Looks like everyone's renewing their contracts this month.
Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Joanne Froggatt and Brendan Coyle have all officially signed on to reappear in the recently ordered fourth and fifth seasons of Downton Abbey. The rest of the cast is yet to be confirmed.
Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson and Lily Rabe have signed on to join Zachary Quinto and Jessica Lange for the second season of American Horror Story. Since a good portion of the cast is coming back from a successful first season, Ryan Murphy can't really do much damage, right?
Once Upon A Time hasn't been renewed for a Season 2 yet, but co-creator/ co-showrunner Edward Kitsis has been chatting about changes to the next installment of the ABC fairytale drama, with the inclusion of characters like Ariel from The Little Mermaid. Remember when you used to have get your Disney fix on VHS?
TV may be welcoming back Ozzy Osbourne and his clan to primetime television with the family's new animated series, which will be shopped around to the networks in April. The show, fittingly, will be titled The F'n Osbournes -- how subtle.
Jeff Goldblum has signed on to guest star on Sarah Silverman's NBC comedy pilot Susan 313. After seeing them work so well together in The League, we only have high hopes for the funny duo.
Billy Burke and Rachelle Lefevre have each signed on to new series on NBC and CBS respectively. Burke's drama/thriller pilot follows a group of people struggling to survive and reunite with loved ones after all forms of energy have disappeared from the earth, while Lefevre's pilot centers on a former public defender turned private detective/stay-at-home mom. Both are massive steps up from Twilight, no matter how crappy they turn out to be.
Also in pilot news, Cougar Town's Dan Byrd scored the lead in CBS' untitled Louis CK/Spike Feresten comedy pilot as a struggling but pretentious film editor. The re-runs to this show have IFC written all over it.
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