Casting Scoop: Kate Hudson, Sarah Jessica Parker to Guest-Star on ‘Glee’ and More

Sarah Jessica Parker and Kate Hudson will guest-star on the next season of “Glee.”

Parker is going to run, according to an interview with Ian Brennan, the co-creator and executive producer of “Glee,” and

Parker’s character will interact with Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Rachel (Lea Michele). Brennan described Parker’s character as a frazzled, eccentric and hilarious journalist.

Meanwhile, Kate Hudson will guest-star in six-episodes as Cassandra July, Rachel’s dance instructor at NYADA.

Hudson and Parker are not the only actors who will appear on “Glee” next season. Dean Geyer will play Rachel’s classmate, while newcomer Jacob Artist joins “Glee” as Puck’s younger half-brother. “Glee”‘s main cast are expected to return for the new season, but the amount of episodes per actor is yet to be determined. However, Chord Overstreet will be back on “Glee” as a series regular.

The fourth season of “Glee” is set to premiere Thurs., Sept. 13 at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.

More casting news!

“Lost” vet,  Ken Leung and “Justified”‘s Margo Martindale will guest star on CBS’ upcoming season of “Person of Interest.” Martindale willl guest-star as a woman with ties to Finch’s hacker nemesis/kidnapper, Root (Amy Acker0). [TVLine]

Sarah Jones (Alcatraz) has joined ‘Vegas’ as a smart daughter of a powerful Chicago man. Jones was cast as a series regular. [Deadline]

Michael Trucco (Battlestar Galactica) will return to CBS’ comedy, “How I Met Your Mother” as Robin’s “crush” in a multi-episode arc next season. [TVLine]

‘Homeland’ Teaser: Look Again

Carrie  Mathison’s mind is one scary place.

In the teaser below, Carrie stands still as she thinks or perhaps recalls quotes and images from the previous season. Hmm, would she regain her informative memory after her shock treatment therapy?

Related:  ‘Homeland’ Nominated for Nine Primetime Emmys

“Homeland” executive producer Alex Gansa told HuffPost TV that, “Carrie has had, for the first time in her life, the benefit of professional help for her disease. She will have been in the psych ward for awhile. She will have been in the care of a psychiatrist for six months. She will have undergone a series of these ECT therapies. [The treatment we saw in the Season 1 finale] is not just a one-off.”

Related: ‘Homeland’: Season 2 Teaser Stars Damien Lewis.

The second season of “Homeland” picks up six months after the first season finale. “Homeland” hits home Sun., Sept. 30 at 10 p.m. ET on Showtime.

Mariah Carey Joins ‘Idol’


Mariah Carey American Idol

It is official: Mariah Carey is one of the new “American Idol” judges.

After weeks of speculation, Fox announced at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour, today that Mariah Carey has officially signed on as an “Idol” judge for the reality series’ upcoming 12th season.

“As a singer, songwriter and producer, it’s going to be fun and rewarding to help find new talent and give back with “American Idol,” said Mariah Carey in a statement. “I can’t wait to channel my creative energy as a part of this show which is a massive global phenomenon.”

Related: Jennifer Lopez Quits ‘Idol’.

“We are proud to have one of the world’s greatest-ever female singers join our show,” said “American Idol” creator and executive producer Simon Fuller. “Mariah defines the word ‘Idol’ and will inspire every singer that has the honor of performing in front of her.”

Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company calls Mariah Carey “the real deal.” “She has a deep knowledge of music and a career insight that will make her a really amazing asset to our judges’ table and to our contestants.”

Related: Steven Tyler Leaving ‘American Idol’

Carey tweeted “It’s gonna be so much fun working on @AmericanIdol, as a singer-songwriter, I’m excited to help find and nurture new talent.”

Earlier this month, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez left the reality series. Carey will join Randy Jackson, the remaining “Idol” judge in January 2013.

What do you think? Is Carey the right choice for “Idol”? Hit the comments!

TV Scoop: Dean Geyer and Jacob Artist Join ‘Glee,’ ‘MasterChef’ Renewed and More

Dean Geyer

The hit musical series, “Glee” has landed Australian actor, Dean Geyer and Jacob Artist (Blue Lagoon: The Awakening).

TVLine reports, Jacob Artist has joined the series as Puck’s half-brother, Jake. The newcomer is set to debut in the season premiere.

Meanwhile Dean Geyer, has been cast as Rachel’s NYADA classmate. Geyer will play Brody Weston, an upperclassman who likes the new girl (Rachel) on campus. Geyer will also appear in the fourth season premiere on Thurs., Sept. 13.

More TV News!

Adam Baldwin, “Chuck” vet will appear in a three-episodes arc in the upcoming season of “Law & Order: SVU.” The “Firefly” alum will play Capt. Steven Harris, the team’s interim captain. Baldwin will take over Capt. Donald Cragen duties in the first three episodes. [TVGuide]

Related: Paget Brewster to guest-star on ‘Law & Order’

Mindy Kaling will return to “The Office” for a couple of episodes next season. [EW]

Related: Amanda Setton, Stephen Tobolowsky Join ‘The Mindy Project’.

Fox’s “The Mindy Project,” and “Ben and Kate” will be available online before their Tuesday, Sept. 25 premieres. Beginning Monday, Aug. 27, the pilots of each comedy will be online for two weeks.

“MasterChef” has been renewed for a fourth season.

Jack Coleman is joining “Castle.” Coleman, “Heroes” alum will guest-star as “well-liked U.S. senator who finds himself in conflict with Beckett,” TVLine reports.

“New Girl” casts David Walton, Leslie Mann, and Rachael Harris. Walton will play Zooey’s new love interest, while Mann will guest-star in the second season premiere, she will play a “shot girl” and a an event planner for Schmidt’s penis cast party. Lastly, Harris will return to the FOX’s hit comedy series as vice-principal of Jess’s school. [EW]