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Days Of Our Lives (1965cur­rent; see more on p25) trou­ble­maker Nicole Walker (Ari­anne Zucker) is done – ac­tress Ari­anne is leav­ing for good (again) af­ter be­ing an on-again-off-again cast mem­ber since 1998. She quit the first time in 2006 but re­turned in 2008 to win three Day­time Emmy Awards. She re­leased a state­ment on her web­site to say that “there are a thou­sand girls who would love this role, but for me the time has come to say good­bye”. Ari­anne added that “al­though noth­ing is ever per­ma­nent and I never like to say never, it is bye for now. I will see you all in other places, as other char­ac­ters and I am ex­cited for my jour­ney”.

Jane Lynch hasn’t had much to sing about since mu­si­cal dram­edy Glee (2009-2015) ended. Her last scripted se­ries – dark com­edy Angel From Hell (2016) – was pulled from the air af­ter five episodes but things seem to be look­ing up. Jane’s been cast in the pilot for com­edy show Rel­a­tively Happy (due later in 2017) about two adult sib­lings who move in to­gether af­ter one of them ex­pe­ri­ences a loss. Jane will play di­vorce at­tor­ney Bobbi, which the writ­ers orig­i­nally wanted as a male char­ac­ter but felt that “Jane would be per­fect to” af­ter meet­ing her. Mu­sic fans will need to keep their eyes peeled when epic fan­tasy se­ries Game Of Thrones (2011-cur­rent) re­turns for sea­son 7 in July this year – Cas­tle On The Hill singer Ed Sheeran has been given a cameo “as a sur­prise to Maisie [Wil­liams, who plays Arya Stark and is a fan of Ed’s],” says show cre­ator David Be­nioff. Ed is ru­moured to be play­ing one of the zomb­i­fied wildlings.

As re­ported in the 1 March tv­plus, Nick Can­non has con­firmed that he has left re­al­ity tal­ent show Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent (2006- cur­rent) as their host and pre­sen­ter. And his re­place­ment has been found – AGT judge Howie Man­del tweeted “Please wel­come Tara Banks to the NBCAGT fam­ily! She’s our new host!” Luck­ily Tyra will feel right at home – she was the host and one of the judges on re­al­ity show Amer­ica’s Next Top Model (2003-cur­rent) for 22 of the 23 sea­sons.

This is no “bazinga!” mo­ment – nerdy com­edy show The Big Bang The­ory’s (2007-cur­rent) spin-off has been picked up by CBS net­work and comes with a cre­ative ti­tle: Young Shel­don. It’s the pre­quel to the award­win­ing show cre­ated by Chuck Lorre and will fol­low Shel­don Cooper as a nine-year-old in East Texas. Big Bang’s Shel­don – Jim Par­sons – will be ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ing and nar­rat­ing, while play­ing young Shel­don will be Iain Ar­mitage (Ziggy in thriller drama se­ries Big Lit­tle Lies, 2017). Coun­try drama show Nashville (2012-cur­rent) has con­firmed that Rachel Bil­son (Sum­mer in drama show The OC, 2003-2007) and Kaitlin Dou­ble­day (Rhonda in mu­sic drama Em­pire, 2015- cur­rent) will be join­ing mid­way through sea­son 5. Rachel In­sta­grammed a photo of her­self with Chris Car­mack ( Will Lex­ing­ton in the show), cap­tioned, “Wel­come to Nashville B******… This is how it’s done in Ten­nessee!” [a ref­er­ence to one of Chris’s lines as Luke on The OC, where they were also co-stars]

Dark com­edy Bet­ter Call Saul (2015-cur­rent) is bring­ing in the big guns as the pre­quel to drama se­ries Break­ing Bad (2008-2013) rum­bles on. Fans can now look forward to drug king­pin chicken-restau­rant owner Gus Frings (Gian­carlo Es­pos­ito) pop­ping up in 2017’s sea­son 3 and ru­mour is that Break­ing Bad lead star Bryan Cranston could be lined up to reprise his role as Wal­ter White, al­though that may be kept for sea­son 4 if re­newed.

Days’ Ari­anne Zucker.

Rachel Bil­son and Chris Car­mack from Nashville.

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