… The upcoming NBC drama The Firm, an adaptation of the film and book of the same name, has added a little star power, casting Juliette Lewis as lead character Mitch’s sexy secretary Tammy. I still have a bit of a problem with seeing “Juliette Lewis” and “sexy” in the same sentence, but I guess that’s because I’m constantly being hounded by Eastern European supermodels. Also joining the show is The Killing‘s Callum Keith Rennie, who’ll play Mitch’s older brother Ray. Josh Lucas will play Mitch, as was previously announced. [NBC]

True Blood is based on books, you know. Books by Charlaine Harris. Well, Charlaine Harris has apparently put an end date on the Southern Vampire Mysteries, saying that she will only write two more books for a total of 13. The show has deviated from the books a ton, so don’t worry too much about how Charlaine’s selfish decision might impact the series. We will see a 70-year-old Anna Paquin playing Sookie. [MTV]

… The rumors of ABC’s Desperate Housewives considering an end date are being stoked again. Even though most of the principal players are signed on through next year, there’s talk of ending the show in the spring and going out with a bang. [TV Guide]

… When you think of action, you think Harry’s Law! Mark Valley, who last starred as a punching, shooting, ass-kicking machine in Human Target, is joining the NBC series as a lawyer who works alongside Harriet (Kathy Bates). You should have just stuck with Fringe, Mark! In other Harry’s Law news (you know you can’t get enough) Shooter McGavin has been upped to regular. [EW / Deadline Hollywood]

… Syfy’s Alphas started off strong, grabbing 2.5 million viewers for its Monday series premiere, earning the title of SyFy’s Biggest Debut Since 2009. [Syfy via press release]

Curb Your Enthusiasm returned for its delayed 8th season on Sunday, and Larry David can thank vampires for its success. The comedy drew 1.7 million viewers, up 53 percent from last season’s premiere. This year, Curb was helped by its lead-in, True Blood, which bounced back from a dismal holiday weekend performance (last Sunday’s audience was cut in half, hindered by HBOGO.com’s advanced preview of the second episode a week early) with 5 million viewers, about average. [EW]

… CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 is adding Happy Town alum Lauren German to its cast. She’ll play a former Homeland Security officer who is impossibly cute. Only on television! [TV Line]

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