'Buffy's' Michelle Trachtenberg heads to CBS; 'Avengers 2' sneak peek in ABC Marvel special

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- "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Gossip Girl" alum Michelle Trachtenberg has joined the CBS comedy pilot "Save the Date." She plays the no-nonsense sister of the lead character (Maggie Lawson), who drunkenly declares she's getting married and then races to make it actually happen. Julie White ("Go On") will play the sisters' mom.

- Marvel fans will get their first peek at "Avengers: Age of Ultron" during "Marvel Studios: Assembling A Universe," a primetime special on ABC. The special will go behind-the-scenes on Marvel movies, as well as "Agents of SHIELD." In addition to the sneak peek at "Age of Ulton," there will also be clips from "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," "Guardians of the Galaxy" and future episodes of "Agents of SHIELD." "Marvel Studios: Assembling A Universe" airs Tuesday, March 18 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

- CBS' "How I Met Your Mother" spinoff "How I Met Your Dad" has found its second cast member in UCB performer Drew Tarver. He'll play Todd, lead character Sally's (Greta Gerwig) close friend and brother-in-law, who welcomes her into his apartment when Sally's marriage falls apart. He stands in contrast to his husband, Danny, Sally's Type-A brother who's not so happy to be taking her in. [ Deadline]

- HBO has set a premiere date for its movie "The Normal Heart," about the early days of the AIDS epidemic in New York. The star-studded, Ryan Murphy-directed film will premiere May 25 -- just under the wire for Emmy consideration for the fall.

- Michael Rosenbaum ("Smallville") and Tommy Dewey will star opposite Krysten Ritter in NBC's pilot "Mission Control." The "Anchorman"-in-the-1960s-space-program comedy, which counts Will Ferrell as an executive producer, centers on an astronaut (Dewey) and a woman (Ritter) who come into conflict. Rosenbaum will play one of Dewey's fellow flyboys.

- Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele of "Key and Peele" (the guys behind Obama's anger translator) will recur as FBI agents on FX's upcoming "Fargo." Playing Webb Pepper (Peele) and Bill Budge (Key), the comedians' characters are obsessed with finding hitman Lorne Malvo ( Billy Bob Thornton). Their four-episode arc comes at the end of the first season (debuting April 15).

- Jill Hennessy is guest starring on "The Good Wife" on March 16. She will play power lawyer Rayna Hecht in the Season 5 episode "A Few Words." Its synopsis reads: "When Alicia is asked to be the keynote speaker at the American Bar Association conference in New York City, she looks to her past for inspiration. Meanwhile, the competition with Diane and Will continues as Alicia and Cary battle to align with a powerful New York lawyer [Hennessy]. Also, Will turns to an old acquaintance when it becomes clear that Nelson Dubeck's investigation into possible voter fraud isn't going away."

- Gabrielle Union's BET series "Being Mary Jane" has been renewed for a second season. The two-hour finale of BET's first scripted series brought series-high ratings for its season finale on Tuesday (Feb. 25). The series stars Union as a TV news personality with a troubled love and family life.

- BBC America has greenlit a new reality TV series called "Mud, Sweat & Gears." British car journalists and real-life friends Tom 'Wookie' Ford and Jonny Smith will host the show and act as rival team captains. They each will create a team featuring two other car enthusiasts, and will use a 24-hour time period to turn ordinary cars into vehicles they can use to compete in stunt challenges

- FOX's 13-episode series "Hieroglyph" has added John Rhys-Davies as a regular. The show is set in ancient Egypt and follows a thief named Ambrose who is pulled from prison to serve the Pharaoh ( Reece Ritchie). Rhys-Davies will play Vocifer, a former mentor to Ambrose.
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