Michael Rispol has landed the male lead opposite Kristy Alley in the networks multi-camera comedy pilot THE MANZANIS. Robert Costanzo has also joined the series. The project is written by Marco Pennette and Dave Flebotte, and centers on an Italian/American family who move into a new neighborhood in New Jersey and clash with their new “WASP” neighbors.
THE GAME has tapped “Sons of Anarchy” thesp Rockman Dunbar for a major arch in the series. Dunbar will reprise the role of Pookie, a character he played back in a 2009 episode.
Michelle Trachtenberg is returning to GOSSIP GIRL, executive producer Josh Safran confirmed the news. She will reprise her role as Georgina Sparks. Her character was last seen during the season four finale.
Vampire drama and hit phenomenon TRUE BLOOD has cast British actress Lucy Griffiths for the show’s fifth season. She is set to play Nora, the centuries-old vampire “sister” of Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) who is working as a double agent within the Vampire Authority.