TV Guide Magazine has confirmed that O’Loughlin and his alter ago, Steve McGarrett, will only miss one full episode of the CBS cop drama — though, unfortunately, said installment happens to be Five-0‘s buzzy NCIS: LA crossover event (airing April 30 and May 1).
A spokesperson for O’Loughlin announced earlier this month that the actor was seeking treatment for prescription pain medication, and would be taking leave from Hawaii Five-0 for an unspecified amount of time.
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• Erin Way (Detroit 1-8-7) has joined Season 2 of Syfy’s Alphas (to debut in July) as Kat, the team’s newest superhuman investigator. Her ability is to pick up any skill at a glance — though for a limited and unpredictable span of time.
• MTV on Friday ordered a 28th season of The Real World, and a 23rd cycle of its competition spinoff The Challenge. Meanwhile, The Real World: St. Thomas (aka Season 27) is currently in production in the Caribbean.
• New Girl‘s Kali Hawk has been added to the cast of Fox’s upcoming In Living Color reboot, Deadline reports.
• The upcoming third season of Rizzoli & Isles will see the return of several familiar faces, TVGuide.com reports, including Chazz Palminteri (Jane’s father), Ed Begley Jr. (Dr. Pike), Chris Vance (Jane’s ex-fling), Jacqueline Bisset (Maura’s adoptive mother), John Doman (Maura’s father) and Colin Egglesfield (Jane’s brother). Season 3 of the TNT drama premieres Tuesday, June 5.
• ABC will try out GBC in Desperate Housewives‘ plum Sunday at 9 pm time slot on April 8, airing two all-new episodes back-to-back.
• MTV2 has given the green light to Hip Hop Squares, a modern twist on the classic tic-tac-toe game show. America’s Got Talent host Nick Cannon and Vampire Diaries star Kat Graham, among others, will fill the squares.
• Oscar-nominated actress Candy Clark (American Graffiti) will play JJ’s mom in Criminal Minds‘ Season 7 finale, per TVGuide.com.
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