[06/26/09 - 06:29 PM] Development Update: Friday, June 26 By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)
LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:
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GOSSIP GIRL (The CW) - Former "Privileged" star Joanna Garcia has booked a recurring role on the series. She'll play Bree Buckley, "an evil Miss America-type blonde from a conservative Southern family but is politically progressive." It's believed her role is designed as a love interest for one of the regulars. No other details were released.
LEVERAGE (TNT) - "Shark" alum Jeri Ryan is set to recur on the show's sophomore season. She'll play Tara, "a smart-ass, street-wise con woman whom Sophie (Gina Bellman) calls on for help and who gets sucked into the Leverage family." It's not clear when her first episode will air. "Leverage" returns for its second season on Wednesday, July 15 at 9:00/8:00c.
LOST (ABC) - Michael Ausiello of Entertainment Weekly reports, via his Twitter account, that the Alphabet has extended the show's final season to 18 hours. The extra hour is designed to accommodate a two-hour season premiere and a two-hour series finale.
SUPERNATURAL (The CW) - Entertainment Weekly reports Mark Pellegrino has been tapped as Lucifer for the show's upcoming fifth season. It's understood he'll turn up in the show's September 10 premiere and recur going forward. No other details were given.