aisha tyler open gi Aisha Tyler joins Ryan Murphy's 'Open'; 'Last Comic Standing' returns to NBC, againAisha Tyler has joined the cast of Ryan Murphy‘s HBO pilot “Open,” marking a reunion of sorts between actress and producer.

Tyler will play a nurse named Monica in “Open,” TVLine reports. The show is billed as an exploration of contemporary relationships and sexuality. Murphy and Lauren Gussis (“Dexter”) co-wrote the script.

Though Tyler is best known as a comic actress (and co-host of “The Talk”), she has done a fair amount of dramatic work too, including recurring parts on “CSI” and “24.” She has guest-starred on two of Murphy’s other shows, “Glee” and “Nip/Tuck.”

More TV news and notes:

– NBC is reviving “Last Comic Standing” — again. This will be the fourth separate iteration of the comedy competition, which last aired in 2010. Wanda Sykes is among the executive producers this time around; it’s on track to debut in the summer.

Brooke Shields has lined up a guest arc on “The Michael J. Fox Show.” She’ll play a single mother who meets Mike’s (Fox) son Ian (Connor Romero) at a ballroom-dance class — and starts to fall for him. She’s set to appear in three episodes airing in early 2014. [Hollywood Reporter]

Tim Robbins and Jack Black will star in a comedy pilot for HBO called “The Brink.” The show revolves around three men — the secretary of state (Robbins), a low-level foreign service officer (Black) and a fighter pilot (not cast yet) — involved in a political crisis. Roberto Benabib (“Weeds”) and his brother Kim Benabib are writing it, and Jay Roach (“Recount,” “Game Change”) will direct.

– CBS will mark the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” with a two-hour special on Feb. 9, the date of the band’s landmark TV debut. The special will include archival footage as well as contemporary artists covering Beatles songs.

George Lopez has landed a drama pilot at The CW. He’s executive producing “Star Crazy,” about the rise to fame of a young Latina singer. Bob Brush (“The Wonder Years,” “Early Edition”) and actress Mel Harris (“thirtysomething”) will write the script. [Hollywood Reporter]

– Somehow it has taken this long for E! to produce a Kardashian holiday special, but one is coming your way Dec. 1. The cable channel will air 90 minutes of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians: A Very Merry Christmas,” which includes home movies and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of this year’s family Christmas card.

Posted by:Rick Porter