelly Overton and Jeremy Glazer have booked roles in the upcoming first season of The CW's "Beauty and the Beast." Overton will play an athletic doctoral student named Claire who sparks with medical examiner Evan (Max Brown) after meeting him online. Glazer will play a med student whose fiancee goes missing. [ TV Guide]

- David Harbour will play an ally of Jonny Lee Miller's Sherlock on CBS' drama "Elementary." His Dr. Mason Baldwin is a brilliant surgeon who comes in handy when Sherlock investigates a murder in the hospital. Meanwhile, as far as continuing shows are concerned, Mike Schur has confirmed that he'll reprise his role as Dwight Schrute's cousin, Mose, on the upcoming Schrute-centric "Office" spinoff "The Farm." [ TVLine, TVLine]
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