freddie smith '90210' casts Teddy's new love interest; Phyllis Frelich cast as Grissom's mom on 'CSI'

Sorry Teddy/Ian shippers! Newcomer Freddie Smith has been cast as Teddy’s (Trevor Donovan) new beau, Marco on “90210”. Marco is described as a “hot, super-athletic, openly gay love interest.” Fans can expect to see Smith turn up sometime in February. Kyle Riabko, who plays Teddy’s current love interest Ian, has reportedly chosen to leave to make himself available for pilot season. [Movieline]

Tony award-winning actress Phyllis Frelich has been cast on “CSI” as Gil Grissom’s long lost mother. The episode, which is set to air Feb. 3, will feature a murder at a school for the death with Frelich’s character teaches at. Grissom’s wife Sara goes to investigate and goes head-to-head with her mother-in-law. Funnily enough, Frelich’s on-screen son, William Petersen, will not appear in the episode. [EW]

Pint-size “Jersey Shore” star Snooki will be placed inside a ball that will drop in Times Square on New Year’s Eve for MTV’s “New Year’s Bash.” The rest of the cast will get the crowd fist-pumping to try and break a Guiness world record. The hour-long show is hosted by comedian Whitney Cummings and will feature a performance by Flo Rida. [The Hollywood Reporter]

“Dallas” star Larry Hagman confirms he’s coming to Wisteria Lane. He’ll be playing Lynette Scavo’s mother’s (played by Stella Wingfield) love interest on “Desperate Housewives.” Hagman also says that a “Dallas” reboot is still in the works with TNT. [The Hollywood Reporter]
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