TV news and notes:
– Jackie & Kelso 4-EVA! Mila Kunis will guest-star on an upcoming episode of CBS’ “Two and a Half Men” opposite her former “That ’70s Show” co-star (and real-life fiance) Ashton Kutcher. She’ll play Vivian, a “beautiful, free-spirited world traveler who shows up on Walden’s doorstep. Walden feels an instant connection with her, convinced she’s ‘the one.'” Tough timing, as he’s about to propose to someone else. There’s no word on an airdate yet.
– The first post-Oscars edition of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” scored the syndicated talk show’s highest ratings in the series’ 11-year history, with a 4.8 rating/11 household share. The episode was shot live after DeGeneres hosted the 86th Academy Awards, and aired the following day (Monday, March 3).
– Matthew Perry will detour from his new series project, CBS’ “Odd
Couple” remake, for a one-off performance on British TV. He’ll star in
“The Dog Thrower,” an installment of Sky Arts’ “Playhouse Presents”
series, as “a man who finds fame, then infamy, when he starts throwing
his pet dog.” The series debuts in May. [Radio Times]
– USA has picked up a new drama series starring Matt Passmore (“The
Glades”). The untitled show from writer-producer Sean Jablonski
(“Suits,” “Nip/Tuck”) stars Passmore as an investment banker who
discovers his wife (Stephanie Szostak) is seeing an escort; the couple
then tries to decide if their marriage is worth saving.
– USA’s “Graceland” has added “True Blood” actress Jamie Gray Hyder to the cast for Season 2. Hyder will recur as the “sexy and formidable” Lucia Solano, the sister of cartel honcho Carlito, who is trying to live a normal life and attend grad school while her brother runs the cartel. [The Hollywood Reporter]
– Take a look at the poster for HBO’s new comedy “Silicon Valley.” The
show is about programmers aspiring to be the next Steve Jobs, and the
former Apple CEO is clearly the inspiration for the art. “Silcon Valley”
premieres April 6.
– FOX Sports has tapped former major league player Harold Reynolds and Sports Illustrated baseball writer Tom Verducci will serve as “MLB on FOX” analysts alongside play-by-play man Joe Buck. Reynolds and Verducci, who have called games for the MLB Network and TBS in recent years, take over for the retired Tim McCarver.