News from the Sphere – July 31 2008

Harvey Keitel

Best news: Harvey Keitel has been cast as Gene Hunt in LIFE ON MARS. This casting actually makes me want to watch the show now. [Ausiello Files]

Dr. Ray Barnett (Shane West) returns to ER this season for at least 2 episodes. Yay! [Ausiello Files]

Gretchen Mol has been cast as Annie Norris on ABC’s LIFE ON MARS. Looks like ABC listened to critics and decided to recast the show. [Ausiello Files]

Brit James Purefoy is in negotiations to play the lead in NBC’s midseason drama series, PHILANTHROPIST [THR]

Casting Scoops: Keith Carradine in NUMB3RS, Charisma Carpenter in GREEK, and Matthew Davis in DAMAGES [Ausiello Files]

HBO’s TELL ME YOU LOVE me has been cancelled [TV Squad]

TNT has greenlit a new drama, TIME HEALS [THR]

Josh Lucas to star on Showtime’s new series, POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS [THR]

Everwood‘s Debra Mooney to guest star on PUSHING DAISIES [Ausiello Files]

Luke Perry to guest star on LAW & ORDER: SVU [Ausiello Files]