Start your weekend a little early by indulging in some small plates of TV news.
A.J. Cook has landed her first post-“Criminal Minds” role: an episode of “Law & Order: SVU” set to air later this season. She’ll play a crime victim in the episode, which will also feature Jeremy Irons in a guest role. [TV Guide]
“Jurassic Park’s” Sam Neill has signed on to star in J.J. Abrams’ “Alcatraz.” Neill will play Emerson Hauser, “the head of a government agency who radiates authority and piercing intelligence.” “Alcatraz” is about a team of FBI agents tracking missing prisoners guards who reappear in present day. [Deadline]
Former “Family Ties” patriarch Michael Gross will meet the Walkers when he guests on a forthcoming episode of “Brothers & Sisters.” He’ll play a restaurant critic who takes an interest in Saul (Ron Rifkin); Gross is booked for just one episode now but could come back later on. [E! Online]
The star-studded cast of HBO’s upcoming drama “Luck” just got a little more wattage. Michael Gambon (the “Harry Potter” movies, “Gosford Park”) will have a recurring role on the David Milch/Michael Mann show, which also features Dustin Hoffman, Joan Allen and Dennis Farina. Patrick J. Adams has also snagged a recurring part. [Deadline]
The Science Channel has picked up the Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant-produced series “An Idiot Abroad,” in which their podcast whipping boy Karl Pilkington goes to see the Seven Wonders of the World and other sites. The series aired earlier this year on Sky1 in the U.K. [Variety]
Comedian Whitney Cummings and “Sex and the City” showrunner Michael Patrick King have sold a comedy called “Two Broke Girls” to CBS. As the title implies, it’s about a pair of young women of modest means who are trying to live in New York. Cummings is a co-exec producer of the pilot but likely won’t star; she’s set to appear on-camera in another pilot at NBC. [Deadline]