By Benjamin Wright | The Playlist March 21, 2012 at 11:18AM
There are many happenings in the world of television as of late, with familiar faces returning to some of your favorite shows, while new talents are cast in hopes that they’ll be memorable additions.
Much in the way George Clooney did with “ER,” actress Olivia Wilde will be returning for the series finale of “House,” the show that helped propel her to the heights of blockbuster stardom that has already seen her appear in films like “Tron: Legacy” and “Cowboy & Aliens.” Only, the thing is her character Thirteen was dispatched from her duties at Princeton-Plainsboro Hospital by Hugh Laurie’s Dr. House after it was revealed that she was terminally ill with Huntington’s Disease, so will her character really be saying goodbye to the cranky medical mastermind? Sources seem to be keeping quiet with regards to how writers will work her into the show, but we’re guessing it's going be a pretty emotional night for fans of the show, as Fox is also set to air a 1-hour long retrospective before the series’ finale on May 21st.
Though as the Bryan Singer-produced “House” ends its run on Fox, another one of the television wunderkind's series is set to start production at NBC in the form of “Mockingbird Lane,” that newly-titled reboot of “The Munsters” we told you about a while back. Now the show has made its first casting decision for the pilot, which will be helmed by Singer and written by “Pushing Daisies” whiz Bryan Fuller: Eddie Izzard will be filling the iconic Al Lewis role of Grandpa Munster. For those who aren’t a part of “The Munsters” cult following or over 40 years old, Grandpa was an ancient vampire heartthrob, with a sharp sense of humor and a knack for shape shifting into most anything. We have to admit, this is pretty inspired casting, and it feels like a step in the right direction for the series. Apparently Izzard was approached a while back, but had commitments to another series. Thankfully for producers, NBC allowed them a little more time to tinker with the show's visuals and settings. Now we’re eager to see what sort of tone the series will go for, since “The Munsters” was basically a familial sitcom with monsters, as well as to see who else is cast.
Though whoever is cast as the youngest “Munster” Eddie, a harmless little werewolf with serious self esteem issues, will surely be more terrifying than this next choice. It looks as if “Moves Like Jagger” performer and “The Voice” judge Adam Levine may be joining the Ryan Murphy-produced nutty genre show “An American Horror Story” in the series’ upcoming season. The FX series will return in the fall with cast members Jessica Lange, Zachary Quinto, Evan Peters and Sarah Paulson, who will all be returning, but will play different characters than the ones they’ve become known for. Yeah, we don’t get it either. If Maroon 5 singer Levine joins the cast, he will be an all-new character playing half of a couple called “The Lovers.” Spooky? We’ll have to wait and see come fall when 'Horror Story' returns to FX.
Finally, the Eli Roth-produced horror series "Hemlock Grove" is beginning to cast up with model/actress Famke Janssen and Bill Skarsgard set to star. Based on the novel by Brian McGreevy, the show starts with the body of a young girl, mangled and murdered in the shadow of the former Godfrey steel mill. Some suspect an escapee from the White Tower, a biotech facility owned by the former steel magnates. Others believe the killer could be Peter, a 17-year-old Gypsy kid from the wrong side of the tracks, who tells his classmates he’s a werewolf. Or it could be Roman (Skarsgard), the arrogant Godfrey scion, whose sister Shelley is disturbingly deformed and whose mother, Olivia (Janssen), is the otherworldly beauty and controlling grand dame of Hemlock Grove. So, wait...is this just "The Killing" all over again? Guess we'll find out when the series airs on Netflix next year. Roth will direct the pilot and executive produce the show. [E!/Deadline/NY Daily News/Deadline]