Michael Ausiello
May 15, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Heroes poised to get its freak on in season 4
Wanna know what the fourth season of Heroes is gonna be like? Go back and watch Carnivàle. Based on the casting breakdowns that are making the rounds in Hollywood, it’s safe to say that the NBC show’s new volume, ”Redemption,” will bear more than a passing resemblance to the much-missed (by me, anyway) HBO drama.

Besides looking for a ”Knife Thrower” and a sexy, twentysomething ”Tattoo Girl,” Heroes is on the hunt for a middle-aged Eddie Izzard type to play the ”Carnival Barker,” a smooth operator who, I hear, has the potential to be a Sylar-esque villain. The series is also searching for an Ellen Page-ish girl to play Claire’s (Hayden Panettiere) quirky college roommate; a stalwart new partner — think Andre Braugher — for Matt (Greg Grunberg); and a deaf actress in her 20s to romance one of the main Heroes. (Note to producers: Scrap the search and just hire Jericho‘s Shoshannah Stern.)

Finally, Nathan (Adrian Pasdar) may have taken over Sylar’s body in the season finale, but a Heroes insider insists Zachary Quinto is not leaving the show — no matter how well Star Trek does at the box office. ”I don’t think Sylar will stay buried for long,” speculates costar Jack Coleman. ”We may be looking at a Jekyll-Hyde thing…a fight between two souls for one body.”
(Additional reporting by Carrier Bell)


They’re over the (Tree) Hill
Get ready for the One Tree Hill reboot. With neither Chad Michael Murray nor Hilarie Burton returning next fall after failing to come to terms on a new contract, producers of The CW’s soap are planning significant changes. In addition to promoting reformed bad boy Austin Nichols to a series regular, the show will add two pivotal characters. Says a Tree Hill insider: ”It’s a good time to shake things up with some new blood.”

An Entourage couple splits up?
It looks like Entourage is breaking up its most entertaining (and arguably most popular) couple, Ari and Lloyd. The HBO comedy will introduce a to-be-cast hottie in his 20s, likely to replace Lloyd as Ari’s assistant midway through the show’s sixth season, which kicks off in July. (No word if an aversion to sushi is a prerequisite for getting the job.) Where’s Rex Lee’s Lloyd going? HBO declined to comment, but rumor has it that the long-suffering grunt may finally be getting that much-deserved promotion.

Alanis lights up Weeds‘ season 5
Alanis Morissette is joining Weeds as Mary-Louise Parker’s ob-gyn. (Nancy’s preggers, ‘memba?) Word is the doc will get involved in a steamy romance with Nancy’s brother-in-law, Andy.

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