TV news and notes:
– “The Price is Right” alum Bob Barker is returning to television in “The Bold and the Beautiful.” CBS reveals he’ll guest star in an episode airing on Aug. 28 at 1:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. PT. This will be Barker’s third appearance on the show, the first of which was in 2002. Barker’s appearance will pay homage to his “Happy Gilmore” role — which means, yes, he will be throwing some punches.
– “iZombie” has recast the role of lead character Olivia’s mom. Nora Dunn has been replaced by Molly Hagan as Eva Moore, a hospital administrator and overbearing mother. “Devious Maids” star Judy Reyes has also been cast in a guest-starring role as an artsy Bohemian who is suspected in her husband’s murder. [Entertainment Weekly]
– BBC America continues to beef up its science fiction lineup, this time with a new show from “Life on Mars” creators Ashley Pharoah and Matthew Graham. The network announced it’s greenlit a six-episode series called “The Living and the Dead.” Set in England in 1888, the series takes place in a world filled with ghosts and demons that is in the middle of a change between ancient ways and a scientific future.
– “Today” anchor Hoda Kotb is heading to “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit”
to play herself for an episode in Season 16. Kotb will appear alongside Ron Rifkin, Brian D’Arcy James and Stevie Lynn Jones. When a Hollywood starlet goes on a downward spiral, Benson and the SVU detectives investigate. [Entertainment Weekly
– HBO’s “Show Me a Hero” has landed Winona Ryder, Alfred Molina and John Bernthal. The miniseries, from “The Wire” co-creator David Simon, follows the mayor of Yonkers, N.Y., as he attempts to build low-income housing units in a city, which causes racial controvery and unrest in the local government. [Deadline
– Syfy has set a premiere date for its new zombie series, “Z Nation.” The show will premiere on Sept. 10 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Syfy. The 13-episode season tells the story of a group looking for a cure for the zombie plague. [Entertainment Weekly
– Shaun and Ed from Edgar Wright’s “Shaun of the Dead” will live again on Disney Channel’s “Phineas and Ferb.”
Simon Pegg announced he and Nick Frost will reprise their characters in the cartoon’s Halloween special, “Night of the Living Pharmacist.” The episode follows evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz after he gets hit by a curse that turns everyone he touches into his clone. [Twitter
– ABC’s “Members Only” has added Rebecca Forsythe as Eve, a smart and privileged (yet sensible) teen both into a wealthy family. The midseason drama explores the dynamics between the working-class employees and wealthy patrons of an exclusive East Coast country club. [Deadline]
– “Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage and “Orange Is The New Black” lead Taylor Schilling are joining forces for a new production of Ivan Turgenev’s “A Month in the Country.” Dinklage’s wife Erica Schmidt is directing the Off-Broadway play. Performances will run from Jan. 9 to Feb. 15 at Classic Stage Company.
– “The Exanse,” a 10-episode Syfy series, has cast Shohreh Aghdashloo (“24”) as the member of a powerful influential family who has risen to power in Earth’s government, 200 years in the future. The show stars Thomas Jane as a detective who works with a ship captain to travel the solar system and uncover a great conspiracy. [TV Line
– Brian Huskey has joined “Selfie” as a lab technician who has an unrequited affection for Henry (John Cho), the Higgins to Karen Gillan’s Eliza Doolittle character in this modern-day twist on the “Pygmalion”/”My Fair Lady” story. [Deadline]
– It’s a “Twisted” reunion in Spike TV’s “Tut” miniseries: Kylie Bunbury joins her ABC Family costar, who plays the titular Egyptian ruler, in the project, which chronicles the life of King Tutankhaman. “Tyrant’ actress Sibylla Deen will play Anke, Tut’s sister and wife, while Bunbury plays Suhad. [Deadline]
– “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” star Peter Gadiot has also joined the cast of “Tut.” He plays a confidant of King Tutankhamun, who happens to be in love with his wife. [TV Line
– DiNozzo could be getting a new love interest on “NCIS” in the form of Stephanie Jacobsen, the star of The CW’s “Melrose Place” reboot who has turned up on “Star-Crossed” and “Revenge” in recent years. The potentially recurring role sees Jacobsen as a sexy, confident FBI special agent who partners with Tony on a case. She’ll make her debut in an October episode. [Entertainment Weekly]
– Another network is picking up a series set in Silicon Valley, Calif., but this time it won’t be a technology-centric series. CBS bought a medical drama from “Parenthood’s” Jason Katims and Sarah Watson as a put pilot. She will write the pilot for the show, which is “set at a high-tech Silicon Valley hospital with a cutting-edge approach to medicine.” [Deadline
– The Paley Center’s annual gala on Nov. 12 is going to honor the role television has played on LGBT equality. Additionally, an expanded LGBT media collection will chronicle the history of LGBT images in the medium. Though the event is officially by invitation, very limited tickets are available for those who would like to join the Paley Center community of supporters.