Claire Danes stars in Showtime's 'Homeland'; 'Damages' gets summer date on DirecTV

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Claire Danes is returning to series TV with Showtime's pilot "Homeland," where she'll play a CIA officer investigating the mysterious return of a U.S. soldier after seven years in Iraq. It would be her first series since "My So-Called Life" in the mid-'90s; she won an Emmy this year for HBO's movie "Temple Grandin." [Showtime]

"Damages" will begin its fourth season in the summer -- although there's no exact premiere date yet -- at its new home on DirecTV. The first three seasons will start running on the satellite service on Jan. 5. [DirecTV]

With the American Music Awards right around the corner on Sunday, Nov. 21, dick clark productions has announced their last wave of performers that include The Black Eyed Peas, Train and Enrique Iglesias with Pitbull. Previously announced acts: Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Diddy-Dirty Money, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Usher, Ne-Yo, P!nk, Ke$ha, Christina Aguilera, Bon Jovi, the Backstreet Boys, New Kids on the Block, Carlos Santana, Kid Rock and Gavin Rossdale. [ABC]

Jennifer Esposito has been made a series regular on CBS' drama "Blue Bloods." She's already appeared in a few episodes as Detective Jackie Curatola, Danny's (Donnie Wahlberg) partner. [CBS]

Beau Bridges will have a recurring role on "Brothers & Sisters" later this season. He's set to appear in at least five episodes of the ABC show as a love interest for Sally Field's Nora. [Deadline]

Hear that? That's the sound of "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" over on FOX. Trace Adkins will be pulling double duty on the first ever American Country Awards on Dec. 6 as both host and performer. Also, new names joining the performers list include Easton Corbin, Steel Magnolia and Uncle Kracker. [ACAs]

A slew of pilot casting in the ABC, er, family. First, Angela Bassett has signed on as NYC's first female commissioner for ABC's drama "One Police Plaza." Over on sister network ABC Family, Brenda Hampton's ("Secret Life") new project has cast "Twilight's" Christian Serratos, "Big Time Rush's" Katelyn Tarver, "Juno's" Valerie Tian and "Lie to Me's" Ana Lucasey as four "ethnically diverse" teens at a California private school. Brad Rowe joins them. Finally, the network has also tapped Raven Symone for the multi-camera comedy "The Great State of Georgia" about a wannabe performer from the South trying to make it in NYC. Brock Cuchna plays her ex-boyfriend. [Deadline]

Forget about focusing on rich and fabulous housewives. VH1 is going criminal ... sorta. The network has picked up 10 episodes of The Weinstein Co. and Ben Silverman's "Mob Wives," which predictably centers on the female family members who are picking up the pieces of their lives after their husbands ro fathers get sent to the clink for mob-related activities. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Marathons galore on Syfy, including a "Ghost Hunters" one Nov. 24 8 a.m.-8 p.m., a "Hollywood Treasure" one 8 p.m.-11p.m. and then a James Bond 43-hour extravaganza kicking off at 11 p.m. ET going through Thanksgiving Day; Bonus: Dino Night on Nov. 27.  [Syfy]

MTV's half-hour teen comedy pilot "Patito Feo" has cast Hayley Erin (Abby Carlton from "The Young and the Restless") as "Josie." The show is a telenovela adaptation that centers on Mexican teen (Benita Robledo) who transfers to the U.S. [THR]

"Friday Night Lights" and "Lone Star" alum Adrianne Palicki will guest-star on "Criminal Minds." In the episode, which pays homage to "Natural Born Killers," Palicki will play Syd,  Palicki will play Syd, "a tough, irreverent and sexually manipulative lunatic" who goes on a cross country killing spree with her husband Ray. [Deadline]

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