'Law & Order: SVU' welcomes back B.D. Wong; 'CSI' alum heads to 'Glee'
- A familiar face is returning to "Law & Order: SVU" this season. B.D. Wong, who played psychiatrist Dr. George Huang for nine seasons, is returning for the penultimate episode of Season 15, when Huang is brought on as a consultant to evaluate and testify about a suspect who's on trial for attempted kidnapping and the rape of a child. Wong left "SVU" after Season 12 but has appeared as a guest star twice since. [ TV Guide]
- Former "CSI" star Gary Dourdan has booked a pair of guest roles. He'll appear on an upcoming episode of "Glee" as a record producer who works with Mercedes (Naya Rivera). Dourdan will also recur on BET's "Being Mary Jane" as a successful but somewhat reclusive lawyer whom Mary Jane (Gabrielle Union) pursues for an interview. [ Deadline]
- Season 4 of "Awkward" debuted to 1.6 million viewers on MTV Tuesday (April 15), in line with the show's Season 3b premiere last year but below the 2.1 million who watched the Season 3 opener last spring. It was the night's top cable show among MTV's core teen and young-adult audience.
- V.C. Andrews' novel "Daughters of Darkness" is being adapted for TV. The tale of teenage vampire Lorelei and her sisters, who have been trained by their father to use their powers of seduction and never fall in love -- but (spoiler alert) Lorelei falls for a human boy at school -- is being adapted by Canada's EVOS Media and MarVista Entertainment. The two companies have also optioned two books by Alisa Valdes ("The Dirty Girls Social Club" and "The Three Kings: A Christmas Dating Story") plus Louisa May Alcott's ("Little Women") gothic romance "A Long Fatal Love Chase." [ The Wrap]
- "Banshee" has promoted two actors to series regulars for its upcoming third season. Geno Segers, who plays bad guy Chayton Littlestone, and Afton Williamson, who plays assistant district attorney Alison Medding, have been promoted from recurring guest stars to series regulars for Season 3, which will premiere in early 2015. [ TV Line]
- A&E has picked up a true-crime series called "D.O.A." from "Law & Order" creator Dick Wolf, The show features several veteran homicide detectives re-examining controversial murder cases. The twist is that they have no prior knowledge of the cases and will work from a re-created crime scene; their conclusions will then be compared to those from the original case.
- Comedy legend Don Rickles will be the subject of a tribute special on Spike TV in May. "One Night Only: An All-Star Comedy Tribute to Don Rickles" will feature Jerry Seinfeld, David Letterman, Jon Stewart, Martin Scorsese and others paying homage to Rickles' long career. It's scheduled to air May 28.