July 23, 2012
ABC has added Jennifer Jason Leigh to the cast of "Revenge" in a recurring role as the mother of Emily Thorne. Her most recent TV role was on Showtime's "Weeds."
ABC has cast Camilla Luddington in "Grey's Anatomy," playing a young doctor in a recurring role that could turn into a regular part. Luddington also appears in this season of HBO's 'True Blood."
Actress Golden Brooks has joined the cast of CW's "Hart of Dixie" for its upcoming second season, playing a new friend of Rachel Bilson's character in a recurring role. Brooks is no stranger to the CW–she previously appeared on the network's "Girlfriends."
Grace Phipps has joined the cast of CW's "The Vampire Diaries," making her first appearance on the second episode of the show's upcoming season. Phipps previously appeared on ABC Family's "The Nine Lives of Chloe King."
Just hours after actor Fred Willard was arrested last week on suspicion of a lewd public act in an adult theater, PBS fired the actor from his gig as narrator of the new show "Market Warriors." The firing has drawn some criticism, even prompting a Twitter hashtag of #FreeFred. During PBS's presentation on the Television Critics Association summer tour, PBS president Paula Kerger addressed the situation. "It’s a new series, and our concern really is that his circumstance would become a distraction to the series, which we’re hoping will have an ongoing presence on public television," she told critics. Mark Walberg, host of "Antiques Roadshow," has taken over as narrator of the show.
The new NBC sitcom "The New Normal," about a gay couple who have a child via surrogate, has upset an anti-gay group of women who previously made headlines by objecting to lesbian J.C. Penney spokeswoman Ellen DeGeneres. Now One Million Moms is calling for a boycott of the "Normal," created by "Glee's" Ryan Murphy, saying it is "using public airwaves to continue to subject families to the decay of morals and values, and the sanctity of marriage in attempting to redefine marriage." NBC has not commented on the boycott, announced last week.
John Boone, co-founder of the Charlotte agency BooneOakley, is leaving the company to begin his own creative consultancy called Guns & Kittens. Before he co-founded BooneOakley in 2000 with David Oakley, Boone ran a Charlotte satellite office for The Martin Agency.
Energy BBDO has named Leon Wilson senior vice president and group creative director, working on the agency's Wrigley account. Wilson was previously a group creative director at Fallon in Minneapolis.
Newsweek/Daily Beast has hired Dan Gross, naming him global finance editor. Gross joins from Yahoo, where he was a business columnist.
Bloomberg Businessweek has made three additions, naming Jeff Muskus associate editor for news, Nick Summers finance correspondent and Sam Grobart senior tech correspondent. Muskus joins from The Huffington Post, Summers from Newsweek and Grobart from The New York Times.
The Los Angeles Times has named Cindy Chang an immigration and ethnic affairs reporter, beginning in September. Chang will join the paper from The New Orleans Times-Picayune, where she had been a city reporter.
Kile Glover, the son of Bounce TV president Ryan Glover and stepson of the singer Usher, died of heart failure on Saturday at age 11. Glover had been hospitalized since July 6, when he was struck by a jet ski while riding on an inner tube being pulled by a boat.
Laurent Boissel has been promoted to chief financial and operating officer a Zodiak Media, which consists of more than 45 production companies for TV, radio, new media and movies. Boissel had been chief financial officer.
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