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NEWS ROUNDUP: Jennifer Hudson SMASH Preview, Daniel Sunjata Joins Cast; Plus, DOCTOR WHO Movie, Aubrey Dollar, Kelly Ripa

Daniel Sunjata joins SMASH
Sunjata is joining the NBC musical drama’s second season in a recurring role playing Messing’s love interest. NBC is holding Smash until midseason as it polishes up some creative aspects of the series under new showrunner Josh Safran.

SMASH First Look: Jennifer Hudson Schools Katharine McPhee (Video)
Jennier Hudson, an Oscar winner for Dreamgirls, will play Veronica Moore, a Tony-winning Broadway star who impacts the lives of Karen (Katharine McPhee) and Ivy (Megan Hilty) in a multiple-episode role.

At about the 20-second mark in a new commercial debuted Wednesday during NBC's Olympics coverage, Hudson offers McPhee's Karen some wise words of wisdom: "Someone's always waiting to take you down, honey."

Watch it below:


No Decision On Nicollette Sheridan’s Retrial Request After Hearing
At a hearing today, a three-judge Court of Appeal panel consisting of Norman Epstein, Thomas Willhite Jr and Nora Manella heard arguments from Sheridan’s and ABC’s lawyers. At the end of the arguments the judges said that they will take the matter of a retrial and the submitted briefs from the lawyers under consideration. A decision could take up to three months or more, rendering the previously set Sept. 10 start date for a retrial void.

DOCTOR WHO: BBC announces 50th anniversary TV movie
The BBC has announced it will mark the 50th anniversary of DOCTOR WHO with a one-off TV movie detailing the real-life origins of the science fiction show, which was first broadcast on Nov. 23, 1963.

The film will be penned by regular DOCTOR WHO writer Mark Gatiss. “I’ve wanted to tell this story for more years than I can remember!” Gatiss said.

GUIDING LIGHT alum Aubrey Dollar joins 666 PARK AVE
Dollar will play the recurring role of Annie, an obituary writer who yearns to be a real journalist. She'll first pop up in episode four.

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL Casting New Role
B&B has put out a casting call for a new, hot guy. The description reads: "Male. Caucasian. 25-28 years old. Heart throb. Very Masculine. Edgy. Not afraid to get the job done. Bit of a cad. CONTRACT ROLE."

THE WALKING DEAD Creator Hit With Second Lawsuit Claiming Co-Ownership
Comic book writer Robert Kirkman is being attacked on a new front in litigation over AMC's hit zombie series THE WALKING DEAD. In February, Kirkman was sued in California state court by Michael Anthony Moore, a childhood friend and collaborator who claimed to be entitled to as much as half the proceeds from the franchise.

Moore now has followed up on this still-pending case with a new lawsuit, this time filed on Tuesday in federal court, which seeks a declaratory judgment that Moore is a joint author of The Walking Dead and other works. If successful, Moore could create quite a headache for Kirkman and others involved with the show.

D.C. Resident Orders TV on Amazon, Receives Gun Instead
Seth Horvitz, a Northeast D.C. resident, thought he had ordered a new high-definition television a few days ago through Amazon.com from a third-party merchant. When the package arrived yesterday, however, Horvitz opened the oddly shaped box to find a Sig Sauer SIG716, a high-caliber, semi-automatic assault weapon capable of mowing down, well, just about anything. Its manufacturer, Swiss Arms AG, describes it as "the rifle of choice when you require the power of a larger caliber carbine."

Kelly Ripa admits to using Botox 'as much as possible,' asks kids for feedback before getting injections
"I work out every day. I don't overeat. I try to drink water, but I prefer wine, and when all else fails, I get Botox injected right here, right into my forehead as much as possible!" Ripa, 41, told Touch magazine.

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