When the new season starts in the fall, and in the case of "The Game", early next year, there will be several familiar faces missing from our TV screens, as multiple actors will be exiting their respective shows.
- According to TVLine's Michael Ausiello, the fifth and final season of FOX' "Fringe" will have to exist without the presence of Lincoln. Seth Gabel will not be back as a series regular, and, from the looks of it, won't be part in any other way, either, since the bridge to the other universe, where "our" Lincoln now resides, has been permanently closed.
- Per TVLine's Michael Sleazak, "Smash" will return in midseason to NBC for its second season, but there are several actors who won't be part of the show - at least not on a regular basis. Jaime Cepero (Ellis) and Raza Jaffrey (Dev) have been dropped as regulars, and it has yet to be decided if they will return to wrap up their characters' storylines. Additionally, series regular Brian D’Arcy James (Frank, Julia's "(Debra Messing) husband), and recurring actor Will Chase (Michael Swift) are leaving in season 2 as well.
But the show is in the process of adding three new regular characters to the new season, which have yet to be cast.
- And then there's "The Game", who has been renewed for a sixth season on BET, which will suffer quite the loss next year. As the network has announced, leading couple Tia Mowry Hardrict and Pooch Hall, whose Melanie and Dervin are at the center of the comedy, won't be returning.
“As a result of Pooch’s involvement on a new project [which is Showtime's "Ray Donovan"], BET is in the process of reworking the casting and storyline of the show. While we will miss the incredible adventures of Melanie and Derwin on The Game, we appreciate all of their hard work, the laughs and wish them both the best on their future endeavors," BET said in a statement. The network brass hopes that both actors are game for guest appearances.