Some casting news that fell into my lap:
- Clayne Crawford ("24", "The Glades") is on the verge of landing a major part in HBO's upcoming drama pilot "All Signs Of Death", EW's Michael Ausiello repots today. In the story about a slacker (Ben Wishaw) who becomes a crime scene cleaner and involved in a murder mystery, Crawford plays a sexy greaser running a tattoo parlor.
- TV Guide's Kate Stanhope reports that Corey Stoll ("NCIS", "Salt") has landed the plum part of Rex Winter's (Skeet Ulrich) partner on the upcoming "Law & Order: Los Angeles". He plays Det. Tomas "TJ" Jaruszalski, who is described as "a confident Los Angeles native with a disdain for the entertainment industry and an active social life. He sees the world as a complex place with lots of gray areas, which helps him both get into the heads of criminals and win them over."
- Ellen DeGeneres has announced her departure as judge on "American Idol" yesterday. In a statement, she said "A couple months ago, I let FOX and the AMERICAN IDOL producers know that this didn’t feel like the right fit for me. I told them I wouldn’t leave them in a bind and that I would hold off on doing anything until they were able to figure out where they wanted to take the panel next. It was a difficult decision to make, but my work schedule became more than I bargained for. I also realized this season that while I love discovering, supporting and nurturing young talent, it was hard for me to judge people and sometimes hurt their feelings. I loved the experience working on IDOL and I am very grateful for the year I had. I am a huge fan of the show and will continue to be.”
The look for a replacement is ongoing. Jennifer Lopez is the front-runner for the spot.
- Charles Mesure, who plays Kyle Patrick Hobbes on ABC's alien invasion drama "V", has been upped to a full-fledged series regular for season two, the network has announced.