Viola Davis meets 'Tara,' 'Crash' revamps ensemble

Violadavis_goldenglobes09_290 Oscar nominee Viola Davis will join Showtime's "United States of Tara" next season, and the Starz show "Crash" has added Eric Roberts and several other actors to its cast.

Davis, nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar this year for "Doubt," will appear in seven episodes of "Tara's" second season. She'll be playing a character named Lynda Dozier, an artist who, the network says, "plays a significant role" in the lives of Tara (Toni Collette) and her daughter, Kate (Brie Larson).

In addition to "Doubt," Davis' other recent credits include "State of Play" and "Nights in Rodanthe." On TV, she starred in A&E's "Andromeda Strain" remake last year as well as CBS' Jesse Stone movies and the ABC show "Traveler." She also occasionally pops up on "Law & Order: SVU," most recently last fall.

Season two of "Tara" starts filming in August and will premiere next year.

"Crash," meanwhile, has added six new faces to its ensemble, headed by Roberts ("Heroes," "The Dark Knight") as Seth, a billionaire on a quest to bring pro football back to Los Angeles. Julie Warner ("Nip/Tuck") will play his ambitious right-hand woman.

The other newcomers are Dana Ashbrook ("The Kill Point," "Twin Peaks"), Linda Park ("Star Trek: Enterprise"), Tess Harper ("No Country for Old Men") and Jake McLaughlin ("In the Valley of Elah"). Dennis Hopper, Jocko Sims, Ross McCall and Moran Atias will reprise their roles.

The second season of "Crash" is scheduled to premiere Sept. 18 on Starz.