henry winkler michelle tractenburg TV bites: Henry Winkler is a 'Royal Pain(s),' Georgina's back on 'Gossip Girl'Henry Winkler heads to USA, Georgina Sparks is back on the UES and “American Choppers” is done on TLC.

Ayyyyy! Henry Winkler is coming to the second season of “Royal Pains” on USA. Winkler will be playing Eddie R. Lawson, daddy dearest to Hank (Mark Feuerstein) and Evan (Paulo Costanzo). As far as looks go, that’s a great piece of casting right there.

Meanwhile, the bitch is back on the Upper East Side for the season three finale. Details are still being worked out, but Georgina Sparks was sent away under circumstances not to her liking, so actress Michelle Tractenburg assures fans “Georgina will be seeking vengeance.”

In pilot land…

“That ’70s Show” actress Laura Prepon has been cast in ABC comedy “Awkward Situations for Men.” She plays opposite British on-air personality Danny Wallace, who plays himself. Prepon is his wife Meg who works at a smoothie shop. A hilarious clashing of cultures ensues, one presumes.

“Reaper” actor Bret Harrison has been slotted into FOX’s untitled Adam Goldberg single-camera comedy, directed by Seth
Gordon. It revolves around 20-something geniuses (Harrison is one) who crack computer security systems.

“The Sopranos” actor Michael Kelly has been snagged for the CBS spinoff of “Criminal Minds,” which has already cast Forest Whitaker too.  The spinoff focuses on a new group of profilers who work outside the FBI red tape. Oooh, rogue profilers.

ABC has picked up “Wright vs. Wrong,” a comedy from Stephanie Weir (“MadTV”) about a female Republican pundit.

Finally, TLC has canceled “American Choppers.” Its final episode airs Thursday, Feb 11 at 9 p.m. ET. A source tells TMZ, “The Teutuls will always be a part of the Discovery family and we
congratulate them on a tremendously successful series run.”


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