NEWS ROUNDUP

'General Hospital' Star Joins '24'

Plus: New Bohemians keyboard player shot to death, Kelly Clarkson embarking on fall tour, judge postpones start of R. Kelly child pornography trial, and more...

ANNIE WERSCHING
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ANNIE WERSCHING

GH's Wersching joins 24
General Hospital star Annie Wersching has been cast in a lead role opposite Keifer Sutherland on next season's 24. She will play an FBI agent who is in an adversarial relationship with Sutherland's character, Jack Bauer. Wersching has played Amelia Joffe on the ABC soap opera since March. She's previously appeared on Supernatural, Boston Legal, and Star Trek: Enterprise, and she co-starred on the Fox/20th TV drama pilot Company Man this past development season. Bob Gunton is also in negotiations to join 24 as a regular next season. Gunton guest-starred on three episodes of 24 last season as Secretary of Defense Ethan Kanin. He will reprise his role as Kanin, who is now chief of staff for the new president, played by Cherry Jones. (Hollywood Reporter)

New Bohemians keyboardist shot to death
Jeffrey Carter Albrecht, a keyboard player for Edie Brickell & New Bohemians since 1999, was shot to death early Monday (Sept. 3) while trying to kick in the door of his girlfriend's neighbor, according to Dallas police. Albrecht, 34, reportedly was staying at his girlfriend's house when he went next door to knock on the neighbor's door at about 4 a.m. The neighbor, police say, thought Albrecht was a burglar trying to break in and shot the musician through his door, killing him at the scene. It is not yet clear why Albrecht went to the neighbor's home. Police are investigating. In addition to playing with the New Bohemians, Albrecht also played and sang in the Dallas rock band Sorta and was working on a solo album. (AP via Yahoo!)

Kelly Clarkson doing fall tour
Kelly Clarkson will embark on a theater tour this fall, kicking off with a show on Oct. 10 at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY, and wrapping on Dec. 4 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Clarkson scrapped plans for a summer arena tour earlier this year due to slow ticket sales. (Billboard)

R. Kelly child porn trial delayed
A judge has delayed the start of R. Kelly's child pornography trial, which was originally scheduled to begin Sept. 17. The lead prosecutor recently gave birth, and the judge stated that because she would not be able to proceed, per her doctor's orders, the trial would be pushed back to an undetermined date. This is the latest in a long series of delays. The charges date back to an incident in 2002. The R&B singer faces 14 counts of child pornography for allegedly videotaping himself having sex with a girl prosecutors said was 14 years old at the time. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000. (MTV)

Leguizamo, Dennehy cast in Righteous Kill
John Leguizamo, Brian Dennehy, Dan Futterman (A Mighty Heart, Judging Amy), Trilby Glover (The Starter Wife), and professional skateboarder Rob Drydek have been cast in the Jon Avnet-directed Righteous Kill, which stars Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. Carla Gugino (Entourage, Threshold), 50 Cent, and Donnie Wahlberg also star. The story is about long-time police detectives investigating a series of vigilante killings in New York City. Shooting starts this week. (Variety)

Roseanne's Gilbert and Galecki reunite for CBS comedy
Sara Gilbert will reunite with Johnny Galecki on Galecki's new CBS comedy series, The Big Bang Theory. Gilbert is set to do a multiepisode arc on Big Bang, which revolves around Leonard (Galecki) and Sheldon (Jim Parsons), two socially inept physicists who befriend their new pretty neighbor (Kaley Cuoco). Gilbert will play a love interest for Leonard. She is a fellow physicist who works with him. Galecki and Gilbert's characters on Roseanne, David and Darlene, had an on-again, off-again relationship before finally getting married in the second-to-last season of the ABC series. Gilbert earned two Emmy nominations for the role. She has been recurring on NBC's ER. (Hollywood Reporter)

Seth Green, Master P teaming for videogame
Master P's P Miller Enterprises is partnering with Seth Green and Matthew Senreich of Stoopid Monkey Prods. (Robot Chicken) and ShadowMachine Films (Moral Orel) on the development of ''Play the Industry,'' an original hip-hop-themed role-playing videogame. Users will navigate through a 3-D world, working their way up to stardom either as an athlete, power broker, hip-hop artist, or other character. It is not yet known what platform the game will be released on. Stoopid Monkey and ShadowMachine are currently working on a script, talking with developers about taking on the project, and lining up financing. The partners hope to have a developer on board in the next several months and a release by late 2009. (Hollywood Reporter)

HGTV greenlights third season of Design Star
HGTV will do a third season of its hit design competition show Design Star. It is set to run in the third quarter of 2008. The second-season finale of Design Star will air Sept. 16 at 9 p.m. (Hollywood Reporter)

Doctor Who taking two-year break
The fifth season of the BBC's latest iteration of the sci-fi action drama Doctor Who will not air until 2010 because actor David Tennant is taking time off to do stage work with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford Upon Avon. The fourth season of the international hit series will air in the spring of 2008. The BBC will air three one-off specials during 2009 and a Christmas special in 2008. (Reuters/Hollywood Reporter)

CELEBRITY NEWS

Reuters: A study found that rock stars are two to three times more likely to die prematurely than the general population. ''Factors such as stress, changes from popularity to obscurity, and exposure to environments where alcohol and drugs are easily available, can all contribute to substance use as well as other self-destructive behaviors,'' the report said.

People.com: Wes Anderson says that Owen Wilson is doing well and making him laugh a lot.

TMZ.com: Today has canceled its interview with Rita Cosby about her book in which she claims Howard K. Stern and Larry Birkhead had a ''relationship.''

Originally posted Sep 04, 2007