'Happy Endings' lassos 'Lone Star's' James Wolk; Dean Cain kills on 'Criminal Minds'

james-wolk-lone-star-fox-zc.jpgThis batch of TV snacks also includes news on "Alcatraz," "Suburgatory" and a popular NPR show coming to TV. Enjoy ...

- Max is getting a new/old boyfriend on "Happy Endings" in the form of James Wolk ("Lone Star"). Wolk will appear in several episodes of the ABC comedy an ex of Max's ( Adam Pally) who is now back in the picture. You'll also see Wolk on Showtime's "Shameless" this season. [ @happywrites/ TVLine]

- One-time TV Superman Dean Cain will play a decidedly less heoric role on "Criminal Minds" later this season. He's been cast as a down-on-his-luck gambler who gets on a hot streak ... after he starts killing people. Cain's episode will air in early 2012. [ Hollywood Reporter]

- FOX's midseason drama "Alcatraz" is shaking things up behind the camera. Co-creator and showrunner Elizabeth Sarnoff ("Lost") has left the show, and Jennifer Johnson ("Lost," "Chase") and Daniel Pyne ("The Manchurian Candidate") have taken her place at the helm of the J.J. Abrams-produced show. "Alcatraz" had previously done reshoots on some episodes and has gone dark for now while its writers work on new scripts. [ Deadline]

- There's about to be a Situation on "Suburgatory." "Jersey Shore" star Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino will play himself on an upcoming episode of the ABC show, in which the Chatswin kids hire him to DJ their sophomore class mixer. [ E! Online]

- BBC America and NPR are teaming up for a televised version of NPR's quiz show "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me." The special, which will look back on the events of 2011, is set to air on BBC America Friday, Dec. 23 and on NPR stations over the Christmas weekend. [ BBC America]

- "Gossip Girl" alum Aaron Tveit has been cast in "White Collar" creator Jeff Eastin's new USA pilot. He'll play a fresh-from-the-academy FBI agent in the untitled show, which centers on a group of undercover officers from several agencies who share a house. [ Deadline]
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