Marg Helgenberger is coming back to CSI. The actress will reprise her role of Catherine Willows in the show’s 300th episode, scheduled to air October 23rd. Willows will be back to help solve a cold case that has haunted the team for 14 years. Helgenberger left the series in the middle of the show’s 12th season. Season 14 premieres September 25th.
Justified’s Timothy Olyphant will guest star on Fox’s The Mindy Project. He’ll play a professional skateboarder who, “nearly runs Mindy over in Union Square before asking her out on a date.” The new season of The Mindy Project premieres September 17th.
NBC yesterday announced the creation of the Today Book Club. The first edition will be a discussion of The Bone Season, the debut novel of 21-year-old Samantha Shannon, and will take place September 16th. New books will be picked every four to five weeks.
Giuliana & Bill’s Bill Rancic will star in a new reality series titled Training Day, in which the former Apprentice winner will take part in adrenaline-charged training sessions for the country’s most dangerous jobs. So far, no network is attached to the series.
FX has teamed with comedian D.L. Hughley for an autobiographical comedy based on his life. He’ll play an unapologetically honest family man and radio host. In real life, Hughley has been married for more than 25 years and has three children.
Oscar winner Adrien Brody will star as illusionist Harry Houdini in a miniseries for A&E. The series will follow Houdini’s rise from desperate poverty to worldwide fame. House of Cards’ Kristen Connolly is also on board to play Houdini’s wife.
Boardwalk Empire’s Bobby Cannavale has joined the cast of the big screen musical Annie. He’ll play a political strategist who is helping Jamie Foxx’s character, Benjamin Stacks, run for mayor. The film stars Quvenzhané (kwuh-VEN-zhuh-nay) Wallis in the title role, with Cameron Diaz and Rose Byrne rounding out the cast.
300’s Rodrigo Santoro will join Will Smith in the thriller Focus. The film stars Smith as a conman who becomes romantically involved with a novice, played by Margot Robbie. Santoro will play the owner of an international auto racing team who is vying for Robbie’s affection.