News Mania: Albuquerque Says Goodbye to ‘Breaking Bad,’ Starz’s ‘Outlander’ Cast Grows, SNL Calls in ‘Scandal’ Lead, and More

Welcome to TV Equals first installment of News Mania! The goal is to make this Friday feature your place to find news on upcoming guest stars on your favorite shows, cult show items, behind-the-scenes happenings and all things fun and random that have happened in the TV world in the last week. We will still be bringing you regular news coverage on renewals, cancellations, pick-ups, big casting notices and all of the other stories you’ve come to expect from TV Equals throughout the week, so just think of News Mania as a place for all the news too small for a full-length article, but too awesome to miss.

We’re kicking things off with a real-life farewell to a legendary TV character, the latest Outlander casting news, TV’s Lady Gaga addiction and much, much more! (Please note: if you have yet to watch the Breaking Bad finale, there be spoilers below).

Awesome Flavored News
 

It’s Saturday Night Live with Kerry Washington!

Saturday Night Live is bringing in TV’s most reliable fixer on November 2nd (sorry, Ray Donovan) when Kerry Washington, star of ABC’s hit series Scandal hosts the iconic late-night NBC fixture for the first time. TV Line confirmed the news and also noted that Eminem will be the musical guest for the episode. Yes, Twitter is already bracing for a meltdown of Scandal-sized proportions.

Albuquerque Says Goodbye to Walter White

Walter White’s death will not be in vain. The iconic Breaking Bad character will get a real life send-off this Saturday in Albuquerque when Vernon’s Hidden Valley Steakhouse throws the science teacher turned drug kingpin a funeral for a good cause. The services will be held Saturday October 19, 2013 to say goodbye at Sunset Memorial Park at 4:30pm. Breaking Bad set decorator Michael Flowers will deliver the eulogy, and The Vernon’s Steakhouse Walter White funeral reception will start at 8:00pm. All proceeds from the benefit will go to Vernon’s Steakhouse Walter White Endowment Fund at the Albuquerque Community Foundation benefiting Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless (AHCH). For more information on the event and how to donate, check out the official site.

Margo Martindale Set to Return to The Americans Season 2

Grannie’s back! At least for one episode.

TV Line revealed that Margo Martindale will reprise her role as Elizabeth and Phillip’s cold as a Russian winter KGB handler for at least one episode in season two. Let the rejoicing begin!

This Week in Fandom News
 

Doctor Who Lands a Cinematic Director

Earlier this week, EW reported that Ben Wheatley, director of Kill Shot and Sightseers, has been tapped to direct the first two episodes of Peter Capaldi’s run as the 12th Doctor. Wheatley is known for his knack for combining genres and the violence in his films. How do you think the director will handle the new Doctor?

Starz’s Outlander Casts Geillis Duncan

Lotte Verbeek (The Borgias) has landed the key role of Geillis Duncan in Starz’s upcoming adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s seven-part bestselling series Outlander. Geillis specializes in herbal remedies and is regarded by many to be a witch. She and the time-traveling Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) become fast friends…even though Geillis is known for being a master manipulator.

In the Flesh Season 2 Begins Production

BBC America announced this week that production on a second season of the twisty zombie series In the Flesh has begun. Things will pick up with Kieren Walker, a PDS (Partially Deceased Syndrome), trying to keep a low profile in his community while stashing back money for his escape fund. Meanwhile, public opinion continues to be split as the Pro-Living Party, Victus, gains seats in the government which in turn, causes the Undead Liberation Army (ULA) to strike back.

“With its uniquely naturalistic take on the zombie genre, told as much from the point of view of the Zombies, or PDS Sufferers themselves as that of the locals forced to live alongside them, In the Flesh is original, dramatic, funny, politically engaged and never less than 100% emotionally truthful,” says Jim O’Hanlon, Director. “It’s rare to find a series that is so exciting, entertaining and humorous, yet has so much to say about the world we live in today. The characters have genuine verve, wit, color and depth and I can’t wait to get started on bringing them to life.”

In the Flesh‘s six-part second season is scheduled to air in 2014 on BBC America.

Syfy’s Heroes of Cosplay Season One Gets Extended Run

Syfy has a hit on their hands with Heroes of Cosplay and they know it. The network announced that they have ordered six additional episodes of the competitive cosplay series.

Sharknado Star Cassie Scerbo Returns to Syfy

Cassie Scerbo isn’t done battling mutated Syfy movie creatures yet. After facing off with the Sharknado, the actress will team up with Jonathan Lipnicki (Jerry Maguire) to take down the Beast of the Bering Sea (spoiler alert: they’re sea vampires) on Saturday, November 23 at 9PM (ET/PT) on Syfy.

TV Goes Gaga for Lady Gaga
 

Glee Plans Lady Gaga/Katy Perry-themed episode

According to TV Line, Glee‘s November 7th return will give Gaga and Perry fans something to sing about. The hitmakers latest songs “Applause” and “Roar” will be featured in the episode that is appropriately called “A Katy or a Gaga.” Watch the promo below!

ABC Sets Up a Date for Lady Gaga to Hang Out with The Muppets on Thanksgiving Night

Forget the turkey, the main event for Little Monsters and Muppet fans this Thanksgiving will be tuning into ABC’s “Lady Gaga & The Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular” November 28th at 9:30-11:00 p.m., ET on ABC. The 90-minute special will feature Gaga and The Muppets combining forces to put on a show featuring holiday favorites and Gaga hits…let’s just hope Kermit never saw Gaga’s infamous dress, or the whole thing could turn into a fiasco.

Casting Corner
 

The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Community‘s Yvette Nicole Brown will stop by episode six of NBC’s new series Welcome to the family to play an “overbearing next-door neighor.”

Game of Thrones‘ Ygritte (Rose Leslie) will be moonlighting in season two of Channel 4’s conspiracy thriller Utopia.

– From super spy to judge: TV Line broke the news that former Alias‘ star Victor Garber will banging a gavel on The Good Wife.

The Most Random News Item of the Week Goes to…
 

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In addition to renewing, Small Town Security for a third season, AMC also decided that what the world really needs is a series about the world of competitive arm wrestling. AMC describes the series thusly: “King of Arms will follow the members of five arm wrestling clubs, and their friends and families, as they hit the road and wager their rent money, reputations and even their relationships in pursuit of victory.” That doesn’t sound depressing at all, does it?

King of Arms will debut alongside the second half of The Walking Dead so don’t expect it to be cancelled anytime this decade.

 

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